Students and staff from Oak Hill Classical School received a lesson in anatomy and explored medical careers with Jeremy Walker, DO '12.
This week, eight students, along with three adults, from Oak Hill Classical School in Dacula, Georgia, received a lesson in anatomy from one of our alumni, Jeremy Walker, DO ’12.
Dr. Walker, now a hospitalist at Northeast Georgia Health System in Braselton and a resident of Dacula, made arrangements with the anatomy lab at Georgia Campus – Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine (GA-PCOM) to accompany the students and conduct a lesson. According to Kristi Cain, an Oak Hill faculty member who teaches anatomical and biological sciences, the students are juniors who are taking advanced biology with a focus this semester on anatomy and physiology.
Dr. Walker said, “We had a nice visit to campus today and it’s crazy to see how much the campus has changed since I graduated from the DO program in 2012.” He said, “The students enjoyed learning about anatomical structures using state of the art 3D programs in addition to various models. They especially enjoyed seeing how the respiratory system works.”
Anatomical Coordinator Ron Wilde said, “It’s always great to see young people getting excited about anatomy and being a part of that experience.”
Two years ago, Dr. Walker’s son attended kindergarten at the Dacula school. He met Cain at a parent meeting. “We had a discussion about using our collective talents and gifts as a means to provide unique opportunities for the student body. As a parent and physician, I felt called to volunteer some time to help give anatomy students a practical avenue to experience anatomy and explore potential career paths in the health science field.”
The first visit to GA-PCOM was scheduled in 2016. “Jeff Seiple helped to provide a great experience for the students,” Dr. Walker said. When an anatomy class was offered at Oak Hill this year, Dr. Walker again connected with Seiple, who directs the anatomical donor program at GA-PCOM, to organize a trip. “I enjoy sharing my knowledge and experience with the students,” he said.
Dr. Walker and his wife are the parents of four children nine years of age and under. He completed an internal medicine residency at the Greenville Health System in Greenville, South Carolina. With children no longer at Oak Hill, he said that he and his wife feel strongly about the school and the manner in which they are carrying out their mission of caring for and educating students in a Christian environment.
“It’s always a pleasure to welcome Dr. Walker and the students to our anatomy lab,” Seiple said. “We look forward to having them return to our campus in the near future.”
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 which has a storied history as a premier osteopathic medical school. 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 or call 678-225-7500.
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