Dear Faculty and Staff:
While the impacts of COVID-19 have affected many aspects of the life of our College,
I remain in awe of the dedication, resilience, creativity, and kindness you have displayed.
Across our three campus locations, you have worked collaboratively to accomplish what
seemed to be an impossible task. In mere days, you transferred doctoral and graduate
program courses to online instruction; approximately 200 faculty from 25 academic
programs transformed over 300 face-to-face spring courses online. And you moved clinical
clerkships for third- and fourth-year students to online teaching modalities encompassing
all core specialties: family medicine, internal medicine, pediatrics, obstetrics/gynecology,
surgery, emergency medicine, and psychiatry.
You shifted the medical practice at our PCOM Healthcare Centers to a telehealth model
so we can continue to serve vulnerable populations even in the face of the COVID-19
pandemic. To date, PCOM Family Medicine is averaging 30 to 40 tele-health visits each
Together, we made tough decisions on matters we never dreamed about addressing, the
latest being the cancellation of our traditional Doctor of Osteopathic Medicine and
Doctor of Pharmacy Commencement Exercises. In this—and in all decisions—you have shown
compassion and empathy for our students whose lives have been disrupted, who are encountering
unique challenges, stresses, and anxieties. Your work has embodied the very tenets
of osteopathic medicine, the unified perspective that mind, body and spirit are interconnected,
lending us a unique ability to heal the whole person.
On a personal level, you have adapted to this time of crisis. You are now working
from home, balancing the responsibilities of your job and care for your families,
including schooling young children. A few of you continue to perform essential, life-sustaining
Finally, many of you are engaged in philanthropy, volunteerism, and/or advocacy as
a part of your personal approach to navigating the pandemic. On behalf of our College,
you have donated our supply of PPE materials—N95 respirators, surgical masks, gowns,
and gloves—to be used by health professionals in Philadelphia, Gainesville, Lawrenceville.
Albany, and Moultrie.
I’ve never been more proud of a College community. I thank each of you from the bottom
of my heart. I wish you and your families continued health and safety.
Jay S. Feldstein, DO ’81
President and Chief Executive Officer