Students and faculty help Gwinnett and Fulton County high schoolers learn about careers
An 82-year old woman is brought to the Emergency Department by paramedics. She was
sleeping when someone knocked on her bedroom window and ran away. Scared, she called
the police who in turn called for an ambulance.
The elderly woman is able to talk, but can’t complete sentences because she’s having
difficulty breathing. Her legs are swollen and a crackling sound is detected in her
In the makeshift emergency department, student doctor Tyler Raeford, MS/Biomed ’18,
(DO ’22), walks the Medical Explorers through a thorough assessment of the patient.
Combined with radiology reports and lab results from the Simulation Center team, the
diagnosis of congestive heart failure is made.
Faculty members in the Anatomy Lab use specimen and a Mondo Board to discuss the implications of this disease on the
body. Finally a pharmacy faculty member discusses the critical role that a pharmacist
plays in the treatment of congestive heart failure.
By joining the Medical Explorer post, the high school students have indicated an interest
in the healthcare field. The program at PCOM Georgia, under the leadership of Administrative
Services and Events Manager Kim Lucier, is designed to illustrate how different team
members play important roles in helping to treat patients.
Following the case presentation, a panel consisting of students in the osteopathic
medicine, pharmacy and physician assistant programs answered questions. The high school
students wanted to know – What is the difference between an MD and a DO? How do you decide which healthcare field you’d like to pursue? What is your life
like – is it just school, school, school? How do you get into medical school and why did you choose PCOM Georgia?
Susan Powell, RN, BSN, leads the program for Northside Gwinnett. She said, “For many
years, PCOM has graciously hosted a visit from our Medical Explorer group. And this
year, as always, they did not disappoint!”
She added, “Our Explorers gave rave reviews to their experiences for the evening,
especially to the student Q & A panel. The panel gave practical, real-world advice
to the students. Many are graduating high school seniors trying to decide ‘what they
want to be when they grow up’! We look forward to many more years of bringing our
Medical Explorer group to 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. 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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