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Nation’s COMs Champion Diversity

Two osteopathic medical schools, Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine (PCOM) and Touro University College of Osteopathic Medicine–New York (TouroCOM-NY), have been recognized for their diversity efforts with the 2016 Health Professions Higher Education Excellence in Diversity (HEED) Award by INSIGHT Into Diversity magazine.

To be considered for the Health Professions HEED Award, Lenore Pearlstein, Publisher of INSIGHT Into Diversity says, “We look for institutions where diversity and inclusion are woven into the work being accomplished every day across a campus.”

While both COMs were selected for their dedication to diversity and inclusion on their campuses, each was chosen for unique reasons.

PCOM Initiatives for Inclusion

10-2016_HEED-award-diversityPCOM was selected for the 2016 HEED Award in large part for the efforts of its Office of Diversity and Compliance. Since its founding in 2013, the office has driven change across campus through initiatives like the implementation of the President’s Diversity Council, PCOM Opportunities Academy (PCOM Opps), and its annual Transgender Medicine Symposium, among other efforts. 

“This recognition is a testament to PCOM’s commitment to diversity and inclusion,” said Jay S. Feldstein, DO, PCOM President and CEO. “Our goal has always been, and will continue to be, integrating diversity into the very fabric of our soul as an institution—from our administrators, to our faculty and staff, to our students, who will need to reflect and understand the needs of the patients and families they will one day serve.” Read more.

TouroCOM-NY Recognizes the Underrepresented

10-2016_mainTouroCOMTouroCOM-NY is a recipient of this year’s award for its mission, which involves recruiting underrepresented minority (URM) students at its core.

“The Touro College of Osteopathic Medicine is committed to increasing the number of underrepresented minorities in medicine and training physicians to practice medicine in underserved communities,” said Kenneth J. Steier, DO, TouroCOM Executive Dean. “This is our mission. We are very grateful to receive this award in recognition of our efforts to increase diversity and inclusion.”

TouroCOM Dean of Student Affairs Nadege Dady, EdD, noted that over half of the school’s graduates have gone on to become primary care/family practice physicians. Read more.

Learn more about diversity at the nation’s COMs by visiting AACOM’s Diversity in OME web section.