Professor Reflects on Treating COVID Patients and Teaching Med Students August 10, 2021
Faculty Focus: Gino Alberto, DO '83, MPH
Gino Alberto, DO ‘83, MPH, took on a frontline position during the COVID-19 pandemic,
working in New York during April 2020—the outbreak epicenter.
The choice to work in the epicenter of a global pandemic was tough said the Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine (PCOM) alumnus, but something he knew he had to do.
“I needed to serve my country again,” said the Navy veteran. “That environment and
outbreak were so bad, but the staff was tremendously dedicated. We really didn’t know
a lot about how to handle the virus, so there was a huge sense of camaraderie. Every
day we were pulling articles from every institution around the world. There was nothing
solid to treat the patients with. From an intellectual perspective, it was exciting
trying to figure out how to address this virus, but the emotional and human side of
that was hard—to watch people die without family. It was a big strain emotionally,
but the community was overwhelmingly supportive.”
Working quickly and without much information is something Dr. Alberto is well equipped
to do. He is board-certified in emergency and occupational medicine and has practiced
emergency medicine for much of his career. Over the years he’s trained medical students and residents while practicing medicine. He said his decision to become a faculty
member at PCOM South Georgia was because of his desire to get back to the teaching environment.
“The great thing about teaching is that you take on interested and motivated students
and watch them change and grow over a few years,” he said. “They keep me current and
ask the ‘why’ question. They teach me a lot, too. Young people just have enthusiasm
about what they’re doing. It’s refreshing. It’s their motivation that drives me.”
Dr. Alberto teaches emergency medicine to the Doctor of Osteopathic Medicine students at PCOM South Georgia. He received his undergraduate degree in biology at
Gettysburg College and graduated from PCOM with his Doctor of Osteopathic Medicine
degree in 1983. He then served in the Navy, working in emergency medicine, for four
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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
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