Medical Students Host Free Blood Pressure Checks and Flu Shots November 22, 2021
Gwinnett County residents will be the recipients of two wellness events planned by
PCOM Georgia Doctor of Osteopathic Medicine (DO) students in early December.
Blood pressure checks at Jolly Holly Day
On Friday, December 3, from 6 to 9 p.m., PCOM Georgia DO students, along with faculty
members, will take blood pressure readings and distribute blood pressure information
at the Jolly Holly Day in Suwanee Town Center, located in downtown Suwanee.
In addition, the Simbulance, also known as the PCOM Georgia Mobile Medical Education Lab, will be available for tours, while students will provide arts and crafts activities
for children. The DO students’ activities and giveaways are sponsored by the President’s Community Wellness Initiative.
As the new dean of medicine at PCOM Georgia's osteopathic medical school, Andrea Mann, DO, FAAP, said, “I am excited to accompany our medical students and mobile simulation ambulance
to Jolly Holly Day this year. Our students will be offering information and free blood
pressure checks to the citizens of Suwanee. Additionally, we will be showcasing several
of our lifelike high-fidelity medical training mannequins in our very own PCOM Georgia
Sahara Peters (DO ’24), a second year DO student, is coordinating the event. She said,
“We hope to become a trusted resource in the Suwanee community.” According to Alexander
Christianson (DO ’24), “As medical students in Gwinnett County, I believe it is our
duty to serve those around us by teaching our community members simple practices that
they can implement in their daily lives like blood pressure checks.”
Brittany Henderson (DO ’24) added, “Part of PCOM Georgia’s mission is community wellness
and blood pressure checks are a way we can offer our services. Blood pressure monitoring
is important for early detection of risky diseases that can affect areas like the
heart and kidneys. We’re excited to offer this service.”
Free flu shots in Lawrenceville
PCOM Georgia HEARTS Club members are working with Walgreens and the Lawrenceville
Cooperative Ministry to administer free flu shots to the uninsured on Saturday, December
4, from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Walk-ins are welcome, but appointments are encouraged. Visit
www.pcomheartsga.org to make an appointment.
The cooperative ministry is located at 52 Gwinnett Drive, Suite C, in Lawrenceville,
Georgia. HEARTS Club members raised funds for the event through fundraisers and club
Prachi Patel (DO ’24), the HEARTS Clinic student director, said, “Through our flu
clinics this year, we not only hope to provide free flu shots to the uninsured in
our community, but also raise awareness about healthy practices to those around us.
Oftentimes people are unaware of the healthcare resources that are available to them,
so PCOM HEARTS Georgia hopes to diminish that gap by providing these resources through
our clinic. Our goal is to provide basic medical needs and educate our patient population
with the help of PCOM Georgia’s medical students.”
Shino Sleeper (DO ’24), HEARTS Clinic student manager, added, “The hope for our flu
shot clinic is to provide a safe place for those individuals in our community that
would not normally have access or feel comfortable to get their flu shot and protect
their families from the flu this winter. We also hope to provide an enriching learning
experience for our future health professionals.”
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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. 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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