Thirty-two high school juniors and seniors with an interest in healthcare experienced
a 90 minute session on head trauma and traumatic brain injury at Georgia Campus –
Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine (GA-PCOM) recently. The students, along
with four advisors from Gwinnett Medical Center, are part of the Gwinnett Medical
Center Medical Explorers program.
According to Susan Stubbs, Director of Learning Resources at Gwinnett Medical Center
(GMC), “The GMC Medical Explorers program provides exciting experiences related to
more than twelve healthcare career fields. It’s designed to help high school juniors
and seniors learn more about fields they may want to pursue.” She noted that admission
to the program is competitive and admits high performing high school students from
across Gwinnett Medical Center’s service area.
A GA-PCOM team of students, faculty and staff ensured that the students received a
well-rounded and hands-on program centered on a fictitious high school athlete who
experienced a hard hit during a varsity football game. The students learned about
c-spine precaution and transportation, various brain traumas, closure of minor skin
wounds with staples and pharmacotherapy considerations.
Student ambassadors, including Tatiana Rodriguez, (DO ’18), Matthew Aharonov (DO ‘
19), Rachel Lewis (DO ’19), Hironobu Takeda (DO ‘ 18) and Porche Warren (DO ’19),
shepherded the students to various stations and shared their medical school experience
with the high schoolers.
Thanks to faculty and staff members for assisting with the program including: Bryan
Ginn, Kim Lucier, Nancy McLaughlin, MHA, DHSc, PA-C, Abigail Hielscher, PhD, Mircea
Anghelescu, MD, Jeffrey Seiple, MBA, Laura Baumgarten, Deepa Patel, PharmD, Brian
Matayoshi, PhD, Simone Pitts, Aise Cannon, John Khan, Rolf Dzirson, Lance Semien,
Alyssa D’Addieco and Barbara Myers. A special thanks to Mary-Catherine Ciuba, ATC,
PA-C from Athens Orthopedic Clinic for volunteering her time to assist in the program.
It definitely takes a village!
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.
For more information, contact: Barbara Myers Senior Public Relations Manager Email: BarbaraMy@pcom.edu Office: 678-225-7532 | Cell: