PCOM, Wistar Institute Announce Innovative Biomed Collaboration
February 1, 2024
In a move designed to advance opportunities for students to expand their access to
cutting-edge research and education in the field of biomedical sciences, Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine (PCOM) and The Wistar Institute have announced an academic collaboration to offer degree programs, courses and other
educational opportunities to students at each institution.
“I am thrilled about this collaboration,” said Gregory McDonald, DO ’89, dean of the School of Health Sciences at PCOM. “Wistar has a long track record of
effective and relevant education programming that prepares students for success, so
to be able to offer courses like 'Life Science Innovation' to biomedical sciences
students starting next year is an exciting opportunity.“
“PCOM’s commitment to educating tomorrow’s biomedical leaders through diverse educational
programs is perfectly aligned with The Wistar Institute’s goal of exposing students
to authentic training opportunities,” said Kristy Shuda McGuire, PhD, Dean of Biomedical
Studies at Wistar. “This collaboration will provide students with the foundational
knowledge and the hands-on training they need to successfully pursue careers in the
ever-advancing field of biomedical science.”
“PCOM’s collaboration with The Wistar Institute offers our students tremendous opportunities
to integrate and apply their knowledge of clinically relevant basic science to drug
and vaccine development and validation, and the process of bringing a product to market,”
said Mindy George-Weinstein, PhD, PCOM’s Chief Research and Science Officer. “The agreement also has the potential
to lead to inter-institutional research collaborations.”
The collaboration brings together PCOM, renowned for its commitment to educating students
in holistic health with an emphasis on evidence-based practice and The Wistar Institute,
a global leader in biomedical research in cancer, immunology and infectious disease.
As part of the agreement, trainees at Wistar will have access to PCOM’s foundation year biomedical science curriculum. In addition, students enrolled in PCOM’s Biomedical Sciences program will have access to courses in the rapidly evolving fields of Cancer Biology, Vaccines
and Immune Therapies, and the option to pursue a concentration in Translational Life Sciences. This concentration will be available to students at all three PCOM campuses. Both institutions also recently received grant funding to implement the new courses
and for student travel to Wistar for their annual "Shark Tank" presentation and event.
PCOM will also offer adjunct status to Wistar faculty, with PCOM faculty offered reduced
rates for shared resource services at Wistar.
This collaboration is intended to foster an environment where students can explore,
learn, and contribute to the cutting-edge fields of biomedical research and life sciences.
PCOM and The Wistar Institute hope to use this collaboration as a model to develop
additional collaborative educational opportunities in the future.
About Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine
For the past 125 years, 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, a private, not-for-profit accredited institution of higher education,
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. The college also offers
graduate degrees in applied behavior analysis, applied positive psychology, biomedical
sciences, forensic medicine, medical laboratory science, mental health counseling,
physician assistant studies, and school psychology. 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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