GA-PCOM Chief Campus Officer Bryan Ginn speaks at a ribbon-cutting ceremony for the Georgia Chamber of Commerce regional office in Tifton.
On Monday, May 15, Georgia Campus – Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine (GA-PCOM) Chief Campus Officer Bryan Ginn spoke to a gathering of approximately 200 people at the ribbon-cutting ceremony and reception for the Georgia Chamber of Commerce regional office recently opened in Tifton, Georgia. A transcript of Ginn’s remarks regarding PCOM’s intent to invest in South Georgia, pending accreditation approval, follows:
“As one with South Georgia roots, I am proud to represent Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine in sponsoring this historic ribbon-cutting today. PCOM, with campuses in Philadelphia and Suwanee, Georgia, is a private, not-for-profit institution of higher education founded in 1899 and focused on education in medicine, health and behavioral sciences. Like the Georgia Chamber, we view the South Georgia region as economically diverse with a bright future, culturally rich in its wide range of people and talent, and laser-focused on ensuring access to high-quality health care.
“Today, through our Suwanee campus, PCOM is proud to partner with multiple health systems and health providers in extending medical and health sciences education to this region and, we believe the time is right to do more.
“Last Friday, PCOM officials filed an application to the Commission on Osteopathic College Accreditation for approval to open a four-year teaching site in South Georgia. We believe this action will create opportunities for Georgia residents and, ultimately, improve the health of our fellow Georgians.
“Pending accreditation approval, PCOM intends to locate a state-of-the-art medical campus in Moultrie, and is working to partner with colleges in South Georgia to recruit outstanding graduates and with health systems in the region to train our medical students who will potentially remain in the area to practice medicine. These students will pursue a four-year program of study in osteopathic medicine in order to become fully licensed to practice medicine.
“PCOM is proud to be a partner as we all seek to improve health, and we salute the
Georgia Chamber for its bold move in establishing a permanent presence in South Georgia—an
action PCOM intends to take in the days, weeks and months to come subject to our accreditors’
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 which has a storied history as a premier osteopathic medical school. PCOM Georgia offers the doctor of osteopathic medicine degree, the doctor of pharmacy degree, the doctor of physical therapy degree, as well as graduate degrees in biomedical sciences 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 or call 678-225-7500.
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