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First Generation Student Spotlight 
Resources for First Gen Medical and College Students

First generation students are those that were the first in their families to attend college, graduate school or medical school. The Office of Diversity and Community Relations celebrates the unique accomplishments of first-gen students and the perspectives they bring to PCOM.

Explore our curated list of financial resources, application guides and more for first generation medical and graduate students or learn about a PCOM community member who was a first gen student in their family.


Resources for First Gen Students

PCOM admissions resources
Other resources
PCOM resources
AACOMAS application fee waiver
  • AACOMAS Applicant Fee Waiver Program - AACOM encourages financially disadvantaged applicants to become Doctors of Osteopathic Medicine. A limited number of fee waivers are available to those who apply early and qualify.
Office of Financial Aid resources
  • PCOM Financial Aid Lecture Series - Each year PCOM invites industry professionals to present to graduating students on important financial topics such as home loans, home buying, financial planning, investing, student loan repayment and more.
AAMC resources
  • Loan Repayment Strategies for Osteopathic Physicians Webinar - This dynamic webinar addresses how residents, fellows and attending physicians are repaying their student loans; how to determine the best repayment strategy based on your student loan portfolio, training and career plans; and how to adjust your repayment strategy as your circumstances change. Paul S. Garrard is one of the nation's leading experts on student loans and educational debt management for medical students, residents, fellows and attending physicians. View the webinar recording and presentation materials PDF.
  • AAMC Financial Wellness is an interactive service that allows students to create a personal account to measure their financial health, receive personal feedback, set financial goals, review progress and ask questions of an AAMC expert at any time.
  • AAMC Managing Your Finances During Medical School - Get tips on reducing debt and forming money management habits. View resources on the costs of applying to residencies, creating a budget and more.
  • AAMC Transitioning to Medical School - Explore financial advice for students who have recently been accepted into medical school including accepting financial aid, deferring undergraduate loans, budgeting and organizing healthcare records.


In May 2022, the Office of Diversity and Community Partnerships hosted the Georgia First Generation Foundation Gala at PCOM Georgia. This gala recognized graduating Gwinnett County seniors who are members of the FirstGen Club at their high school. The dinner and award ceremony recognized Georgia FirstGen's Advisor of the Year, three Georgia FirstGen Pioneer Scholarship recipients and the first group of inductees into the Brad Batchelor State Farm Agencies Hall of Fame.

Other News

Faculty and Staff Spotlight

Cindy Montgomery, MPH, First-Generation Spotlight

December 20, 2023

Cindy is currently working towards a PhD and credits her support system and time management skills for allowing her to work full-time during the process.

Lisa Corbin, PhD, LPC, NCC, First-Generation Spotlight

December 18, 2023

In addition to teaching at PCOM, Dr. Corbin serves as a counselor in her private practice where she specializes in treating sexual abuse and domestic violence.

Ruth M. Maher, PT, PhD, DPT, First-Generation Spotlight

December 15, 2023

Dr. Maher enrolled as an undergraduate in her thirties and now holds multiple doctoral degrees and a patent for an FDA-approved medical device.