PCOM Celebrates 127th DO CommencementJune 4, 2018
Humanism and compassion for others were frequent themes during the College’s osteopathic
physician graduation events.
“Remember this: you are human beings first and osteopathic physicians second.”
With those words, Jay S. Feldstein, DO ’81, president and CEO, began PCOM’s 127th DO commencement ceremony with a charge for
the new doctors: don’t focus solely on your clinical and scientific skills, but on
your humanity as well.
Humanism and compassion for others was a thread that wove its way throughout this
year’s festivities; at Commencement rehearsal a few days prior, each of the 254 graduating
students was treated to a special gift: a book of poetry from alumnus Murray Zedeck, DO ’62, meant to provide a brief respite from the stress
of the new doctors’ careers.
At the ceremony, Dr. Feldstein said, “I can attest to the fact that as a physician,
you are granted access to humanity in its strongest and its frailest states. Medicine
in action is nothing less than sometimes beautiful, sometimes harrowing poetry.”
Keynote speaker and honorary degree recipient Paul S. Zeitz, DO ’88, MPH, a physician,
epidemiologist and advocate for universal justice, also implored the graduates to
use their voice to stand up for others.
“As physicians you will be on the front lines of what happens in human society,” he
said. “As your journey unfolds you will have a chance to use your voice. I ask you
to speak truth, be bold and serve justice for all, in all of the places you will find
DOs continue to be one of the fastest growing segments of health care professionals
in the U.S.; there are currently more than 100,000 DOs in active medical practice.
According to the Federation of State Medical Boards’ Census of Licensed Physicians,
PCOM is the osteopathic school with the largest number of graduates actively licensed in the U.S.—well over 7,000.
PCOM graduates will now move on to some of the most competitive residencies in the U.S., at institutions including Lehigh Valley Health Network in Allentown,
Pennsylvania; Grandview Medical Center in Dayton, Ohio; and Hutchings Psychiatric
Center in Syracuse, New York.
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About Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine
For the past 125 years, 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, a private, not-for-profit accredited institution of higher education,
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. The college also offers
graduate degrees in applied behavior analysis, applied positive psychology, biomedical
sciences, forensic medicine, medical laboratory science, mental health counseling,
physician assistant studies, and school psychology. 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.
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