A Passion for New Beginnings January 21, 2021
Faculty Focus: Sandeep Vansal, PhD, RPh
No matter the location, Sandeep Vansal, PhD, RPh, has a passion for working to open new institutions.
After teaching at universities in New York and New Jersey for nearly two decades,
Dr. Vansal, associate professor of pharmacology and a registered pharmacist, moved
to Moultrie to join the inaugural faculty at PCOM South Georgia.
Dr. Vansal is no stranger to the South as he completed his doctoral studies at the
University of Mississippi, Oxford, Mississippi. From there, he completed a postdoctoral
fellowship at the Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania in
Philadelphia. He remained in the Northeast until 2019 when he moved to South Georgia.
“My commute in New York was two hours one way,” he said. “Now my commute is eight
Aside from the timesaving drive, Dr. Vansal said he appreciates the effort it takes
to begin a new medical school in a rural area.
“When construction began on PCOM South Georgia, we had a blank slate. Our primary
work is going toward building the school and building the culture,” he said.
Dr. Vansal’s passion for teaching began when he taught a physiology lab during his
doctoral studies. During his first year, he was named the ‘Teaching Assistant of the
“I like to see the students’ ‘aha’ moments,” he said. “I love when students ask questions
and put in the effort to understand. Understanding the different medications and how
to prescribe them safely is crucial for these future physicians.”
In addition to enjoying the southern hospitality and great weather Georgia offers,
Dr. Vansal said he’s been pleasantly surprised with the diversity of the students,
faculty and staff at PCOM South Georgia.
“Dr. Vansal was one of the first hires when we established PCOM South Georgia,” said
H. William Craver III, DO ‘87, FACOS, PCOM South Georgia Dean and Chief Academic Officer. “His experience has been a tremendous
asset to the College while we developed and adjusted the Doctor of Osteopathic Medicine program curriculum.”
When he’s not teaching pharmacology to osteopathic medicine students, Dr. Vansal enjoys running at the local YMCA and reading. His wife currently
resides in New Jersey and is planning to move to South Georgia in the near future.
They have a son who is studying mechanical engineering at Purdue University, West
Lafayette, Indiana, and a daughter in high school who aspires to be a physician.
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About PCOM South Georgia
Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine (PCOM) extended its commitment to the
Southeast by establishing PCOM South Georgia, an additional teaching location in Moultrie, Georgia. PCOM South Georgia offers both
a full, four-year medical program leading to the Doctor of Osteopathic Medicine (DO)
degree and a Master of Science in Biomedical Sciences degree. PCOM is a private, not-for-profit
institution which trains professionals in the health and behavioral sciences fields.
Joining PCOM Georgia in Suwanee in helping to meet the healthcare needs of the state,
PCOM South Georgia focuses on educating physicians for the South Georgia region. The
medical campus, which welcomed its inaugural class of medical students in August 2019,
has received accreditation from the American Osteopathic Association's Commission
on Osteopathic College Accreditation. For more information, visit pcom.edu/southgeorgia or call 229-668-3110.
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