Faculty Focus: Brandy Sreenilayam, PhDDecember 21, 2020
Brandy Sreenilayam, PhD, assistant professor of biochemistry and cellular genetics, made the move to South
Georgia without knowing that a medical school was being developed in the region.
After stints in Illinois, New York and Indiana, the Sreenilayam family traveled south
for Dr. Sreenilayam’s husband’s new opportunity as an assistant professor of organic
chemistry at Valdosta State University. Before learning of the opportunities at PCOM South Georgia, Dr. Sreenilayam worked as an adjunct professor at Georgia Military College in Valdosta.
A Michigan native and self-proclaimed “flatlander”, Dr. Sreenilayam is no stranger
to rural areas and was eager to get back to that environment.
“Moving back to a rural area is really full circle for me,” she said. “I like the
friendliness and that others offer a helping hand whenever possible. The work ethic
of the rural population is impressive, and although everyone is busy, they make time
to still help those around them. I see this in our students, staff and faculty on
campus, too.” She added, “I’ve never taught at a school that’s so collegial.”
When teaching in the cellular and molecular basic medicine course, Dr. Sreenilayam
enjoys working with other faculty members to create case studies in which students
learn about patient scenarios and create treatment plans.
“I love the integration of each side —clinical and basic sciences,” she said. “It’s
fun to work together with so many disciplines to get input for a case study. With
these sessions, the students see all aspects of health care combined. That’s where
students integrate their studies and pull together the pieces.”
Dr. Sreenilayam has been teaching students for over a decade, and she still has the
same passion and excitement as she did when she began her career. Though most of her
career was spent teaching undergraduate students, she has been able to easily adapt
her teaching methods to be effective for medical students.
“Teaching at a medical school brings a different perspective on teaching biochemistry,”
she said. “I hope my students have learned as much from me as I’ve learned from them.
I enjoy teaching them the basics so that they can apply their knowledge to new situations
and use their critical thinking skills to help patients in the future.”
H. William Craver III, DO ‘87, FACOS, PCOM South Georgia Dean and Chief Academic Officer, is proud to have Dr. Sreenilayam
as a faculty member at PCOM South Georgia.
“Dr. Sreenilayam’s passion for science, teaching and her students’ success makes her
a true asset to our community,” he said. “She is always willing to work alongside
her colleagues to bring our students the best medical education that we can offer.”
When she’s not educating future physicians, Dr. Sreenilayam, who enjoys sports, hunting
and fishing, enjoys spending time with her two children and husband.
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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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