Georgia Campus – Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine (GA-PCOM) has been the
site of some serious learning—at the high school level—this summer. Camp Cardiac and
Camp Neuro, week-long camps for students ages 15 and older, gave about 35 youth the
opportunity to learn the science behind the health of the heart and the brain. Hosted
by GA-PCOM osteopathic medical students, the day camps focused on education and real-world
experiences in healthcare.
For the second year in a row, GA-PCOM offered the camp experience to high school students
from Georgia cities such as Douglasville, Madison, Marietta, McDonough, Peachtree
City, Powder Springs, Riverdale, Snellville, Whitesburg and Woodstock. Supported by
faculty members, five Class of 2019 osteopathic medical students planned the five-day
camps, including Yasmeen Shariff, the camp director, Morgan Myers and Chelsea White,
who headed up Camp Cardiac, and Hannah Shin and Nicole McManus who led Camp Neuro.
A large group of medical students volunteered to help, while the DO Council funded
Founded in 2010 as a not-for-profit venture by cardiac surgeon Richard Lee, MD, MBA,
and several medical students, Camp Cardiac and Camp Neuro are offered to high school
students across the country who are interested in exploring careers in medicine. GA-PCOM
is the only site for the camps in Georgia.
Having led a Health Career Academy at Central Gwinnett High School in Lawrenceville
this past year, GA-PCOM medical students through about a dozen college clubs, raised
money to pay half the tuition of two Central Gwinnett High Schoolers to attend the
camps. Doctor Development, the nonprofit organization that runs the camps nationally,
also met half the cost of the students' tuitions, Shariff explained.
“I am happy to say both students were in attendance and they appeared to be having
a great time,” she added.
From Monday, June 6, to Friday, June 10, campers received an introduction to the clinical
setting and learned about such topics as anatomy and physiology of the heart or brain,
the pathology of a heart attack, suturing, CPR, physical therapy, the nervous system
and neuron physiology, the stages of a stroke, taking vitals and recording medical
history, as well living a healthy lifestyle, both mentally and physically. They also
explored a variety of careers in healthcare. Overall, the camps did what they were
designed to do—interest high school students in future medical careers while giving
medical students the opportunity to share their knowledge about the human body.
About PCOM 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, 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. For more information, visit pcom.edu/georgia 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 pcomgeorgiahealth.org.
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