GA-PCOM Hires Physical Therapy Program Director | 2016
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GA-PCOM Hires Physical Therapy Program Director

June 30, 2016

palmerPhillip Palmer, PT, PhD

Phillip Palmer, PT, PhD, recently assumed the role of founding director of the physical therapy program at Georgia Campus – Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine (GA-PCOM). With 40 years of experience in physical therapy, he recently served as a professor in the physical therapy department at the University of North Georgia in Dahlonega.

In addition, Dr. Palmer has practiced in hospitals and outpatient centers in Texas, Georgia and the Middle East and has taught at the Medical College of Georgia in Augusta, Georgia, and at Hardin-Simmons University in Abilene, Texas. Subjects have included anatomy, neuroscience, medical physiology, pharmacology, diagnostics, research and physical therapy sciences. His research interests include teaching/learning effectiveness and issues related to rehabilitation for cancer survivors.

Dr. Palmer is a member of the American Physical Therapy Association and the Physical Therapy Association of Georgia. He is a volunteer with the Federation of State Boards of Physical Therapy. He has also served as a member of the Texas Board of Physical Therapy Examiners.

Dr. Palmer earned a bachelor of science degree in physical therapy from the University of Texas Medical Branch, Galveston, Texas, a Master of Health Education degree in physical therapy from the Medical College of Georgia, a master of arts degree in religious education from Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary, Fort Worth, Texas, and a PhD degree in higher education with a minor in educational research from the University of North Texas, Denton, Texas.

About PCOM Georgia

Established in 2005, PCOM Georgia is a branch campus of Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine (PCOM), a private, not-for-profit, accredited institution of higher education with a storied 125-year history dedicated to the healthcare professions. Located in Suwanee (Gwinnett County), PCOM Georgia offers doctoral degrees in osteopathic medicine, pharmacy and physical therapy. Graduate degrees are offered in biomedical sciences, medical laboratory science and physician assistant studies. The campus joins PCOM South Georgia in Moultrie in helping to meet the healthcare needs of the state. Emphasizing "a whole person" approach to care, PCOM Georgia focuses on educational excellence, interprofessional education and service to the community. For more information, visit or call 678-225-7500. 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

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