PCOM Receives Largest Ever Charitable GiftJuly 20, 2020
Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine (PCOM) today announced it will receive a $5 million gift, the largest in the College’s 121-year
history, from Howard A. Hassman, DO ’83. The gift will be received as part of a charitable
remainder trust with proceeds added to the Hassman Family Endowed Scholarship.
“I’m hopeful that my classmates and med school colleagues will also consider making
PCOM part of their estate planning,” said Howard A. Hassman, DO ’83. “I’m forever
grateful to PCOM for allowing my family the opportunity to all become Osteopathic
Proceeds from the trust will be added to the Hassman Family Endowed Scholarship, established
in 1986 in honor of the Hassman family: Joseph M. Hassman, DO '65; Howard A. Hassman,
DO '83; Elissa F. Hassman, DO '86; David R. Hassman, DO '91; and Michael A. Hassman,
DO '94. The scholarship is awarded each year to an osteopathic medical student from the Philadelphia campus who has demonstrated financial need and shows the greatest
interest in pursuing a career in family medicine. Preference is given to a student
from the state of New Jersey.
“This is a transformative gift for PCOM, but more importantly, for the students it
will benefit,” said PCOM President and CEO Jay S. Feldstein, DO ‘81. “We strive to make a PCOM education affordable for all of our students and are tremendously
grateful to Dr. Hassman for helping us achieve that goal. This gift will only add
to the Hassman family legacy at PCOM.”
Dr. Howard A. Hassman, DO ’83, is the chief scientific officer at Apex Innovative
Sciences. Apex is the industry leading independent operator of clinical trial sites
focused on complex clinical trial studies for central nervous system indications (c-n-s).
Apex maintains decades of expertise in conducting Phase I-IV clinical trials for pharmaceutical
and biotechnology sponsors in c-n-s and a wide variety of therapeutic areas including
neurology, psychiatry, addiction, Asian bridging, pain and general medicine. Dr. Hassman
is board certified in family practice and combines his experience as a physician,
expertise in psychopharmacology and decades of experience as an investigator to improve
the quality of life for his patients.
In these unprecedented times, PCOM remains committed to changing the future of medicine
through innovative training, research and expanded programs and opportunities, all
while working to reduce the burdens on students. In addition to scholarships, PCOM students have access to a variety of financial options, including the PCOM Student Emergency Fund launched earlier this year.
Learn more about how you can give to PCOM.
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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, osteopathic medicine, pharmacy,
physical therapy and school psychology, and graduate degrees in biomedical sciences,
forensic medicine, mental health counseling, 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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