PCOM South Georgia Begins Online Medical School InterviewsOctober 2, 2020
Dana Brooks, assistant director of admissions at PCOM South Georgia, explained there
are several benefits to conducting virtual admissions interviews.
Students hoping to begin their medical education at PCOM South Georgia are interviewing virtually this year.
AACOM admissions interview guidelines
In July 2020, the American Association of Colleges of Osteopathic Medicine encouraged
colleges to provide applicants with a virtual interview throughout the entire 2020-2021
application cycle. AACOM advised that virtual medical school interviews will ensure
safety and lower interview costs for prospective students.
Dana Brooks, assistant director of admissions at PCOM South Georgia, said that the
guidelines encouraged by AACOM are a change for all parties involved, but there are
benefits to virtual interviews.
Benefits of virtual medical school interviews
“Most candidates feel more relaxed in their own space, so they may interview better,”
she said. “Virtual interviews are more affordable for the candidates, but unfortunately
we’re not able to show off our amazing campus and the culture of our close-knit campus
Prospective students are interviewed, as normal, by faculty and staff, but interviews
are conducted through a video meeting platform instead of in person. Before the interview,
candidates receive a virtual tour of PCOM South Georgia, as well as a financial aid presentation from the admissions
team. On interview day, candidates are given an admissions overview from Brooks’ team
and also participate in a question and answer session with student ambassadors.
Leslie McIntosh, PhD, assistant professor of anatomy and histology, serves as a virtual
interviewer for potential students.
“I have found the candidates to be more comfortable, and the conversation can feel
very natural in a virtual setting,” Dr. McIntosh said. “The major con of interviewing
virtually is that the students are not able to realize how conducive our campus is
for learning. The virtual tour available on our website works hard to overcome this
and to familiarize our prospective students with our wonderful learning environment.”
DO program admissions process
Once the interviews are completed, the Doctor of Osteopathic Medicine Faculty Committee
on Admissions meets and renders decisions on each candidate. The admissions team then
informs the candidates of their decision via email. The process usually takes four
to six weeks from start to finish.
“The interview season is the same timeframe with around the same number of interviews
as last year, just in a different space,” Brooks said. “This is a big decision for
candidates as they will be investing a lot of time in PCOM South Georgia and the region.
We want to ensure that we are doing everything possible to assist our candidates in
making the right decision for their future professions.”
Learn more about the medical school admissions process at PCOM South Georgia.
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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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