Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine
Philadelphia, PA 19131
(www.pcom.edu)

Overview
PCOM Mission:
Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine is dedicated to providing programs of study to educate skilled professionals in health and science fields and competent and caring osteopathic physicians. The programs of study are built on the foundations of primary care and an orientation to the needs of the community and are guided by osteopathic tradition, concept and practice. The College is committed to the advancement of knowledge and encouragement of intellectual growth through research and leadership and to the advancement of the community through health promotion, education and service.

Established in 1899, PCOM is one of the nation’s largest osteopathic medical colleges and a national leader in primary care education. In addition to the Doctor of Osteopathic Medicine degree, PCOM also offers advanced degree programs in psychology, organizational development and leadership (ODL), physician assistant studies and biomedical sciences as well as forensic medicine.

We teach the osteopathic approach to medicine, treating a patient’s body, lifestyle and behavior as a whole. Uniquely suited to meet the demands of today’s health care systems, this patient-centered approach emphasizes preventive care, primary care and the critical osteopathic skills of manipulative medicine.

A commitment to community service also plays an integral role in education at PCOM. Our students learn the importance of health promotion, education and service to the community through outreach programs and five healthcare centers providing care to the medically underserved population in inner city and rural locations.

The Community
Student Life at PCOM is a reflection of over 1,000 men and women who attend this urban college. They are as diverse as the world around them.

Health and fitness are an important part of student life at PCOM, both personally and professionally. PCOM is the only medical school in Philadelphia with its own playing field on campus. Our athletic field is home to soccer, men and women’s rugby, volleyball and running track.

The new Activities Center is a 55,000-square-foot facility available to PCOM students, employees, alumni, and their families. The Center includes student lounges and recreation areas, exercise equipment, a basketball court for both men and women’s teams, racquetball and handball courts, and a rooftop deck suitable for hockey, basketball, and shuffleboard. The center is also the practice facility for the Philadelphia 76ers.

In addition to its outstanding curriculum, PCOM offers over 40 organizations and activities of great diversity for your participation, enjoyment and benefit. Athletic teams, medical professional organizations, charity and community service groups, and political interest clubs are just some of what PCOM has to offer its student body.

Programs of study and degree requirements
Osteopathic medicine offers a comprehensive approach to health care. The Doctor of Osteopathic Medicine (DO) program is rooted in the osteopathic philosophy that there is an innate connection between mind, body and spirit. Students learn to examine and treat the whole person, not just the symptoms.

With PCOM’s integrated curriculum approach, students benefit from hands on learning from the start. During the first and second years, classroom study of anatomy and physiology, for example, is paired with hands-on learning of physical examination principles and osteopathic manipulative medicine (OMM). At the same time, students build strong interpersonal skills.

The third and fourth years provide students with a series of clerkships in a variety of settings, including PCOM’s Healthcare Centers in medically underserved communities.

Training in osteopathic manipulative medicine (OMM) is incorporated into the education of all osteopathic physicians. This provides a better understanding of how an injury or illness in one part of the body can affect another. With OMM, DOs use their hands to diagnose injury and illness and to encourage the body’s natural tendency toward good health through manipulation of the musculoskeletal system.

PCOM graduates are competitive in the country’s best residency programs, both osteopathic and allopathic.

Degrees Offered:
Doctor of Osteopathic Medicine (DO)
Doctor of Osteopathic Medicine/Master of Business Administration (DO/MBA)
Doctor of Osteopathic Medicine/Master of Public Health (DO/MPH)
Doctor of Osteopathic Medicine/PhD in Health Policy (DO/PhD)

Psychology
Doctor of Psychology in Clinical Psychology (PsyD):
The Doctor of Psychology program in Clinical Psychology (PsyD) trains practitioner-scholar psychologists to offer assessment, therapeutic interventions and follow-up which are firmly rooted in methods of scientific inquiry. The program’s theoretical orientation is cognitive-behavioral and focuses on collaborative treatment interventions. The program trains psychologists to work in primary care settings, collaborating with the primary care physician to treat the whole person. Designed for mental healthcare professionals, program classes are held weekday evenings and on some weekends.

Doctor of Psychology in School Psychology (PsyD):
The Doctor of Psychology in School Psychology is an innovative, applied professional psychology program that is designed especially for working School Psychologists. It builds upon the advanced training of the certified school psychologist and the experiences of the student. This population brings a high level of maturity, established skills, diverse backgrounds and strong motivation to succeed. Graduates of this program will be prepared to assume all responsibilities and demonstrate leadership in educational and mental health services to children, youth, and families.

