Pittsburgh Physician Committed to Bringing Great Docs to Region

Oct 13, 2010, 17:11 ET from Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine

PHILADELPHIA, Oct. 13 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Bernard Bernacki, DO, and his wife, Mary, hosted a reception on Thursday, Oct. 7, at the Pittsburgh Athletic Association for Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine alumni, leadership, prospective and current students and local university and hospital administration. The evening celebrated the College's history of educating western Pennsylvania students and its continued commitment to the region.

"PCOM is a Pennsylvania school," explains Carol Fox, Associate Vice President for Enrollment Management. "Well over 50 percent of our medical students are from the state. Over the years, we've had students from western Pennsylvania express a desire to return to the region for their clerkships. To accommodate these students, we've created a core rotation in western Pennsylvania that will provide our students with the opportunity to spend their first two years in Philadelphia and return to Pittsburgh for their final two years." PCOM Dean Kenneth J. Veit, DO, MBA, noted that the core rotation presages a strengthened educational commitment to the region.

A PCOM alumnus and Trustee, Dr. Bernacki is committed to assisting the College in its mission to train students from western Pennsylvania and create opportunities for them to return to the region for clerkships and to practice. "We want to bring great graduates from PCOM to join us in western Pennsylvania," declares Dr. Bernacki. Dr. Bernacki owns Bernacki and Associates Wellness Center in the Greenfield area of Pittsburgh. Mary Bernacki is a surgical nurse and an artist. Dr. and Mrs. Bernacki were both born and bred in Pittsburgh.

Joining the Bernackis on the welcoming committee were local physicians Alphonso J. Barbati, DO; Jennifer L. Colpo, DO; Kelly DeVoogd, DO; Sanford A. Gordon, DO; Daniel J. Kupas, DO; William Lamb Jr., DO; Bonnie L. Lehman, DO; Denise M. Medwick, DO; Gerald Medwick, DO and Darrell W. Petz, DO. Also in attendance were John Cinicola, MD, CMO and Vice President of Heritage Valley Health System; David Thimons, DO, Director, Family Medicine Residency Program, Heritage Valley Health System; Dr. Amy Burkert, Vice President for Education, Carnegie Mellon University; Dr. Andrea Abt, Pre-med Advisor at University of Pittsburgh; Kenneth J. Veit, DO, MBA, PCOM Provost, Dean and Vice President for Academic Affairs; Carol Fox, Associate Vice President for Enrollment Management; and Florence Zeller, Vice President for Alumni Relations and Development.

CONTACT: Carol Weisl of the Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine, +1-215-871-6304

SOURCE Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine