Healthcare Providers Graduate from PCOM GeorgiaMay 24, 2023
PCOM Georgia held its annual commencement ceremony on May 23, this year graduating 283 physicians, pharmacists, physical therapists, physician assistants, biomedical scientists and medical laboratory scientists.
The pomp and circumstance were elevated as students processed into the auditorium
to the accompaniment of a bagpipe and snare drum. The grand ballroom at the Gas South
Convention Center was filled with loved ones who witnessed their students crossing
the stage to receive their diplomas and hoods.
Julie Ginn Moretz, the chief experience officer and the assistant vice president of patient- and family-
centered health care at the Augusta University Health System, delivered the keynote
address. The sister of PCOM Georgia Chief Campus Officer Bryan Ginn, Moretz received the Doctor of Humane Letters, honoris causa, as part of the ceremony.
Moretz asked the graduates “what would health care look like if patients designed
Once the self-described scared young mother of a newborn diagnosed with three major
life-threatening heart defects, Moretz has worked tirelessly to transform the culture
of health care so that the hospital experience is more patient-and family-centered.
As the first volunteer chair of the Patient/Family Advisory Council at AU Health,
Moretz partnered with hospital leaders to develop a nationally recognized patient-
and family- centered program which led to a position as a hospital director.
“It’s about keeping patients and families together and including them in the care
plan and decision-making process,” she said.
Moretz reminded the students that “words matter. Your patients will memorize the words
A final lesson Moretz conveyed to the graduates is that “you can’t save everyone but
you can always share your passion and compassion.”
Jay S. Feldstein, DO ’81, president and CEO of Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine, addressed the
graduates. He said, “As you leave here today, you are poised to lead in a world of
continuous change. You are empowered to effect change and to grow from it.”
“I encourage you to harness the power of change. Commit to leaving things better than
you found them. There is no limit to your capacity for greatness,” he said.
The Honorable James “Jimmy” Burnette, Jr., who serves as the mayor of Suwanee, offered
greetings from the city and thanked the graduates for the volunteer service they provided
to the community during their years at PCOM Georgia. He noted their participation
in health fairs, food banks, Relay for Life activities, and their service during the
pandemic to include providing vaccinations and groceries for the vulnerable.
In addition to their volunteer work and academics, many of the students also had active
family lives. Provost Kenneth J. Veit, DO ‘76, noted that 39 graduates were engaged while in school, while five became betrothed
to a fellow classmate. In addition, 30 students were married during school and class
members as a whole have 36 children, of which 20 children were born while their parents
were students at PCOM Georgia.
The Class of 2023 is made up of 109 DOs, 76 pharmacists, 39 physical therapists, 30
physician assistants, 27 biomedical scientists and two medical laboratory scientists.
To watch a live stream of the ceremony, click here.
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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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