PCOM Names Snyder, Pressly Award RecipientsJanuary 13, 2015
PCOM is pleased to announce this year’s recipients of the OJ Snyder Memorial Medal:
Oliver Bullock, DO ’78 and Joseph Dieterle, DO ’70; and the recipients of the Mason
W. Pressly Memorial Medal: Lauren Smith (DO ’16), GA-PCOM campus, and Valerie Moore
(DO ’15). The recipients will be honored during Founders' Day on Friday, Jan. 23.
Oliver C. Bullock, DO ’78
Oliver C. Bullock, DO ’78, chair of the department of community medicine, has served
PCOM for 27 years. Since joining the College’s faculty in 1988, he has advocated for
the importance of community health. PCOM has supported his efforts in a number of
ways, such as developing a program to allay children’s fears about the doctor’s office
using puppets; and inspiring the College’s Board of Trustees to build brand new facilities
for all PCOM Healthcare Centers in Philadelphia.
Dr. Bullock’s advocacy for community health developed as he began practicing medicine
in the Philadelphia community where he grew up. Early on, he realized that many patients
did not understand or listen to what the doctor was saying. “It was obvious that we
needed to educate the community, so we started doing health fairs on a regular basis,”
Over the years, Dr. Bullock has made numerous contributions to the field including
his service on the Pew Foundation Health Commission, as chairman of the State Board
of Osteopathic Medicine, and as vice chairman of the PCOM Diversity Council. In 2014,
he received the Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Legacy Award.
Joseph A. Dieterle, DO ’70
Joseph A. Dieterle, DO ’70, professor emeritus and member of PCOM’s Board of Trustees,
made numerous contributions to the College over the years. He headed the College’s
department of pediatrics for several years and founded a pediatric residency program
that trained 26 pediatric residents. In addition, he served as vice president of medical
affairs and dean, as well as director of medical education. He also initiated the
College’s DO/MBA dual degree program as well as the Minority Student Scholarship Fund.
In 1989, he took over a private practice in his community of Somers Point, New Jersey;
it grew to include three locations and nine osteopathic physicians, five of whom were
PCOM alumni. Other professional accolades include serving as the first and only osteopathic
president of the Philadelphia Pediatrics Society; serving on the Governor’s Task Force
for Perinatal Health and the Childbirth Education Association; serving as a distinguished
fellow of the American College of Osteopathic Pediatricians and the American Academy
of Pediatrics; and being the first pediatric resident to take both the osteopathic
and allopathic boards. He also was the first osteopathic resident at St. Christopher’s
Hospital for Children in Philadelphia.
“I always hoped that these achievements would bring well deserved recognition to PCOM,”
he says. “I had the best of both worlds during my career—teaching at an outstanding
medical school and taking care of children.”
Valerie Moore (DO ’15)
Valerie Moore (DO ’15) says she strives to both be the best person she can be, and
to also help others be the best they can be. To that end, she has served in numerous
leadership positions and volunteered hundreds of hours to community service projects.
At PCOM, she has served as chair of her class and helped organize the “Walk a Mile
in Her Shoes” event for Women Against Abuse, during which male students walked in
high heels along City and Monument avenues to raise awareness of domestic violence.
Outside of PCOM, she has worked with the Philadelphia Black Women’s Health Alliance,
a program that implements health initiatives, distributes community resources and
provides patient advocacy for women and children throughout the metropolitan Philadelphia
Ms. Moore looks forward to a residency and career in pediatrics, noting that she told
her mother she wanted to be a “baby medical doctor” when she was just three years
old. Specifically, she hopes to focus on underserved patient populations. “I’m very
excited about using the osteopathic philosophy with our littlest, most vulnerable
population,” she says. “I strongly believe that the ideals and principles of osteopathic
medicine are essential to who we are and how we practice as physicians.”
Lauren E. Smith (DO ’16)
Lauren E. Smith (DO ’16) uncovered her desire to become an osteopathic physician during
an anthropological study in Belize. As an intern with that country’s Ministry of Health,
she volunteered at a rural country during a severe outbreak of dengue fever. She worked
with public health and clinical sectors of the Belizean government to help create
a more feasible and effective prevention and treatment plan. She returned a few months
later to conduct a study wherein she interviewed community members about their perceptions
of the disease.
“I became passionate about educating the community in order to make them healthier
and safer,” she says. “Seeing the impact medicine can have on a community inspired
me to pursue medicine as a career.” She found osteopathic medicine to be a natural
fit, as its holistic approach to understanding humanity mirrors osteopathic medicine’s
holistic approach to health care.
Her passion for osteopathic medicine and teaching led to an Osteopathic Manipulative
Medicine (OMM) teaching fellowship at Georgia Campus – Philadelphia College of Osteopathic
Medicine, where she says she learned to think creatively to help her students understand
the material. She hopes to pursue a residency and career in general surgery and plans
to continue teaching OMM as a preceptor and through lecturing.
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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