Medical Students Volunteer to Administer VaccinesMarch 30, 2021
As volunteers, all students are vaccinated and wear the proper PPE to participate
in the drive-through vaccine clinic.
After a curriculum change brought on by COVID-19 allowed medical students to learn
vaccination techniques earlier in their education, PCOM South Georgia's Doctor of Osteopathic Medicine (DO) students are now volunteering in vaccination efforts at Moultrie’s local hospital.
In addition to learning inoculations in the primary care skills course, the medical
students also completed additional training and are certified by the CDC to administer
And keeping in line with the mission of PCOM South Georgia, students are taking that training to their local hospital, Colquitt Regional, to
volunteer at the drive through vaccination clinic. The second-year DO students are
assisting with screening patients, administering vaccines and documenting doses.
“We have been most impressed by the PCOM students who have stepped forward to volunteer
at our COVID vaccination clinics,” said Colquitt Regional President and CEO, Jim Matney.
“Their skills and work ethic are solid. With a task as large as vaccinating an entire
community, it’s important to use all of our resources, and PCOM students have been
an invaluable partner for us.”
Miles McCabe (DO ‘23) has volunteered multiple times at Colquitt Regional and administered
the vaccine to a number of Moultrie residents.
“I really enjoy the patient contact and have met some very unique people from the
community,” McCabe said. “One thing I have noticed is that all the patients are so
thankful and appreciative. The staff from Colquitt Regional emanates positive energy
and the patients are happy to receive their doses of the vaccine. Everyone is doing
their part to progress in overcoming the pandemic together.”
McCabe added, “I look forward to Fridays because I am outside interacting with others
and using skills we have learned in the classroom. I feel honored to have this opportunity
to work alongside healthcare providers in the field and to serve patients. This has
been an exciting opportunity to create a positive impact in the Moultrie community.“
With clinical rotations coming up in July, Ravi Soni (DO ‘23) said volunteering at
Colquitt Regional has given him a chance to work with his future colleagues. Alongside
the employees at the hospital, he’s vaccinated nearly 60 community members.
Soni said, “I’ll be rotating in Moultrie next year, so it’s been great to meet and
work with some of the staff through this vaccination effort. We learn so much in class,
but it’s important to be able to really participate in patient care, and it’s so rewarding
to help people. I left knowing that 300+ people are now vaccinated. It’s great to
know we’re helping to make our community safer.”
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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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