Osteopathic physicians are one of the fastest growing segments of health care professionals in the U.S.; According to the American Osteopathic Association, more than 100,000 DOs are expected to be in active medical practice by 2016. On June 7, PCOM graduated the latest group of osteopathic physicians during its 124th ceremony. The new doctors will now go on to some of the most competitive residencies in the U.S.
Honorary degree recipient John W. Becher, DO ’70, delivered the Commencement address. "Now is the time to demonstrate your ability to lead," he told the graduates. Dr. Becher is president-elect of the American Osteopathic Association and has been chairman and professor of the Department of Emergency Medicine at PCOM since 1981.
The event also marked the first time PCOM President and CEO Jay S. Feldstein, DO ’81, presided over the Philadelphia campus’s DO ceremony. In his remarks, he expressed his hope for the class of 2015. "You will all be much more than a physician,” he said.
Founded in 1899, Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine has trained more than 15,000 highly competent, caring physicians, health practitioners and behavioral scientists who practice a “whole person” approach, treating people, not just symptoms. PCOM offers the doctor of osteopathic medicine, doctor of pharmacy and doctor of psychology degrees and graduate programs in mental health counseling, school psychology, physician assistant studies, forensic medicine, organizational development and leadership, and biomedical sciences. Our students learn the importance of health promotion, education and service to the community and, through PCOM’s Healthcare Centers, provide care to the medically underserved populations in inner city and rural locations.
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