Mission and Goals
Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine (PCOM) is dedicated to the education
of students in medicine, health and behavioral sciences. The College fosters the growth
of the osteopathic profession by training physicians through programs of study guided
by osteopathic medical tradition, concept and practice.
PCOM is committed to the advancement of knowledge and intellectual growth through
teaching and research, and to the well-being of the community through leadership and
The College’s educational goals focus on presenting high-quality, comprehensive programs
of study that embrace the following expectations of student learning:
- Students will demonstrate a central core of biomedical or behavioral science knowledge
in their field of study, including theory, foundations, clinical skills and applied
clinical/practical application as appropriate to the specific academic program.
- Students will demonstrate communication skills through clinical assessments, group
discussion and/or written or oral presentation in their respective fields.
- Students will demonstrate an understanding of scientific inquiry by designing, conducting,
presenting or interpreting research in their field of study and appropriate to their
- Students will identify, retrieve, understand, analyze, synthesize and apply information
collected from various sources and in varied formats, including those sources requiring
skills in the use of information technology.
- Students will develop a recognition of their legal and ethical obligations as professionals
and will be able to apply an understanding of public policy and the social, cultural
and economic factors that impact their field of study.