PCOM Georgia in Suwanee held a graduation ceremony for 236 doctoral students on Thursday, May 26, at the Ameris Amphitheatre in Alpharetta.
“At PCOM Georgia, you have acquired vital knowledge, critical thinking, and clinical skills. You have learned, too, how to pivot and adapt, and how to meet challenges with courage and determination. And resilience,” said PCOM President and CEO Jay Feldstein in addressing the graduates. “I have never been more proud of a class of students. Go. Step out into the chaos and make use of your gifts for the betterment of the world!”
The 236 graduates included 123 doctor of osteopathic medicine students, 73 doctor of pharmacy students and 40 doctor of physical therapy students.
PCOM alumni Dr. Anthony J. Silvagni was the keynote speaker for the commencement ceremony. An educator for more than 50 years, he is the former dean of osteopathic medicine at the Nova Southeastern University — Dr. Kiran C. Patel College of Osteopathic Medicine, serving from 1998 to 2015.
“No profession, or more importantly individual professionals, can practice well completely independent in today’s complicated and rapidly changing healthcare environment,” he said. “Today absolutely requires teamwork among all health professionals. Respect each other’s strengths and work together to give the best patient care possible.”
During the commencement ceremony, Dr. Walter C. Ehrenfeuchter was recognized as a professor emeritus. He served students and patients as a faculty member at PCOM for 40 years. Before being employed at the college, he was affiliated with PCOM as a student, intern and resident. He most recently served as a professor and chair of the PCOM Georgia Department of Osteopathic Manipulative Medicine for 16 years before retiring in June 2021.
FEATURED PHOTO: Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine Georgia doctoral students celebrate graduation on May 24, 2022, at the Ameris Amphitheatre in Alpharetta. Photo courtesy of PCOM Georgia.