PCOM South Georgia Diversity Programs

PCOM South Georgia coordinates various community outreach, diversity and inclusion programs and initiatives throughout the year.

Signature Events and Programs

Community Wellness Initiative

PCOM's Community Wellness Initiative (CWI) was founded to create educational and health services programming that support health and wellness in communities surrounding the College's locations.

CWI programs and events provide opportunities for PCOM students and staff to engage in patient care, community health education and research.

Community-Based Research Faculty Fellowship

The Community-Based Research Faculty Fellowship was created by the Office of Diversity and Community Relations in partnership with the Division of Research and the PCOM Library.

Funding is awarded annually faculty members who engage community-based organizations and PCOM students in collaborative research studies. Preference is given to proposals that focus on inter-professional initiatives and allow multiple students to volunteer with research duties.

Examples of studies and engagement projects include examining vaccine COVID hesitancy in local communities and exploring health services barriers in rural communities.

Lectures and Guest Speakers

The Office of Diversity routinely hosts lecturers and guest speakers to share about current topics in the intersection of health in relation to diversity and inclusion.

LGBTQ History Month

Dr. A.J. Ramirez, a professional counselor as well as an academic and advocate for change regarding sexual assaults on college campuses, presented "LGBT 101" to the PCOM South Georgia community.

LGBTQIA Safe Space Program

The PCOM Safe Space program creates spaces where all people may feel welcome and safe. Participants are taught to be aware of the diversity of gender identity and sexual orientation and how to be part of a community of allies for LGBTQIA people. Enrollment is free and open to any faculty, staff, administrators and students at PCOM, PCOM Georgia and PCOM South Georgia. Learn more.

Diversity Welcome Reception

The Student National Medical Association, Office of Student Affairs, Diversity Community Relations/Partnerships and local clinicians bring together first-year students who are underrepresented in the fields of science and medicine to celebrate, network and learn strategies for success at PCOM.

Pathway Programs

Science and Math Summer Academy

The PCOM South Georgia Science and Math Summer Academy is a summer enrichment program for local high school students interested in healthcare careers. The program is designed to guide underrepresented youth to careers in medicine and science.

Medical students, faculty and staff at PCOM South Georgia lead participants through full days of hands-on learning. Academy students engage in interactive labs and dissections as well as listen to guest lectures. Youth explore various medical subjects from cardiology to infectious diseases to neuroscience. Students gain exposure to different careers in health care as well as learn how to apply to college and professional programs.

Get involved

The summer academy is held in July of each year. For more information, contact Dr. Stacie Fairley, assistant professor of microbiology and immunology, at staciefa@pcom.edu.

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Health Career Collaborative

Area physicians worked alongside PCOM Georgia and PCOM South Georgia faculty, staff and students to expose local youth to careers in health care. Bainbridge High School students participated in various biology, anatomy and health exercises as part of the national Health Career Collaborative (HCC) initiative.

HCC's mission is to provide mentorship, engaging health curriculum and providing exposure to students from low-income, underrepresented minority communities.

Community Partnerships

PCOM South Georgia is proud to partner with local organizations in the Colquitt County area. These non-profit organizations also provide volunteer opportunities for PCOM South Georgia students and staff. Contact the Office of Diversity for more information.

Event Photos

As part of PCOM's community wellness initiative, medical students volunteered to deliver free health screenings and care to migrant farmworkers in South Georgia.
Medical students volunteer with migrant farmworker clinic
Elementary school students draw human skeletons and bones around tables in a PCOM South Georgia lecture hall.
Local 5th graders visit PCOM South Georgia
Dr. A.J. Ramirez, professional counselor and academic, presents "LGBT 101" to the PCOM South Georgia community.
Guest speaker Dr. Ramirez presents "LGBT 101"
Bainbridge High School students smile and flex their biceps with Dr. Michael Sampson.
Health Career Collaborative
Bainbridge High School students smile outside in front of their school's sign.
Health Career Collaborative
Two Bainbridge High School students work on dissecting a sheep's brain in a classroom laboratory
Health Career Collaborative
Opportunities Academy students, faculty and staff smile during a large group photo at PCOM South Georgia.
Science and Math Summer Academy
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