Women in Medicine September 21, 2021
Andrea Mann, DO, FAAP
During September, which is the American Medical Association's Women in Medicine month,
PCOM recognizes our female physicians who serve as faculty members and role models
for our students across all three of our campuses in Philadelphia, Suwanee and Moultrie.
Each campus has selected a representative "Woman in Medicine" to feature in a web
story, however we honor and celebrate all of our female physicians and student doctors
and their commitment to advancing equity and creating change.
Andrea Mann, DO, FAAP, serves as the dean and chief academic officer of PCOM Georgia's Doctor of Osteopathic Medicine (DO) program. Prior to joining PCOM Georgia in the spring of 2021, Dr. Mann served as the assistant
dean for clinical education, chair of pediatrics, and associate professor of pediatrics
and internal medicine at the Jerry M. Wallace, Campbell University School of Osteopathic
Medicine, Buies Creek, North Carolina.
Dr. Mann's previous experience includes working as an attending physician at Senders
Pediatrics in South Euclid, Ohio, and working as an attending internist and pediatrician
at MetroHealth Brooklyn Medical Group in Brooklyn, Ohio. Read more about Dr. Mann.
Who/what encouraged you to pursue a career in medicine?
I always wanted to be a doctor. I dressed up every year for Halloween as a doctor;
I played doctor with my friends and stuffed animals; I participated in science fairs;
I daydreamed about the day where I could wear a white coat and a stethoscope on my
neck; I planned the décor for my future pediatrics practice. I can’t remember ever
wanting to be anything but a physician. My parents encouraged me to pursue a career
in medicine. I was so lucky to have a fantastic role model in my mother. She was a
pharmacist and was one of two women in her pharmacy class. She was a superwoman. She taught
me that you could do it all. My mom was at every one of my softball games, provided
me with home-cooked meals, and was a leader in her profession. My father taught me
to choose a career that would allow me to support myself financially. He pushed me
towards a job that he knew that I would excel in and would find rewarding. My father
believed that women could do anything – and he told me over and over again that women
“do it right and do it better.”
How are you creating change as a woman in medicine?
I feel so fortunate to be in a leadership role as a physician. Our young girls must
see that if they work hard and are committed, they can be whatever they want. I strive
to be authentic and honest with my students. I share my struggles and my vulnerable
experiences. The road to get here was not an easy one for me. Other women need to
know that. Everybody has hard times – I want other women to know that there will be
difficult times, but if you are dedicated and put in the effort and commitment, you
can achieve your dreams.
How can you support your female colleagues?
We need to lift each other, cheer each other on. We need to reserve our judgment and
criticism of each other. We need to be there for each other and listen when there
is no one else to hear. We need to have compassion and understanding. Being a female
physician is hard at times. We need to help each other in the hard times and celebrate
What has your experience been like being a woman in medicine at PCOM?
I have felt very supported in my short time here at PCOM. The administration, faculty,
staff, students have welcomed me with open arms. People have asked for my opinions
and have listened to my ideas. I feel valued, and I think that I matter in the organization.
Honestly, I could not have asked for a better experience.
What advice would you give to a young female who is interested in becoming a physician?
First, believe in yourself. You can do anything and everything that you put your mind
to. Second, choose your “lifestyle” and then find a specialty that fits that. Remember
that your twenty-something-year-old self might have different life goals than your
forty-something-year-old self. Your life’s desires may change with time. You may choose
to have children, a spouse or life partner, travel, exercise, have a hobby. Pick a
specialty that matches your future lifestyle. Third, don’t sweat the small stuff.
Sometimes, your house just has to be messy, or you have to go out of the house in
sweats. It is okay – sometimes, some days, you just have to let it go. Last, always
keep in mind - balance. Put on your oxygen mask before you help others. It is not
uncommon for us to give of ourselves until our cup is empty. Keep your cup full… Eat
right, sleep, exercise, laugh, enjoy your family and friends. You can do it all, but
you have to take care of yourself first.
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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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