Dr. Michael Sampson (left) and Dr. Murray Berkowitz have been named associate deans at GA-PCOM. The appointments were announced by dean of medicine and chief academic officer H. William Craver III, DO.
Under the direction of dean of medicine and chief academic officer H. William Craver III, DO, two new associate deans have assumed leadership roles at Georgia Campus – Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine (GA-PCOM).
Murray R. Berkowitz, DO, MA, MS, MPH, FAOCOPM, a tenured professor of neuromusculoskeletal medicine and osteopathic manipulative medicine, has been named associate dean for clerkships and core site development. He also serves as the course director of preventive and community–based medicine.
Michael J. Sampson, DO, FAOASM, an associate professor of family medicine/sports medicine, has been named the associate dean for clinical integration.
Dr. Craver said, “I am very excited that both Dr. Berkowitz and Dr. Sampson accepted these associate dean positions. They are continuing to do a fantastic job of taking clinical education for our students to new heights.“
Dr. Berkowitz oversees the Office of Clinical Education’s clinical clerkship program which provides third- and fourth-year students with the opportunity to examine, evaluate and provide care for patients. The development of these skills helps students prepare for national board examinations and, ultimately, the practice of medicine.
Dr. Michael J. Sampson (left) has been named the associate dean for clinical integration while Dr. Murray Berkowitz was named the associate dean for clerkships and core site development.
The 23 clerkships include 13 core education clerkships. The remaining elective rotations allow each student the opportunity to pursue his or her special interests.
Dr. Sampson, the coordinator of clinical education for the DO program, is responsible for the operations of the Simulation Center, as well as adjunct faculty members who share their expertise with students. He also oversees the advanced clinical skills rotation which is offered to third year students during the summer prior to their clerkships.
A medically retired Lieutenant Colonel, Dr. Berkowitz received his Doctor of Osteopathic Medicine degree from what is now Des Moines University. He earned the Master of Public Health degree at the Johns Hopkins University Bloomberg School of Public Health in Baltimore, Maryland.
Dr. Sampson earned a Doctor of Osteopathic Medicine degree from what is now Kirksville College of Osteopathic Medicine at A.T. Still University of Health Sciences. He completed a residency in family medicine at Garden City Hospital/Michigan State University College of Osteopathic Medicine where he served as chief resident, and a fellowship in sports medicine from Metro Health Hospital in Grand Rapids, Michigan. He is a board member of the American Osteopathic Academy of Sports Medicine and lectures nationally and internationally on sports medicine topics.
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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