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PCOM Perspectives: Medical Students & Mental Health
This episode features a discussion with PCOM South Georgia’s Assistant Professor of Pediatrics, Ann Contrucci, MD, FAAP. Dr. Contrucci is a board-certified pediatrician and has been practicing medicine for more than 25 years. In private practice, Dr. Contrucci focused much of her time on patients with mental health issues.
With a new academic year beginning this month, it’s important to address our students’ mental health. The topic is timely as a new academic year brings on new rhythms, especially for first-year students. These can include a demanding and stress-inducing class schedule and many other factors like moving away from families, friends and hometowns, learning new study habits, minimizing social activities and facing financial difficulties.
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PCOM Perspectives: Dr. Brian Nester, President and CEO of Lehigh Valley Health Network
This episode features a candid discussion with Dr. Brian Nester, President and CEO of Lehigh Valley Health Network (LVHN), a 1988 graduate of PCOM’s DO program, and a 1994 graduate of our Master of Science program. As head of one of the region’s major health networks, Dr. Nester has spent the last year navigating LVHN through the COVID-19 global health crisis. As we begin life on the other side of the pandemic, Dr. Nester offers insights on the future of health care delivery and developing innovative solutions to getting patients the care they need.
Dr. Nester’s leadership role provides a bird's-eye perspective on the healthcare system as a whole, but his background in emergency medicine has kept him grounded to the needs of patients. His forward-thinking approach to care and his passion for the work are evident throughout this episode. I hope you enjoy our conversation.
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PCOM Perspectives: Introducing Dr. Andrea Mann
This episode features a discussion with Andrea Mann, DO, FAAP, PCOM Georgia’s new dean and chief academic officer of the osteopathic medicine program.
We discussed Dr. Mann’s plans for success in her role, her leadership philology, as well as some of the challenges she will face as we transition back to campus following an unprecedented year.
We also talked about priorities for both the College and PCOM Georgia during the next five years and the task of creating a clinical footprint in Georgia, which would greatly enhance interprofessional education for all programs.
As part of our discussion, I shared my opinion on the greatest challenges facing medical education as the healthcare industry consolidates and treatment moves toward an outpatient model.
PCOM Perspectives: Greg McDonald, DO '89, Forensic Expert
In the past year, the COVID-19 pandemic has had a tremendous impact on our communities and our country, claiming the lives of over half a million Americans. With this influx of deaths, medical coroners find themselves on the frontlines combating the disease. Accurately classifying deaths is an essential part of understanding the disease, as well as allocating resources to areas that are most affected.
This episode features a discussion with PCOM's Dean of the School of Health Sciences and Chair of the Forensic Medicine program, Greg McDonald, DO ‘89. In this episode, Dr. McDonald discusses the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic from the point of view of a forensics expert. In addition to his role at PCOM, Dr. McDonald serves as the chief deputy coroner for Montgomery County.
PCOM Perspectives: Alumni Spotlight with Dr. Michael Tecce, DO ‘15
This episode features a discussion with Michael Tecce, DO ‘15, resident physician in plastic surgery and assistant instructor in surgery at Penn Medicine and a PCOM alumnus.
After spending five years in public accounting, Dr. Tecce transitioned his career in pursuit of full-time academics in medicine. As a student at PCOM, Dr. Tecce completed a one-year graduate fellowship in bioethics and served on multiple medical mission trips to Guatemala. He also founded the Philadelphia Surgical Conference, a clinical skills conference held annually for medical students enrolled in all Philadelphia-area medical schools. As a resident, he recently developed a tech-based platform for at-home services and is the first person from Penn Plastic Surgery to be published in the New England Journal of Medicine.
Dr. Tecce’s inspiring personal story no doubt has parallels to experiences and challenges we all share, particularly in the present moment. As a PCOM alum, Dr. Tecce brings a valuable perspective to our work here at the College, and I hope you enjoy our conversation.
PCOM Perspectives: Diversifying Our Applicant Pool
This episode features a discussion with PCOM's Chief Admissions Officer, Adrianne Jones, MLS, on the increasing number of medical school applications from traditionally underrepresented communities.
As our population continues to grow more diverse, the need is critical for health professionals to be representative of the people and communities they serve. PCOM has an important role to play in creating a more equitable system of healthcare across the country, and I hope you enjoy this frank conversation on how we might achieve that equity and attract a more diverse student population.
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