High School Students Explore a Variety of Health Professions
January 11, 2019
Local juniors and seniors, members of the Gwinnett Medical Center's Explorers, visited
GA-PCOM to experience healthcare careers.
It’s 6:41 p.m. and a local high school football player was brought to the emergency
department by emergency medical technicians. He is transferred to a cot from a backboard
which he was placed on when he was carried off the football field. The athletic trainer
called 911. When the EMTs arrived, they splinted his leg with an air splint. After
assessing the patient and ordering labs and imaging, the “physicians” placed a traction
splint on the patient to re-establish blood flow. The “doctors” then handed the player
off to an orthopedic surgeon for surgery. A pharmacist consulted about medications,
while a physical therapist planned rehabilitation.
Designed to illustrate how a wide variety of healthcare providers work closely together
to treat each patient, the college’s faculty members and students developed and staged
the scene, while osteopathic medicine (DO), pharmacy and physician assistant students served as guides for the evening.
The one and a half hour session concluded with a panel where the high school students
were able to ask the professional students questions like, “What’s the difference
between a DO and an MD?”, “What are your best study tips and how do you manage your time?”, “Did you get
into MD programs and why did you choose to attend GA-PCOM?”, “When and how did you know you wanted to become a doctor or pharmacist?”, “Are
you able to conduct research while in school?” and “How are you paying for professional school?”
Gwinnett Medical Center Professional Development Specialist Susan Powell, RN, who
leads the Medical Explorer post said, “I really liked the case study application.
The students were able to see the wide variety of professionals who impact the treatment
of the patient, giving the students a broader perspective.”
One high school student, Ananya Dhiljith, a junior at the Gwinnett School of Mathematics,
Science and Technology, said, “Previously I only thought of becoming a cardiologist.
This visit helped open my eyes to other fields.”
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.
For more information, contact: Barbara Myers Senior Public Relations Manager Email: BarbaraMy@pcom.edu Office: 678-225-7532 | Cell: