Philadelphia High School Students Attend STEM Summer Camp at PCOM
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PCOM Hosts Opportunities Academy 
STEM+M Camp for Philadelphia High Schoolers

June 29, 2022

Philadelphia High School students attend PCOM's Opportunities Academy summer campRecently, 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 in medicine.

“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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