While some students are enjoying a carefree summer, others are just beginning a new academic journey. For the 20 students who were accepted into the Georgia Campus – Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine (GA-PCOM) inaugural Physician Assistant (PA) Studies class, school is now in session!
Orientation was held last week for the Class of 2018 and the newest additions to GA-PCOM participated in events such as white coat fittings, an anatomy introduction, a library presentation and campus safety instructions to acclimate them to the campus community. Housed in the Suwanee campus’ Northlake building, the PA Studies program consists of an intense 26-month curriculum that will end with graduation in July of 2018.
The students have academic credentials from institutions across the state, such as the Georgia Institute of Technology, Georgia State University, LaGrange College, the University of Georgia, the University of North Georgia and Valdosta State University. With backgrounds in biology and exercise science and many with master’s degrees and intercollegiate sports experience, the students have worked as EMTs, paramedics and medical assistants. Some have participated as teachers on Georgia State University’s Bio-Bus, and all have completed their hands on patient care experience.
These 20 talented and experienced classmates will go down in the books as the first Physician Assistants to graduate from GA-PCOM. Applications for the Class of 2019 are now being accepted. Visit Physician Assistant Studies to learn more and apply.
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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