With no time left on the clock, Friday night lights in Suwanee culminated in a successful field goal by the home team marking the crowning of the 7AAAAAAA champion. The hard-fought game between two irrepressible teams, one from North Gwinnett High School in Suwanee and the other from Colquitt County High School in Moultrie, provided a premonition of what’s to come—two areas of the state working together, but this time, not as competitors but spirited team members, providing an excellent outcome.
Just before the game, played about seven miles away, Georgia Campus – Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine (GA-PCOM) hosted an open house and tour especially for the Packer Nation. Over cookies and hot chocolate, relationships were nurtured and enthusiasm was shared as both football and health care were discussed.
Just as both teams, playing with passion and purpose, brought out the best in each other, the two Georgia campuses of Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine, one in Suwanee and the other in Moultrie, will complement each other resulting in a win/win combination for Georgians.
Preparation is the key in both scenarios—on the football field and in higher education. It takes experts in their fields to build excellent football teams and medical schools. It’s evident that both North Gwinnett and Colquitt County have the right combination of coaches to prepare two successful teams. With its 118-years of a rich and storied history, it’s also apparent that PCOM has what it takes to successfully educate and train more than 15,000 graduates to date. And pipeline programming to introduce athletics and health sciences to our youth are important for both football programs and medical school.
Just as tremendous community support is a key ingredient in successful football programs, partnerships are required for a thriving medical college. To bring PCOM South Georgia to fruition, PCOM needs continued collaboration with the region—from hospital leadership to physicians to community members to educational institutions and more.
If Friday night is any indication, a championship football game, especially one that took an additional week to play, brings forth an extra measure of excitement. PCOM looks forward to being an enthusiastic and integral partner in the region as we work together to bring a medical school to South Georgia.
PCOM South Georgia is a private, not-for-profit four-year additional location of the fully accredited Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine, a multi-program institution of educational excellence founded in 1899. Located in Moultrie, Georgia, PCOM South Georgia is being developed to help meet the healthcare needs of the South Georgia region. Initial accreditation has been received from the American Osteopathic Association’s Commission on Osteopathic College Accreditation. With a planned opening date of August 2019, PCOM South Georgia will offer the doctor of osteopathic medicine (DO) degree to 55 initial medical students. For more information, visit www.pcom.edu or call 229-798-4710.
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