GA-PCOM's physical therapy department continues to take shape following several months
of construction. Faculty members Phillip Palmer, Carol Miller, Robert Friberg and
Jennifer Wiley along with administrative assistant Kimberly Frazier are making preparations
for students once the department receives its candidacy.
In the meantime, letters of intent for student physical therapy rotations are being
signed and new faculty members have hit the ground running. Phillip Palmer, PT, PhD,
serves as professor and chair of the department, while Carol Miller, PT, PhD, GCS is a professor and director of curriculum and instruction.
Recently added to the team are Robert Friberg, PhD, PT, CFMT, who serves as professor
and director of faculty and student development; and Jennifer Wiley, PT, CPT, an associate professor and associate director for clinical education.
Dr. Friberg has taught in a variety of physical therapist education programs in Texas,
Oklahoma and Iowa. His credits include developing a physical therapist education program
at Des Moines University, home of an osteopathic medicine college. During that time,
he became acquainted with the osteopathic manipulative medicine philosophy and has
integrated these techniques into his practice. Dr. Friberg is also a licensed professional
counselor which provides him with the knowledge and skills to direct faculty and student
Dr. Wiley’s experience and background in clinical practice and her previous faculty
experience enhance the development of the physical therapy education program. She
has devoted her career to engagement with students through collaborative research
and clinical experience, mentoring and advising.
Rounding out the department is administrative assistant Kimberly Frazier.
Submission of Application for Candidacy does not assure that the physical therapist
education program will be granted Candidate for Accreditation status from CAPTE. Achievement
of Candidate for Accreditation status is required prior to implementation of the professional
phase of the program; therefore, no students may be enrolled in professional courses
until Candidate for Accreditation status has been achieved. Although achievement of
Candidate for Accreditation status signifies satisfactory progress toward accreditation,
it does not assure that the program will be granted accreditation.
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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