PCOM Remembers September 11September 11, 2018
The PCOM chapter of the Student Association of Military Osteopathic Physicians and
Surgeons hosted a remembrance ceremony on the College's campus.
The Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine (PCOM) chapter of the Student Association of Military Osteopathic Physicians and Surgeons
hosted a remembrance ceremony for September 11, honoring the lives lost in the largest
terror attacks on U.S. soil.
Col. Mitchell Paulin, the command surgeon for the 99th Readiness Division in New Jersey,
spoke to a crowd outside of Evans Hall about what the hallowed date meant to him.
That morning after finishing office procedures, he learned about the attacks on the
World Trade Center, Pentagon and the plane crash in Western Pennsylvania.
“At the time I was a physician in the army reserves and a general surgeon with the
hospital unit. Within hours, the alert roster was activated and I reported to Fort
Dix, New Jersey,” he said. He noted that prior to September 11, the Army Reserves
were largely a strategic reserve force but after that, they became an operational
“Seventy-five percent of all medical assets in the Army are in the Reserves,” he said.
“Therefore, we can expect to be involved in almost all future missions deemed necessary
by the National Command Authority.”
He noted other changes in the field of military medicine that occurred after September 11—most notably, that health practitioners from all
branches of the military were working side-by-side more often.
“You are the future of military medicine,” he said. “Those of you who serve should
take great pride in what you’re doing—to conserve the fighting strength and maintain
the health of our soldiers and seamen.”
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