Brothers in Medicine Provide Community Health ScreeningsDecember 8, 2022
Joining a host of student groups who are heavily involved in community outreach, a
new student-led organization, Brothers in Medicine, is working to educate Black men
in the community on health care.
With 17 student members, Brothers in Medicine aims to advance awareness, education,
and research on social health determinants that impact the Black community, specifically
in rural areas.
Anthony Dove (DO ‘25) leads the organization with the hope of bridging the gap between
PCOM South Georgia and the Moultrie community.
“We want to educate our community members about health concerns and how to better
take care of themselves,” Dove said. “If we meet community members where they are,
we hope that we can encourage them to see a physician if needed.”
Most recently, the students traveled to a barbershop in Moultrie to host free health
screenings. Dove said the students see it as an opportunity to introduce themselves
to their community and establish trust between medical professionals and community
During the outing, students provided eight health screenings. Seven of the participants
were men, all of whom had elevated or high blood pressure.
“Some of the participants were unaware of their high blood pressure, so we were able
to advise them and educate them on what a safe blood pressure reading is, symptoms
of high blood pressure, ways to lower their blood pressure with lifestyle changes
and what could happen if it goes untreated,” Dove said.
Jennifer Mitchell, EdD, assistant director of diversity and community relations, said that Brothers in Medicine is essential to the community.
“It amplifies our current Black male students as future physicians, scholars, and positive Black male role models for the rural South Georgia community,”
she said. “I am very proud of these young men and thankful for Dr. Walker's leadership
and vision for this amazing initiative.”
Brothers in Medicine also partnered with Sistahs in Medicine in November to take 52
young students from the Boys and Girls Club to see Black Panther II at the Moultrie theater. The group said that utilizing social engagement opportunities
such as this introduces the next generation to current medical students and shows
kids of all ages from underrepresented racial and ethnic groups that a future in medicine is attainable for everyone. They added that this kind of collaboration signals that the road to
pre-medical success begins long before a student starts college.
Dr. Mitchell and Dove said that these kinds of organizations and community partnerships
are so important to younger generations.
“These students and community members are seeing people who look like them and who
are medical professionals,” Dove said. “We hope that gives them trust and confidence
in us as providers and mentors.”
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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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