PCOM Seeks Continued Community SupportJanuary 8, 2018
The following “letter to the editor” from President and CEO Jay Feldstein, DO, regarding the development of PCOM South Georgia was sent to publications across
the South Georgia region.
On behalf of PCOM, I join with the South Georgia region in celebrating our accrediting
organization’s approval of the development of a four-year regional medical school in Moultrie, a location deemed desirable by the national consulting firm we engaged to help us
select a location. With regional support, PCOM plans to build a 75,000 square foot
educational facility with an inaugural class of 55 Doctor of Osteopathic Medicine
(DO) students who will begin classes in August of 2019.
There are many individuals, organizations and public entities in the South Georgia
region that have played significant roles in getting us to this positive decision
point. I thank all of you for the collective support and encouragement over the past
As we all know, there’s much work to be done. Along with the site selection and construction
phase, we will begin hiring faculty members and staff, and, most importantly, recruiting
students for the campus to be known as PCOM South Georgia. I look forward to introducing our soon-to-be-hired associate dean to the region
and telling the campus’ story to our applicants.
We need continued community support to ensure that this project is a success—from
referring prospective students and employees to PCOM South Georgia to helping us plan
pipeline programs with area youth to providing enthusiastic support as we embark on
this journey together.
Medical school is a rigorous process with students primarily spending the first two
years in classroom and lab settings. The latter two years involve medical experiences
in hospitals, clinics and physicians’ offices where students gain practical experience,
and where physicians are able to share their knowledge with the next generation of
doctors. We look forward to further collaborating with the South Georgia healthcare
community—partners who are crucial to the educational process.
All benefit from this collaboration, including the communities where these clerkships
occur. Aside from the economic impact, research shows that students, who have the
opportunity to attend medical school, perform clerkships and complete residencies
in a region, often remain in the area to practice medicine. PCOM is working diligently
to offer a solution to the region’s critical need for physicians.
We look forward to working with community members in South Georgia—Moultrie, Thomasville,
Tifton, Valdosta, Albany, Americus and many other areas—who will have the opportunity
to embrace our students.
We ask you to send us your best and your brightest and we will diligently work to
educate them to become very capable physicians. And we invite you to keep up with
our progress through our website, pcom.edu, and our Facebook page, PCOM South Georgia.
As we begin what will surely prove to be an exciting 2018, please know that the PCOM
community looks forward to becoming an integral part of the South Georgia region.
Best wishes and warmest regards,
Jay Feldstein, DO
President and CEO
Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine
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About PCOM South Georgia
In 2019, Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine (PCOM), a premier osteopathic
medical school with a storied 125-year history, 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. PCOM is a private, not-for-profit
institution that 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 region. For more information, visit pcom.edu or call 229-668-3110.
Cindy B. Montgomery
Public Relations and Social Media Manager
Office: 229-668-3198 | Cell: 229-873-2003
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