A physical therapy education center and additional research space are being constructed
in a 20,000 square foot addition to the main campus, while a newly expanded and equipped
Simulation Center was dedicated today.
Chief Campus Officer Bryan Ginn said, “PCOM continues to invest and grow its health science programs in Gwinnett
in response to a demonstrated educational need in our region and our state.” He added,
“These capital investments of more than $8 million will pay dividends toward our students'
educational outcomes in both existing and new academic programs, and enhance GA-PCOM's
role in educating future healthcare providers.”
Jay Feldstein, DO, President of the college, said, “As you visit the Simulation Center today, you will note the
extensive use of high-fidelity mannequins and technology that are available for student
education and training. We simulate the miracle of birth and we expose students to
cardiac emergencies and other conditions that cause patients to present to an Emergency
Department in a hospital setting. Our students conduct simulated surgeries in the
Operating Room, both by traditional means of scalpel and by robotics. And, yes, students
take great delight when their mannequins make it through the intense illness or procedure.
The February 22 groundbreaking and ribbon cutting at GA-PCOM included remarks by College
and community leaders.
Dr. Feldstein spoke about the developing physical therapy program. “We are committed
to making a physical therapy education program in Georgia successful,” he said, adding
that the 20,000 square feet currently under construction will house the “skills and
teaching labs, specialized therapy labs and faculty and student support spaces necessary
to deliver a robust curriculum.”
Dan Kaufman, President and CEO of the Gwinnett Chamber of Commerce recalled that he
had been present for the ribbon cutting ceremony 11 years ago when GA-PCOM first opened.
“The promise of that day has not only been realized, I would argue it has been vastly
exceeded,” he said. He noted that the college has contributed three critical contributions
to sustain Gwinnett as a world class community.
According to Kaufman, the medical college provides educational opportunities for Gwinnett
students so that they can attend kindergarten through medical school and never leave
the county. In addition, he said the college attracts world class talent in the students
that matriculate at GA-PCOM and that the college “enhances the quality of life for
us all.” Feldstein said, “Together we are building a stronger, healthier community.”
Established in 2005, PCOM Georgia is a private, not-for-profit, accredited institute of higher education dedicated
to the healthcare professions. The Suwanee, Georgia, campus is affiliated with Philadelphia
College of Osteopathic Medicine, a premier osteopathic medical school with a storied
history. PCOM Georgia offers doctoral degrees in osteopathic medicine, pharmacy, and
physical therapy and graduate degrees in biomedical sciences and physician assistant
studies. Emphasizing "a whole person approach to care," PCOM Georgia focuses on educational
excellence, interprofessional education and service to the wider community. The campus
is also home to the Georgia Osteopathic Care Center, an osteopathic manipulative medicine
clinic, which is open to the public by appointment. For more information, visit pcom.edu/georgia or call 678-225-7500.
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