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Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine

Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine


Philadelphia, Pennsylvania; Atlanta, Georgia


January 24, 1899




Private coeducational






Matthew Schure, PhD

School Colors

Burgundy and Gray


"Mens et Manus" (The Mind and the Hand)


PCOM Pulse


The Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine (PCOM) is one of the oldest and largest osteopathic medical schools. Founded in 1899, PCOM is home to over 1000 medical students as well as graduate-level students in several other fields of health care. One of the largest medical schools in the United States, PCOM is the largest civilian producer of US military physicians. The college stresses the importance of primary care, and produces many primary care physicians. In 2005, PCOM opened a branch campus in Suwanee, Georgia.




The Philadelphia College and Infirmary of Osteopathy (PCIO) was founded on January 24, 1899 by the Rev. Mason W. Pressly, D.O., and Oscar John Snyder, D.O in the Stephen Girard Building at 21 S. 12th Street. In September 1899 the first PCIO degree was awarded to a transfer student; the first PCIO "class," comprising one woman and one MD, graduated in February 1900. PCIO was officially renamed to Philadelphia College of Osteopathy (PCO) in May 1921. PCO became the Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine (PCOM) in May 1967. PCOM relocated to its current campus along City Avenue in Philadelphia in 1973 with the opening of Evans Hall. In 1979, PCOM acquired the adjacent office building and later named it Rowland Hall in honor of PCOM's 4th President. From 1995-1999, Evans Hall expanded to include a modern OMM Lab, more classrooms, a new cafeteria, and the Office of Admission.

In 1993, PCOM started the graduate program in biomedical science, offering graduate certificates and Master of Science degrees. The Doctor of Psychology was started in 1995. 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 2005 the school expanded to Georgia with a new branch campus, which graduated its first D.O. class in 2009.


As a free-standing medical school, PCOM offers only graduate-level training. Degrees offered by the college include:

  • Doctor of Osteopathic Medicine (DO)
  • DO/MBA
  • DO/MPH
  • DO/PhD in Health Policy
  • DO/PhD in Biomedical Sciences (starting in 2007)
  • Clinical Master of Science
  • MS in Biomedical Sciences
  • PsyD in Clinical Psychology
  • PsyD in School Psychology
  • MS in School Psychology
  • Ed.S. in School Psychology
  • MS in Counseling and Clinical Health Psychology
  • MS in Organizational Development and Leadership
  • Certificate of Advanced Graduate Studies (CAGS)
  • MS in Health Sciences - Physician Assistant
  • MS in Forensic Medicine

PCOM healthcare centers

In addition to its affiliation with several teaching hospitals, PCOM runs five primary care healthcare centers. 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.

  • Sullivan County Medical Center
  • Roxborough Healthcare Center
  • Cambria Street Healthcare Center
  • Lancaster Avenue Heathcare Center
  • PCOM City Avenue Healthcare Center

Residency program

PCOM offers a traditional rotating internship, 15 AOA-accredited postgraduate medical training programs, and fellowship program:

Center for Chronic Disorders of Aging

PCOM's Center for Chronic Disorders of Aging is an interdiciplinary research organization. NIH-supported research includes fields such as Alzheimer’s disease, cardiovascular/reperfusion injury, chronic inflammatory responses, stem cells, and immunosenescence. The center provides research training for medical students as well as graduate students in both the basic sciences and clinical trials. Collaborating institutions include Kuopio University (Finland) , Thomas Jefferson University, Veterans Administration Medical Center, and the Virginia College of Osteopathic Medicine.

Notable alumni

  • Lt. General Ronald R. Blanck, D.O., M.A.C.P.; Surgeon General of the United States Army and Commander of the United States Army Medical Command
  • Ira W. Drew, D.O.; member of the 75th Congress - Representative of the 7th District of Pennsylvania
  • John (Jack) McPhilemy DO Orthopedic Surgeon, team doctor for the Philadelphia 76ers
  • Michael F Ruggiero, D.O., Director of Osteopathic Medical Education, Texas A&M family Medicine Residency, College Station, Tx.


  • Phi Sigma Gamma - Male Osteopathic Fraternity
  • Sigma Sigma Phi - Honorary Osteopathic Service Fraternity
  • Kappa Sigma Phi - Women's Osteopathic Society
  • Student National Medical Association
  • Student Osteopathic Medical Association


External links

Coordinates: 40°00′18″N 75°13′01″W / 40.005°N 75.217°W / 40.005; -75.217



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