PCOM Celebrates DO Class of 2020 CommencementMay 28, 2020
PCOM recently celebrated the College's 129th commencement with an online ceremony.
This year, there were 251 graduates from the Doctor of Osteopathic Medicine program.
On Tuesday, May 19, at 10 a.m., Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine (PCOM) graduated 251 osteopathic physicians in the College’s 129th commencement ceremony,
a celebratory occasion held for the first time as an online event in the midst of
an historic public health crisis. 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 ceremony was simulcast on the PCOM
Facebook and YouTube pages.
“The job will require flexibility, adaptability, and creativity—meaningful new ideas,
approaches and discoveries,” said Jay S. Feldstein, DO ’81, president and CEO of PCOM, in his address to the graduates. “It will be your forward-thinking
leadership that will restore our nation to health. Your dedicated labor will carry
us through our time of crisis. And your dream to heal will ensure that our healthcare
system, post-pandemic, delivers on the unmet health and wellness needs of our society
as a whole.”
As part of the online event, PCOM students and their families submitted short videos
celebrating their accomplishment, with some including balloons and congratulatory
signs. The clips were then incorporated into the program amid clapping and cheers
from the virtual “crowd.” The ceremonies are available for replay on the College’s YouTube channel.
“You are well prepared for the next step in your life’s journey,” said Kenneth J. Veit, DO ’76, MBA, provost, senior vice president for academic affairs and dean. “Now is a particularly
difficult time in healthcare and in the world, [but] we, at the College, are confident
you will be able to meet and overcome these challenges. Our best wishes and prayers
go with you always.”
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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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