Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine (PCOM) today received the 2017 Health Professions Higher Education Excellence in Diversity (HEED) Award from INSIGHT Into Diversity magazine, the oldest and largest diversity-focused publication in higher education.
The award recognizes U.S. medical, dental, pharmacy, osteopathic, nursing, and allied health schools that demonstrate an outstanding commitment to diversity and inclusion.
“Diversity is a core component of our institutional identity,” said Jay S. Feldstein, DO ’81, president and CEO. “More than just a top-down initiative, we strive to imbue our entire campus culture with a sense of inquiry, respect and appreciation.”
“PCOM’s commitment to diversity is a key pillar of PCOM 2020, the College’s strategic vision,” said Marcine Pickron-Davis, PhD, chief diversity and community relations officer. “The initiatives we have established on campus to foster a more welcoming and inclusive campus exemplifies PCOM as a diversity champion and leader in the field of osteopathic medical education.”
Over the past several years, PCOM has embarked on several initiatives aimed at creating a more diverse and inclusive campus climate. Most recently, the offices of Admissions and Diversity and Community Relations have partnered with minority-focused higher education organizations to actively recruit more minority students and faculty members. Additionally, later this month the College will launch a new, annual lecture series on the unique health issues of the LGBTQ community.
“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. We take a holistic approach to reviewing each application in deciding who will be named a HEED Award recipient. Our standards are high, and we look for institutions where diversity and inclusion are woven into the work being accomplished every day across their campus,” said Lenore Pearlstein, publisher of INSIGHT Into Diversity magazine.
All HEED Award winners will be featured in the December 2017 issue of INSIGHT Into Diversity magazine. For more information about the 2017 Health Professions HEED Award, visit
INSIGHT Into Diversity magazine is the largest and oldest diversity publication in higher education today
and is known for its annual Higher Education Excellence in Diversity (HEED) Award,
the only award recognizing colleges and universities for outstanding diversity and
inclusion efforts across their campuses. In addition to its online job board, INSIGHT Into Diversity presents timely, thought-provoking news and feature stories on matters of diversity
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Founded in 1899, Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine 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 offers doctorate degrees in educational psychology, osteopathic medicine, pharmacy, physical therapy and psychology, and graduate degrees in aging and long-term care administration, biomedical sciences, forensic medicine, mental health counseling, organizational development and leadership, physician assistant studies and school psychology. Our 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 in inner-city and rural locations. For more information, visit pcom.edu.
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