According to Georgia Board for Physician Workforce statistics, there are about half as many physicians per capita in Georgia’s non metropolitan areas as compared to its cities. These same statistics indicate that the Southwest Georgia region has a critical need for physicians due to a low number of physicians in the area. PCOM leadership recognizes that educating medical students and training residents in rural Georgia increases the likelihood that these physicians will practice in the region. PCOM is continuing to work to be a part of the state’s solution for this area of need.
Building on the initial framework of the South Georgia Medical Education and Research Consortium and identifying multiple hospitals in the region, PCOM followed the recommendation of Sasaki Associates, Inc., an international consulting firm tasked with choosing the best location in the Southwest Georgia region for a medical school campus. With its availability of clerkship opportunities for third-and fourth-year medical students, central location, affordable housing and convenience to student services and facilities, Moultrie was a sound choice.
The Doctor of Osteopathic Medicine (DO) program will be offered at PCOM South Georgia.
The Doctor of Osteopathic Medicine (DO) program will matriculate 55 students for its first class, anticipated to begin in August of 2019.
Consistent with the College’s mission, PCOM looks forward to developing pipeline programs and actively recruiting and accepting qualified applicants from the South Georgia region. In addition, PCOM is seeking to establish partnerships with institutions of higher education in the region.
PCOM is actively advertising for and accepting applications for faculty and staff at PCOM South Georgia.
The goal of construction is to support PCOM's intention to matriculate the first PCOM South Georgia class in August of 2019.
PCOM is required to meet all accreditation standards set forth by the American Osteopathic Association (AOA) Commission on Osteopathic College Accreditation (COCA) for the establishment of PCOM South Georgia as an additional location. PCOM was notified on December 5, 2017, that the additional location received initial approval.
Yes, there are enough clinical rotations as required by the accreditation process. PCOM has supplied the AOA COCA with the required documentation that indicates there are ample clinical training opportunities throughout Southwest Georgia and the surrounding areas for the students at both PCOM South Georgia and GA-PCOM.