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Message From the Deans 
COVID-19 Update Fall 2020

The well-being of our students is paramount to PCOM. During the COVID-19 pandemic, please know that extensive efforts have been made to address safety concerns and issues. Detailed "Guidelines for Health and Safety While on Campus" [PDF] have been distributed to all students, faculty and staff.

The PCOM Doctor of Osteopathic Medicine (DO) program faculty is dedicated to you, your learning, and your success. Having already concluded the prior academic year with all of the unprecedented challenges of the COVID-19 pandemic, the faculty has the experience, knowledge, and skills to continue to meet whatever challenges that might arise, while maintaining the continuity of PCOM education during this academic year.

Even in the face of the COVID-19 pandemic, the PCOM DO program curriculum is evolving and will continue to evolve. Likewise, the teaching and learning environment will evolve, as a variety of methods for the delivery of educational content will be used to optimize the teaching and learning environment that exists at any given time including online course delivery and in-person instruction as appropriate.

Medical education is a dynamic process, and must respond to the ever increasing demands of patient care. As the materials that a medical student must master increase, new and innovative teaching strategies must be utilized. PCOM has embraced these challenges and developed significant curricular innovations designed to produce the finest clinicians.

Long before the COVID-19 pandemic, PCOM recognized that the traditional method of delivering didactic content, in a lecture hall setting, was not optimal or needed in this technology driven society. While certain material will always be best presented in a lecture format, active learning, small group discussions and simulation have proven to be more effective for certain types of training. PCOM students will see a significant increase in these formats which will promote greater understanding and less memorization of important medical tenets.

We encourage you to visit the COVID-19 student FAQs for additional information.

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