It’s a focus at PCOM to teach a “whole-person” approach. DOs are fully licensed physicians,
looking beyond the symptoms to truly see the patient, including the lifestyle and
environment. Osteopathic medicine focuses on the unity of the body’s systems to work
hand-in-hand to heal itself. This not only treats a patient’s illness, but also works
as a preventive measure.
First-year DO student Chizoba Akuwanne (DO ‘23) said she chose to pursue a degree
in osteopathic medicine because it’s the most inclusive approach to health care.
“Treating the body with touch can be very advantageous,” Akuwanee said. “Through osteopathic
manipulative treatment (OMT), I can use my hands to both diagnose and treat illness
and injury which can encourage the body’s natural tendency to heal itself. With OMT
in combination with all the other medical options we learn about, I believe an osteopathic
physician can offer the most comprehensive medical care today.”
Treating the person, not just the symptoms
Students at PCOM South Georgia learn to treat the whole person, not just the symptoms.
Xavia Taylor (DO ‘23), a first-year DO student, believes truly knowing the patient
makes a difference.
“To fully treat a patient, one must know who that patient truly is,” she said. “While
I physically know how to treat an illness, I’ll also be given the chance to connect
with my patient based on their personalized vision of self. It’s important to teach
our communities how to construct ideal environments that nourish and stimulate their
bodies and minds. I believe that’s as perfect as the profession can get.”
Growth in primary care and rural medicine
According to AACOM, more than 30 percent of DOs practice in primary care fields including
family medicine, pediatrics, OB/GYN and internal medicine. The DO profession continues
to grow with many physicians practicing in rural areas, a goal that PCOM South Georgia
has set from the beginning.
H. William Craver, III, DO, FACOS, dean and chief academic officer of PCOM South Georgia,
has a firsthand understanding of the struggle to find physicians to practice in Southwest
Georgia. He practiced in rural communities, once where he was the only surgeon in
the county practicing in a hospital with just 25 beds.
“It’s hard to recruit physicians that are willing to work in rural areas,” Dr. Craver
said. “A lot of people don’t have an understanding of these rural, underserved communities,
but I enjoyed it immensely,” he said of his surgical background. “Our presence in
Moultrie is PCOM taking a stand and demonstrating what osteopathic medicine is all
about – community medicine, primary care and serving the underserved.”
The DO impact
Osteopathic medicine stems from Kirksville, Missouri, a rural area, and was brought
to life by Andrew Taylor Still, MD, DO. He relied on manipulative treatment to diagnose
and treat illnesses. Focusing on an approach that would promote the body’s ability
to self-heal and treat the whole person, he paved the way for future physicians to
Will Brewster (DO ‘23), a student at PCOM South Georgia said his fellow students and
the faculty of PCOM South Georgia have already made an impact in his life.
“I’m so thankful to be surrounded by such an amazing group of faculty and classmates
that constantly push me to be the best medical student I can be, and that’s going
to translate into me being an even better physician,” he said. “I want to be able
to say that I left a positive impact on the lives of others.”
With nearly a year of osteopathic medicine education under their belts, PCOM South
Georgia students are well on their way to caring for the whole person and joining
more than 121,000 DOs in the country.
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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