Vitals Names PCOM as Top Producer of Best Doctors in U.S.January 29, 2016
Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine has been recognized as a top producer
of award-winning doctors.
PCOM produces some of the best doctors in the nation, according to an annual, national
review of patient reviews conducted by Vitals, a health website that annually helps
more than 120 million people access affordable health care.
For its 8th Annual Vitals Patients’ Choice awards, Vitals recognized the College as being one
of the top five schools in the nation to produce the most award winners. PCOM was
the only osteopathic medical school to be recognized in the top 10. Drexel University,
the only other Philadelphia school to be recognized, placed seventh.
“This news is certainly well-received, but it’s of no surprise that our doctors have
been recognized by their patients as being among the best,” says Kenneth Veit, DO ’76, MBA, provost, senior vice president for academic affairs and dean. “Since its founding,
PCOM has trained physicians through programs guided by the osteopathic medical tradition,
which emphasizes treatment of the whole patient, not just their symptoms. Our educational
culture focuses intensely on patient care from Day One of the DO program.”
Winners are chosen based on millions of reviews and ratings collected in the calendar
year from patients. Vitals applied algorithms on top of its robust database to determine
the list of physicians eligible for the award season. Annually, only 5 percent of
doctors nationwide are named a Vitals Patients’ Choice winner.
Winners tend to score highest in two key areas of patient satisfaction: experience
(winners have about 2 years more experience than other physicians), and low patient
wait time; winners tend to see their patients about 20 percent sooner than other physicians,
according to a statement from Vitals.
“Everyone wants a knowledgeable doctor. And in today’s busy world, people want a doctor
that values their time and doesn’t keep them waiting. Vitals Patients’ Choice identifies
the physicians who patients value for many reasons,” said Mitch Rothschild, founder
and executive chairman for Vitals. “We believe these awards are useful in helping
consumers search for and select the best qualified doctor.”
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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