Family members and friends witnessed the 19 students donning their white coats and
taking the Pledge of Professionalism which includes the statement, “I will hold as
my primary responsibility the health, safety, welfare and dignity of all human beings.”
John Filson, PA-C, the president-elect of the Georgia Association of Physician Assistants
who currently works in emergency medicine in Gainesville, Georgia, spoke to the students,
saying, “GA-PCOM is giving you the tools and an incredible opportunity” to become
a Physician Assistant. “You are the future of our profession.”
“The white coat symbolizes the trust that we must earn from our patients,” explained
Rebekah Thomas, PharmD, PA-C, the Georgia Campus PA Studies site director.
Laura Levy, DHSc, PA-C, program director of PCOM’s PA program, told the assembled family members and friends
that they have now become their students’ teachers. “You are about to endure the longest
physical exams of your lives!”
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, medical laboratory science,
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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