PCOM Receives 2022 HEED Award | Diversity and Inclusion
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PCOM’s Diversity and Inclusion Efforts Recognized 
8th Consecutive HEED Award

October 19, 2022

For the eighth consecutive year, Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine (PCOM) has been named a recipient of the Health Professions Higher Education Excellence in Diversity (HEED) Award from INSIGHT Into Diversity magazine, and will be featured along with 64 other recipients in the magazine’s December 2022 issue.

The annual Health Professions HEED Award is a national honor recognizing U.S. health colleges and universities that demonstrate an outstanding commitment to diversity and inclusion.

Dr. Marcine Pickron-Davis“As an institution, PCOM is steadfast in its commitment to embedding DEI into every facet of what we do,” said Marcine Pickron-Davis, PhD, chief diversity and community relations officer. “The diversity of our campus community is one of our greatest strengths and building on that strength will continue to be one of our top priorities as we move toward the future.”

INSIGHT Into Diversity magazine selected PCOM for its strong commitment to diversity, equity and inclusion and its numerous programs supporting these efforts. Notable accomplishments include the African American and Hispanic Male Undergraduate Research Initiative, a partnership between PCOM and Cabrini University, which offers research opportunities for African American and Hispanic male undergraduate science and psychology students; and the Community-Based Faculty Fellowship, open to faculty members who are interested in engaging community-based organizations and PCOM students in collaborative research studies. Preference for this fellowship is given to proposals that include inter-professional initiatives and engage multiple students.

“The Health Professions HEED Award process consists of a comprehensive and rigorous application that includes questions relating to the recruitment and retention of students and employees — and best practices for both — continued leadership support for diversity, and other aspects of campus diversity and inclusion,” said Lenore Pearlstein, publisher of INSIGHT Into Diversity magazine. “We take a detailed approach to reviewing each application in deciding who will be named a Health Professions HEED Award recipient. Our standards are high, and we look for schools where diversity and inclusion are woven into the work being done every day across their campus.”

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