PCOM Celebrates 124th DO Commencement Ceremony
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PCOM Celebrates 124th DO Commencement Ceremony

June 9, 2015

On June 7, PCOM graduated the latest group of osteopathic physicians during its 124th ceremony.

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.

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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