PCOM Leadership Announces Council on Racial Justice
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PCOM Leadership Announces Council on Racial Justice

July 17, 2020
Diverse group of four DO medical students wearing physician white coats smile in front of medical simulation equipment at PCOM
A Black female medical student smiles as a faculty member places the physician white coat on her shoulders during the ceremony at PCOM South Georgia
A female DO medical student smiles while wearing her physician white coat on a walkway
A Black male medical student poses in his physician white coat in front of a surgery table at the PCOM Georgia simulation suite
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The President's Council on Equity, Inclusion and Justice will be led by Marcine Pickron-Davis, PhD, chief diversity and community relations officer.

On Tuesday, June 23, Jay Feldstein, DO '81, president and CEO, Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine (PCOM), announced the formation of the President’s Council on Equity, Inclusion, Justice. In his announcement letter to the PCOM community, Dr. Feldstein shared, “Collectively, as an institution that educates osteopathic physicians, allied health professionals and behavioral scientists, we have a responsibility to address structural racism and inequities that create and perpetuate health care disparities in marginalized communities.”

Dr. Feldstein also shared initial action steps the College will take. Some of these initial action steps include community gatherings for critical reflection, new curricular sections to address disparities in healthcare and recruitment of underrepresented minority faculty and students across all programs.

Professional headshot photograph of Marcine Pickron-Davis, PhD, PCOM's chief diversity officerDr. Feldstein has appointed Marcine Pickron-Davis, PhD, chief diversity and community relations officer, to lead this initiative. The Council includes stakeholders from various departments, including academic affairs, admissions, student affairs, and human resources. Under this Council, six unique working groups representing faculty, staff and students will meet to make recommendations to advance diversity, equity and inclusion in policies and practices.

The formation of this Council will also coincide with the launch of the 2025 Diversity, Equity and Inclusion (DEI) Strategic Plan in July 2020. “This Council will ensure that diversity, equity and inclusion will be fully ingratiated into the overall 2025 plan for the College,” said Dr. Pickron-Davis. “We want to ensure that we are promoting, developing and creating inclusive policies and practices in all areas.”

“The formation of this Council shows that PCOM leadership is listening and responding to the demands for change from students,” shared Chantel Thompson (DO '22), a second-year medical student who will serve on the Council. “My hope is that this Council will support a new generation of students, faculty and staff that value the importance of diversity on campus, one that works to improve patient outcomes across populations.”

In reflecting on the importance of the Council, Dr. Pickron-Davis, who is a Black woman, shared, “If you can see it, you can be it. This Council will work to ensure representation of largely underrepresented populations. From our students, to faculty and staff, we hope to attract and retain people from all backgrounds to the College and ensure that all members of the PCOM family feel a sense of community.”

Learn more about PCOM's current efforts in diversity and community relations.

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