Partnerships Help PCOM Address Clinical Education CrisisFebruary 3, 2023
While enrollment in healthcare education programs continues to grow across the nation,
a significant challenge is the clinical education of medical and allied health students after the didactic years occur. A new report
from the Association of American Medical Colleges underscores the dire shortages of
clinical training sites and preceptors, especially in primary care.
Through recent strategic partnerships with Chestnut Hill Hospital, St. Christopher’s
Hospital for Children and other healthcare facilities, PCOM has expanded and established
pipelines to secure clinical spots for its DO and physician assistant studies students.
“As a College, we understand that to effectively train the next generation of healthcare
leaders, we must address the national shortfalls in clinical and graduate medical
education,” says Jay S. Feldstein, DO ’81, president and chief executive officer, PCOM, of the College’s recent partnerships,
which not only fortify training opportunities but also solidify PCOM’s commitment
to community health.
Chestnut Hill Hospital
On January 1, 2023, the Alliance PCOM formed with Temple Health and Redeemer Health officially acquired Chestnut Hill Hospital. The newly named Temple Health – Chestnut
Hill Hospital (TH-CHH) will remain a freestanding, licensed acute-care hospital under
a not-for-profit company owned and controlled by the Alliance and managed by Temple
Health. PCOM has strong roots at TH-CHH, including established residency programs
in internal medicine, surgery and the transitional year. “This opportunity is significant,”
says Dr. Feldstein. “Through our partnership, we will implement and expand clinical
opportunities for our DO and physician assistant studies students while preserving
a hospital that has been serving its Philadelphia community for more than 100 years.”
St. Christopher’s Hospital for Children
In June 2022, the College announced that—with other private and public donors—it contributed financial support to St. Christopher’s Hospital for Children, helping to sustain the hospital’s vital work while establishing an academic affiliation
agreement to provide PCOM DO and physician assistant studies students clinical training
opportunities in pediatrics. This agreement maintains the College’s residency partnerships
in surgery, plastic surgery, orthopedics and otolaryngology. It also provides PCOM
with representation on St. Christopher’s board of trustees.
vybe urgent care
The recent renovation of Family Medicine at PCOM paired with the construction of neighboring vybe urgent care offers clinical opportunities
for PCOM DO, physician assistant studies, behavioral health, and pharmacy students
to learn in a hands-on, interprofessional, team-based medical environment.
PCOM Simulation Center at Bayhealth
Located at Bayhealth Hospital, Kent Campus, Delaware, this newly constructed, state-of-the-art training space is designed to provide a high-tech immersive learning environment for medical students,
residents and healthcare professionals. PCOM and Bayhealth have a long-standing partnership. For years, Bayhealth has been an undergraduate medical education site for PCOM medical
students completing their third- and fourth-year rotations. Many PCOM graduates have
joined Bayhealth’s graduate medical education programs.
Core Clinical Campuses
In partnership with Wellstar Health System, PCOM has established a core clinical campus
at Wellstar North Fulton Hospital in Roswell, Georgia, and is working to add a core
clinical campus at Shore Medical Center at Somers Point, New Jersey.
About Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine
Founded in 1899, Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine (PCOM) has trained thousands
of highly competent, caring physicians, health practitioners and behavioral scientists
who practice a “whole person” approach to care—treating people, not just symptoms.
PCOM operates three campuses (PCOM, PCOM Georgia and PCOM South Georgia) and offers doctoral degrees in clinical psychology, educational psychology, osteopathic
medicine, pharmacy, physical therapy and school psychology, and graduate degrees in
applied behavior analysis, applied positive psychology, biomedical sciences, forensic
medicine, medical laboratory science, mental health counseling, non profit leadership
and population health management, organizational development and leadership, physician
assistant studies, school psychology, and public health management and administration.
PCOM students learn the importance of health promotion, research, education and service
to the community. Through its community-based Healthcare Centers, PCOM provides care
to medically underserved populations. For more information, visit pcom.edu or call 215-871-6100.
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