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 service.

Educational Goals

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 academic program.
  • 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.