Physical therapists also represented their profession at PT Day at the Capitol.
First year PCOM Georgia student pharmacists now know the name of the statue adorning the Georgia State Capitol dome since 1889—Miss
Freedom—and that nine Supreme Court justices serve on the Supreme Court of Georgia,
the state’s highest judicial authority, thanks in part to the Georgia Pharmacy Association
Day at the Dome held February 5. Donned in white coats, the students, along with UGA’s
first year pharmacy students, visited the Capitol primarily to learn about the importance
of advocating on behalf of the pharmacy profession.
Celia Black (PharmD ’22) described one of the highlights of her experience at the
state capitol. “The Day at the Dome was an event where student pharmacists came together
to share information with state legislators about how to better serve the people of
Georgia. One way, according to the Georgia Pharmacy Association, is to allow for more
accessible access to medications by not allowing pharmacy benefit managers to steer
people to certain pharmacies," she said.
State Representative Ron Stephens and US Congressman Buddy Carter, both pharmacists
by profession, spoke to the students about advocacy. In addition, the students heard
from Georgia Pharmacy Association’s Vice President of Public Policy Greg Reybold who
discussed the pharmacy benefit manager anti-steering bill that is being introduced
into the Georgia House of Representatives this session.
Soon after, the students met with their assigned state representative or state senator,
in addition to exploring the historic building’s third floor Georgia Capitol Museum
through a team-based scavenger hunt. Drs. Sara (Mandy) Reece and Jayden Lee accompanied the students on the fact-finding journey.
On February 12, Daniel Hwang (DPT ’21) and Alyssa Crosswell (DPT ’21), PCOM Georgia
doctor of physical therapy students, were actively involved in PT Day at the Capitol. According to Associate
Professor of Physical Therapy Philip Fabrizio, PT, DPT, CIDN, the students joined 500 practicing physical therapists, physical therapist assistants
and other students to represent the profession to legislators. The PT experience was
sponsored by the Physical Therapy Association of Georgia.
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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