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Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine

The Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine (PCOM) is a private medical school with its main campus in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, and an additional campus in Suwanee, Georgia. PCOM offers degree programs in osteopathic medicine, pharmacy, physical therapy, psychology, physician assistant studies, and forensic medicine. With 2,855 students (2018–19), PCOM is one of the oldest and largest osteopathic medical schools in the world.

Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine
Former names
Philadelphia College and Infirmary of Osteopathy
Motto"Mens et Manus"
Motto in English
The Mind and the Hand
TypePrivate coeducational
Established1899; 120 years ago (1899)
Endowment$162.3 million[1]
Budget$78.40 million[2]
ChancellorLeonard Finkelstein, DO
PresidentJay S. Feldstein, DO
ProvostKenneth J. Veit, DO
Academic staff
United States
17 acres (Philadelphia)
20 acres (Georgia)
ColorsBurgundy and Gray

Founded in 1899 as the third osteopathic medical school in the world, PCOM was the first osteopathic medical school in the northeastern United States. In 1993, PCOM began offering a master's degree in biomedical sciences, and in 1995 started a doctorate in clinical psychology (PsyD). In 2005, PCOM opened a second campus in Suwanee, Georgia. PCOM also operates five primary care health centers in cooperation with several teaching hospitals. PCOM sponsors residency training programs, which train newly graduated physicians. The Center for Chronic Disorders of Aging, which aims to improve quality of life for elderly individuals, is located on the Philadelphia campus.

All of the programs at PCOM have professional accreditation. PCOM is accredited by the Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools. The Doctor of Osteopathic Medicine (DO) program is accredited by the American Osteopathic Association.


PCOM was established on January 24, 1899 as the Philadelphia College and Infirmary of Osteopathy (PCIO). It was the third osteopathic medical school to open in the United States.[4] In September 1899, the first PCIO degree was awarded, and in February 1900, the first PCIO "class," comprising one woman and one MD, graduated. In May 1921, PCIO was renamed to Philadelphia College of Osteopathy (PCO).[5] In 1967, the school adopted its present-day name, becoming the Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine (PCOM).[5]

In 1973, PCOM opened a new building, Evans Hall, and relocated to its current campus along City Avenue in Philadelphia. In 1979, PCOM acquired the adjacent office building, which was later named Rowland Hall in honor of PCOM's 4th President. From 1995-1999, Evans Hall expanded to include a modern osteopathic manipulative medicine (OMM) lab, more classrooms, a new cafeteria, and the office of admissions.

During the 1990s a series of new graduate level programs were added, expanding the scope of the medical school to a wide range of health-care related programs. In 1993, PCOM started the graduate program in biomedical science, offering graduate certificates and Master of Science degrees. In 1995, a Doctor of Psychology program was established. In 2005, the school opened a branch campus in Georgia, which graduated its first DO class in 2009.

For more than a century, PCOM has trained physicians, health practitioners, and behavioral scientists. In the United States, there are two types of physicians: DO physicians and MD physicians. Both are fully qualified physicians, licensed to prescribe medication and perform surgery.


PCOM Archives: 1908 Dissection Lab

As a free-standing medical school, PCOM offers only graduate-level training. PCOM offers doctoral degrees in osteopathic medicine (D.O.), pharmacy (PharmD), physical therapy (DPT), and psychology (PsyD). In addition, masters degrees are offered in business administration, public health, forensic medicine biomedical sciences, and physician assistant studies.


PCOM operates three campuses; one campus is located in Philadelphia, another is near Atlanta, Georgia and the third is in Moultrie, Georgia. The Philadelphia campus is 17 acres, and the Georgia campus in Suwanee is 23 acres.

In 2005, GA-PCOM enrolled its first class of osteopathic medical students. The Georgia Campus currently offers the Doctor of Osteopathic Medicine degree (DO), the Doctor of Pharmacy degree, the Doctor of Physical Therapy degree and graduate programs in biomedical sciences and physician assistant studies.

The PCOM Library is the college's library. In addition to its other activities, the library is also responsible for the creation of the College's institutional repository, the Digital Commons at PCOM.[6]


Student lifeEdit

Students at both the Philadelphia and Georgia campuses have access to fitness centers, and participate in several recreational and professional clubs on campus. PCOM hosts the sole remaining chapter Phi Sigma Gamma, an osteopathic fraternity, which was founded in 1917.[11] The college hosts an active chapter of Sigma Sigma Phi, a national Osteopathic Medicine Honors Fraternity that emphasizes community service and scholastic achievement.

Healthcare centersEdit

In addition to its affiliation with several teaching hospitals, PCOM runs five primary care healthcare centers including: Sullivan County Medical Center,[12] Roxborough Healthcare Center,[13] Cambria Street Healthcare Center,[14] Lancaster Avenue Healthcare Center,[15] and Family Practice at PCOM.[16] The clinics serve the dual purpose of providing community-based health care as well as providing educational experiences for medical students. Services include family medicine, gynecology, dermatology, geriatrics, psychology, and OMM.

Residency programsEdit

PCOM programs include a multi-hospital integrated approach. The total position numbers can vary with program directors' plans and implementation time frame.

Fellowship ProgramsEdit

Center for Chronic Disorders of AgingEdit

The mission of the Center for Chronic Disorders of Aging (CCDA) at Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine is to improve the quality of life for all individuals suffering from age-related chronic diseases and disorders.[17] The CCDA promotes a better understanding of the nature of chronic disease processes by supporting basic and applied investigations, and providing educational opportunities for the community, scientists and health care professionals. The CCDA furthers its mission through an interdisciplinary approach combining scientific research, education, and clinical application into chronic diseases and disorders associated with the aging process.

Notable alumniEdit

Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine has trained 12,941 physicians, with 2,467 non-physician alumni.[18]

See alsoEdit


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