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PCOM Celebrates DO Class of 2019 Commencement


May 30, 2019

260 graduates will go on to join the more than 100,000 osteopathic physicians that are currently in practice in the US.


On Friday, May 24th, PCOM graduated 260 osteopathic physicians in a ceremony that highlighted the importance of collaboration and patient understanding in the ever-changing world of healthcare. These graduates will go on to join the more than 100,000 doctors of osteopathic medicine (DOs) that are currently in practice in the US.

“The best physicians are those that strive to develop and retain compassion in the face of constant exposure to human pain and suffering,” said Jay S. Feldstein, DO ’81, president and CEO of PCOM, in his address to the graduates. “Compassion is the embodiment of the wholeness of our osteopathic philosophy, the true recognition of the person’s mind, body and spirit,” he continued.

The graduates were also addressed by commencement speaker Daniel J. Hilferty, CEO of Independence Health Group, parent of Independence Blue Cross, one of the nation’s leading health insurers. “You are one of a very special group, one who answered the call of the world’s greatest and highest impact profession,” said Mr. Hilferty. “Be the one to transform how we care for one another in your own authentic way.”

As a thought leader in healthcare, Mr. Hilferty also spoke about the importance of collaboration between physicians and healthcare organizations and the need to expand affordable healthcare for all Americans. He also invited the graduates to meet with the team at Independence Health Group to help the company better understand the unique needs of today’s physicians.

At the ceremony, the College also presented Charlotte Greene, PhD, and John Simelaro, DO ’71, with the honor of professors emeriti, in appreciation of their continued service to the PCOM community and recognition of excellence in their respective fields.

View a Facebook Live feed of the 2019 DO Commencement ceremony.


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About Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine

Founded in 1899, Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine 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 offers doctoral degrees in clinical psychology, osteopathic medicine, pharmacy, physical therapy and school psychology, and graduate degrees in biomedical sciences, forensic medicine, mental health counseling, organizational development and leadership, physician assistant studies, school psychology, and public health management and administration. Our 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 in inner city and rural locations. For more information, visit pcom.edu.

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