Master of Science in Counseling and Clinical Health Psychology (MS):
The Master of Science in Clinical Health Psychology program is designed for the working professional with classes held in the evening and on weekends. Grounded in the cognitive-behavioral tradition, the program emphasizes the application of psychological theory and techniques to the treatment of medical problems. The department chairperson, Dr. Arthur Freeman, was a pioneer in the field of cognitive-behavioral theory and is an internationally renowned expert on the subject. The Master’s curriculum, in conjunction with four courses from PCOM’s Advanced Graduate Studies in Psychology program, fulfills the Master in Counseling Licensure requirements in Pennsylvania. Also offered is a specialty trackin Addictions and Offender Counseling.

Master of Science in Organizational Development and Leadership (MS):
Designed with the working professional in mind, the Master of Science in Organizational Development and Leadership prepares graduates to use the theory, skills and techniques of organization building and leadership to become leaders in their field. Unlike M.B.A programs, the 36-credit ODL program is designed to incorporate psychological theory and research in teaching the basic skills and techniques of organizational leadership. A key training focus of the program is the development of program evaluation methods and the creation and use of performance-based outcome measures.

Certificate of Advanced Graduate Study (CAGS):
The Certificate of Advanced Graduate Study (CAGS) program provides graduate-level psychology and counseling courses to individuals who want to specialize in clinical psychology, augment professional training or meet credentialing requirements. The Psychology Department offers two CAGS specialization tracks: Certificate of Advanced Graduate Study in Cognitive Behavior Therapy and Certificate of Advanced Graduate Study in Professional Psychology. Applicants for a Certificate of Advanced Graduate Study must have completed a master’s degree in psychology, counseling or a related discipline. Classes are held on weekday evenings and on some weekends.

Physician Assistant Studies

Master of Science in Health Sciences – Physician Assistant Studies (MS):
The Physician Assistant Program is designed to prepare the student for comprehensive practice in a variety of clinical settings. Students learn through a variety of venues: formal lectures, practical laboratory classes, supervised clinical education and clinical research. This program is highly intensive with most of the training provided by physicians to ensure that PA patient care functions are of the highest quality.

Master of Science in Forensic Medicine (MS):
The advanced graduate program in forensic medicine provides a solid foundation in the theory, concepts, and principles of forensic medicine, the medico-legal and technical aspects of death scene investigations, and clinical pathology skills. The emerging demands, roles and responsibilities of medico-legal investigators are addressed.

Biomedical Sciences
The certificate program is a one-year, full-time curriculum designed for college graduates who are preparing for admission to medical and other health professional degree programs. Most students in the certificate track enter professional study after one year of graduate work. Students with satisfactory first-year academic performance in the certificate program may apply their work to the degree track leading to the Master of Science in Biomedical Sciences.

The degree track may be taken part-time or full-time and is intended for those who wish to extend their knowledge of the biomedical sciences and engage in mentored biomedical research. The degree track’s upper level curriculum involves seminars and conducting original research supervised by a member of the faculty.

Degrees Offered:
Certificate of Graduate Study
Master of Science in Biomedical Sciences (MS)

Facilities & Resources
The PCOM campus is student and learning-focused. In Evans Hall, where most classroom instruction takes place, students learn with cutting edge technology, including award-winning video-equipped amphitheaters, a state of the art computer lab, and a library designed to handle the latest information systems.

PCOM’s Digital Library gives students access, even in remote locations, to numerous databases, over 3,000 full-text electronic journals and links to evaluated Internet sites and catalogs. These include local, regional and national biomedical collections and the ever-expanding web of biomedical sites. Our computer labs offer new opportunities for students to interact with medical students from other colleges through e-mail.

Our Clinical Learning and Assessment Center is home to PCOM’s Standardized Patient (SP) program where students practice clinical and communication skills with actors trained to portray patients with specific conditions. Students are videotaped and evaluated on their diagnostic and communication abilities.

Who to Contact
Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine
Office of Admissions
4170 City Avenue
Philadelphia, PA 19131

Phone: 1-800-999-6998
Fax: (215) 871-6719
http://www.pcom.edu
Email: admissions@pcom.edu

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