PCOM Hosts Opportunities Academy June 29, 2022
STEM+M Camp for Philadelphia High Schoolers
Recently, Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine (PCOM) hosted its annual Opportunities Academy. This week-long enrichment program brings together over thirty local high school
students, ranging from first-year to seniors, from local high schools. The program
aims to introduce these students to opportunities in health care and provide mentoring
in their journey to college readiness. Students enrolled in this program identify
as African American, Latino or other groups that are traditionally underrepresented
“We are very excited to have the Opportunities Academy back on campus this year,”
shared Alicia Hahn-Murphy, MS, assistant director, diversity and community relations
and director of this year’s program. “In this program, students are able to see many
different sides of health care and gain hands-on knowledge and skills training that
we hope they will use in their future careers in STEM+M,” continued Ms. Hahn-Murphy.
The Opportunities Academy is led by PCOM faculty and students in the biomedical science and doctor of osteopathic medicine program. Deneen Hendrick, DO `90, clinical instructor, pediatrics, served as the
faculty advisor. Students in the Opportunities Academy participated in activities
such as learning to take someone’s blood pressure, administering CPR, a tour of PCOM’s
clinical learning and assessment center (CLAC), multiple visits to the anatomy lab, a lesson in immunology and more.
The goals of the academy include encouraging students to practice critical thinking
skills and engage in problem-based learning. Students also participated in a photo
scavenger hunt with their mentors and developed poster boards showcasing their favorite
parts of the week. The week wrapped up with an award ceremony. Awards were presented
by program mentors Amanda Kasumu (DO `25) and Owen McLeod II (DO `25).
This year’s Opportunities Academy was sponsored by J.P. Morgan, Christopher Ludwick
Foundation, 3M and Hologic. PCOM Georgia and PCOM South Georgia will also host the Opportunities Academy on their campuses.
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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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