The GA-PCOM osteopathic medicine, pharmacy and biomedical sciences programs welcomed
students to campus last week.
Fast friendships were formed as orientation took place from August 6-10, 2018 at Georgia Campus – Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine (GA-PCOM). The osteopathic medicine, pharmacy and biomedical sciences programs welcomed students
prior to classes starting this week. The physical therapy and physician assistant
studies programs received students earlier in the summer.
Three pharmacy students—one from Baltimore, Maryland, another from Woodstock, Georgia,
and a third from Fairburn, Georgia—bonded as they worked their way through the various
What led this trio to pursue doctorate degrees in pharmacy?
Ruth Pierre, a graduate of Clayton State University in Morrow, Georgia, shared that
her maternal great-grandfather was a pharmacist in Haiti. “I witnessed him making
people feel better,” she said.
Chioma Eneremadu was introduced to the profession through her uncle who was an independent
pharmacist. She became a pharmacy technician and eventually decided that becoming
a pharmacist was the right career for her.
Amanda Aiad grew up in close proximity to her grandparents. “I was around medications
from a young age, so I felt comfortable going into the pharmacy profession,” she said.
Eneremadu, a graduate of Towson University in Towson, Maryland, and Aiad, a graduate
of Kennesaw State University in Kennesaw, Georgia, originally met through the class
Facebook page and decided to become roommates – only two miles from campus.
The three women, along with fellow students, were fitted for white coats, completed
requirements for basic life support certification, heard from the college president
and provost, along with many other college representatives, and attended a financial
aid budgeting session.
It was not all work and no play, though. Student Government Association representatives
invited the students to an 80s and 90s skate night and a movies and mixer activity
to facilitate the getting to know you process. And local PCOM alumni greeted new GA-PCOM students at a Welcome Party held at the Gwinnett Stripers vs.
Norfolk Tides baseball game at Coolray Field in Lawrenceville, Georgia.
While enjoying an outdoor cookout, they also got a taste of the volunteer activity
that takes place on campus as they were urged to sign up for this coming weekend’s
11th annual Old Peachtree Road Race. The 5K race which begins on campus on Saturday,
August 18 at 8 a.m. is sponsored by the Student Osteopathic Medical Association and
supports Extra Special People which serves children and young adults with developmental
Orientation Week, a virtual whirlwind of activities, prepared the students to become
official members of the PCOM family, a group of people bound together since 1899 by
their dedication to professional and graduate education in medicine, health and behavioral
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: