The two week summer program allows Atlanta area high school students to learn about
healthcare careers under the guidance of medical and graduate students.
Planning for PCOM Georgia’s Summer Math and Science Academy (SMSA), a two-week enrichment
program to be held June 14-25, 2021, from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., is well underway. The
camp provides an opportunity for motivated metro Atlanta high school students to explore
the wide variety of healthcare professions available to them.
Thanks to funding from the Office of Diversity and Community Partnerships, in addition to a grant from Hologic, Inc., a medical technology company largely
focused on women’s health, SMSA is a free opportunity primarily targeting students
of underrepresented communities including Latinx/Hispanic and BIPOC (Black/Indigenous/
People of Color). In the past, participants who have been successful in the program
exhibited a passion for science and math, a curiosity about health care, and a calling
to care for others.
High school students will have the opportunity to learn about a wide variety of subjects
including health care and science-based research through hands-on activities. In addition,
topics like high school productivity, college and professional school preparation,
career planning, financial management and volunteering are on the agenda. Resume writing
and interviewing will also be practiced.
Aisha DeBerry, JD, director of the Office of Diversity and Community Partnerships,
said, “We are excited to host a new incoming class of summer academy students. Our
team is working tirelessly to create intentional learning and exposure to research-based
science and the healthcare professions despite these difficult circumstances.”
As part of summer camp, the student groups, with the assistance of their mentors,
study a disease they’ve selected and present the condition to their fellow high school
students at a graduation ceremony. Last summer, among the diseases selected were breast
cancer, allergies, Alzheimer’s disease, H1N1 swine influenza, Ebola disease and cystic
Depending on Gwinnett County’s health status, the summer academy may be held virtually
with opportunities for in-person experiences on the college’s Suwanee campus.
Tyler Rollins (DO ’23), a PCOM Georgia student-doctor and one of the summer 2020 mentors,
said, “The best part of the camp for me was when I was able to offer my support and
advice to our mentees. Many of them are minority students, and, as a minority myself,
I know and understand how underrepresented we are in medicine and the higher education
fields. By seeing someone who looks like them in medical school, I hope to inspire
them and instill in them the will and passion to achieve their dreams.”
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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