Med Students Provide Health Screenings for Back to SchoolAugust 27, 2021
PCOM faculty and students assisted local organizations to provide health screenings
and prepare children for the upcoming school year.
Recently, Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine (PCOM) partnered with local organizations to prepare school-aged children for the upcoming
school year. These events, held on Friday, August 20, and Saturday, August 21, included
free health screenings and school supplies for guests in attendance.
Friday’s event was hosted in partnership with Methodist Services, located in Philadelphia,
Pennsylvania. Methodist Services aims to provide life-enriching services to children,
adults and families as they face the challenges of limited resources, increased poverty
and homelessness, disability, inequities in education and behavioral health services.
Saturday’s event was hosted in partnership with the Ward Emmanuel AME Church, also
located in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. This event was led by the PCOM Hearts student-run clinic and included live music, free food and backpacks filled with school supplies for
school-aged children. This event also offered guests 12 years of age and older the
opportunity to receive the COVID-19 vaccine. PCOM Hearts manager, Rachel Caulkins
(DO ‘24) shared “We are excited to work with the Ward Emmanuel AME Church and look
forward to sending the kids off into a new school year.” Other PCOM Hearts managers
include Seth Borochaner (DO ‘24), Pankhuri Walia (DO ‘24) and Shuchi Sehgal (DO ‘24).
PCOM Hearts aims to provide free health care to underserved populations in Philadelphia
with an emphasis on advocacy and education. Partnering with Main Line Health and SunRay
Drugs PCOM Hearts volunteers have administered over 5,000 vaccines since April of
2021. They aim to continue these efforts and expand the services offered to community
members while providing a teaching experience for students.
About the Community Wellness Initiative
With a strong commitment to student volunteer efforts and community wellness, PCOM
President and CEO Jay S. Feldstein, DO ‘81, established the Community Wellness Initiative (CWI) to enhance the culture of holistic health and well-being on PCOM’s campuses and in
the communities they serve. The CWI aims to promote cross-campus collaboration in
educational and health services programming and resources to support the physical,
mental, nutritional and environmental wellness of the College’s communities in Philadelphia
and in Suwanee and Moultrie, Georgia. Focus areas include direct patient care, health
and wellness education, and clinical and community-based research.
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About Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine
Founded in 1899, 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 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, and graduate degrees in
applied behavior analysis, applied positive psychology, biomedical sciences, forensic
medicine, medical laboratory science, mental health counseling, non profit leadership
and population health management, organizational development and leadership, physician
assistant studies, school psychology, and public health management and administration.
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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