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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

Sistahs in Medicine

The Sistahs in Medicine initiative was founded by Diversity and Inclusion Coordinator Jennifer Mitchell, PhD, to facilitate the success of Black women in medical and graduate school. The program is also committed to positively impact underrepresented people, schools and communities near PCOM South Georgia by minimizing the social determinants of health that impact Black women as well as promote advocacy and global health. The program's goals include:

  • To create a network of Black women in professional school.
  • To facilitate collaborative scholarship among Black women in graduate school.
  • To facilitate the development of relationships to enhance members' professional development, sponsorship and community engagement.
  • To foster success in the areas of clinicians, scholarly inquiry and service to communities.
  • To advance research on Black maternal health.

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 to 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.

President's Leadership in Diversity Award

About the award

The President’s Leadership in Diversity Awards recognize the achievements of graduating students who have made significant contributions to advance diversity and inclusion at PCOM, PCOM Georgia and PCOM South Georgia.

Award criteria

Recipients have implemented initiatives which cultivate, advance or model diversity and inclusion within the College community. Nominees are evaluated by a committee of faculty and staff using the following criteria:

  1. Commitment to diversity, equity and inclusion, including but not limited to: establishment of an annual event or program; community outreach or engagement; providing a distinctive service to the PCOM community; research to advance diversity and inclusion in medicine.
  2. Sustainability of an above mentioned initiative.
  3. Ability to engage others in diversity, equity and inclusion initiatives.
  4. Be in good academic standing.
Award winners

Employee Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Award

PCOM's Employee Diversity, Equity and Inclusion (DEI) Award is presented annually to one faculty member and one staff member who have exceedingly worked to advance diversity, equity and inclusion at the College. Honorees are nominated by their colleagues.

Any employee or student can nominate a member of the faculty or staff for an award; individuals can also self-nominate. Nominations are due October 2, 2022.

Nomination Form Self-Nomination Form

Additional programs

Additional programs and events hosted by the PCOM South Georgia Office of Diversity include Lupus Awareness Month, Sistahs in Medicine: Sistah Circles, Diwali Festival, Diversity Dinner, National Hispanic Heritage Month, Suicide Awareness Week, microaggressions training workshop, pancreatic cancer awareness, breast cancer awareness, World AIDS Day, International Pronoun Day, Cultural Competency - Faith Circle, National Trans Awareness Week, Mommy & Me Brunch, Black Maternal Health Panel, Testimonies of Hope Panel, Eid Celebration, Diversity Book Club and more.

Pathway Programs

Opportunities Academy

The PCOM South Georgia Opportunities 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 program 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 and Community Relations for more information.

Event Photos

The Diversity Office at PCOM South Georgia hosted an Eid celebration event for students and staff.
Eid celebration
Female student physicians as part of AMWA smile outside of PCOM South Georgia.
American Medical Women's Association at PCOM South Georgia
The Mommy Brunch for Moultrie area mothers was held at PCOM South Georgia.
Mommy Brunch was hosted at PCOM South Georgia
PCOM South Georgia's diversity office hosted a Diwali festival on the campus.
Diwali festival
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
Bainbridge High School students smile outside in front of their school's sign.
Health Career Collaborative for high schoolers
PCOM South Georgia students supported community wellness at the Sunbelt Ag Expo in Moultrie, GA.
Volunteering to assist with community wellness
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