PCOM South Georgia was founded in 2019 to help grow medical education in Southwest
Georgia and meet the long-term health care needs of the region.
According to Georgia Board for Physician Workforce statistics, the Southwest Georgia
region has a critical need for physicians. The vision is for PCOM South Georgia to
become a regional health professions education center. Studies show that physicians
educated and trained in a region are likely to remain in the area to practice medicine.
“Without the support of our local communities and regional partners, our expansion
into South Georgia would've been difficult, maybe even impossible, but because of
our shared vision for the Southwest Georgia region, we're able to truly address the
need for healthcare professionals in rural areas.”
Representatives from South Georgia Medical Education and Research Consortium, a partnership
of five independent healthcare systems in South Georgia, and PCOM signed a memorandum of agreement on October 31, 2016 to develop a feasibility plan to establish an additional location
in South Georgia.
The College selected Moultrie, Georgia for its new campus based on its central access
to the region's health and education centers, ample clerkship opportunities for medical
students, affordable housing and convenience to services and facilities.
On December 5, 2017 PCOM received initial approval from its accrediting agency—the American Osteopathic Association’s (AOA) Commission
on Osteopathic College Accreditation (COCA)—to move forward with the development of
PCOM South Georgia.
A ribbon-cutting ceremony to celebrate the opening of the building was held on Aug. 6, 2019. PCOM South Georgia
welcomed its inaugural class of doctor of osteopathic medicine (DO) students on Aug.
PCOM South Georgia’s inaugural leadership team consisted of four members. H. William Craver III, DO, FACOS, assumed the position
of vice provost with academic responsibility for PCOM Georgia and PCOM South Georgia.
Michael J. Sampson, DO, FAOASM, was appointed senior associate dean and chief academic
officer for PCOM South Georgia. Joanne Jones, MBA assumed the role of campus officer. Marla D. Golden, DO, FACEP, was named chair of clinical education.