Taylor Olian (DO '19) Awarded Mason Pressly Memorial MedalJanuary 22, 2019
Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine (PCOM) has announced Taylor E. Olian (DO ’19) as the recipient of the 2019 Mason Pressly
Memorial Medal. The award is presented to a student for his or her outstanding achievement
and service to the College, the community and the osteopathic profession. Recipients
are selected by representatives of the overall College community. Ms. Olian will receive
her medal at PCOM’s Founders’ Day Awards Luncheon on Friday, January 25.
Ms. Olian’s commitment to the College is made evident through her active involvement
in various clubs and organizations on campus. An example is her role as president of PCOM’s Robert Berger Pediatrics
Society, through which she has increased her own and her colleagues’ exposure to pediatric
subspecialties and has expanded the club’s educational component through presentations
by alumni. She was also a member of the College’s Emergency Medicine, Internal Medicine,
Gastroenterology and Otolaryngology clubs, as well as its chapter of the Association
of the American College of Osteopathic Family Physicians.
Ms. Olian is active as well in the Academy of Pediatrics (AAP), serving as the assistant
district representative and then the district representative for District 3 (covering
Pennsylvania, New Jersey, Maryland, District of Columbia, Delaware and West Virginia)
to facilitate communication between the Academy and medical schools and to help plan
national advocacy events. She also is a member of the leadership council of the AAP’s
Section on Pediatric Trainees—with 16,000 medical students, residents and fellowship
trainees, the Academy’s largest section—serving as its national liaison to the Section
on Osteopathic Pediatricians.
In addition to her work on campus, Ms. Olian is an active volunteer in her community,
logging over 400 community service hours in her four years of medical school. Since
2009, Ms. Olian has spent four days each summer at Camp AsthmaCadabra, an overnight
camp designed for children with asthma between ages 7 and 13, in White Haven, Pennsylvania.
She began as a counselor and subsequently joined the medical staff, and she plans
to take on a leadership role in the next few years. Ms. Olian relishes the opportunity
to “take a complex medical condition and be able to relate it in a way that children
can understand. The goal is to have them be able to take ownership of their condition,
and that’s something I really pride myself on.”
During summer 2018, Ms. Olian volunteered in the neonatal intensive care unit at AtlantiCare
in Pomona, New Jersey. She was a baby cuddler whose charges included babies with neonatal
abstinence syndrome who were going through withdrawal. She has also been a child-life
services volunteer in the emergency room at Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia.
Ms. Olian will receive her doctor of osteopathic medicine from PCOM in the spring. She received her undergraduate degree from Elizabethtown
College in 2014 and her certificate in biomedical sciences from PCOM in 2015. Ms. Olian is originally from Hazle Township, PA and currently
resides in Philadelphia, PA.
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