PCOM South Georgia Hosts Legislative LeadersJanuary 11, 2022
PCOM South Georgia administrators met with state legislators and community leaders
to discuss opportunities to grow the College's programs and partnerships. (Photo adhered
to the campus mask mandate and learning environment at the time it was taken.)
PCOM South Georgia hosted regional legislators alongside Southern Regional Technical College and Colquitt
Regional Medical Center in Moultrie on December 15 at the Tallokas Road campus for
an annual pre-legislative meeting. The College provided updates on campus life and
academic programs and facilitated a conversation regarding recently requested state support and funding
aimed at growing key programs at the College.
Importance of regional partnerships
Since opening in 2019, PCOM South Georgia has worked fervently to establish local
and regional partnerships. Jay Feldstein, DO ‘83, PCOM President and CEO highlighted these partnerships to the group during the legislative
“Without these regional partnerships, our Moultrie campus would not have been possible,”
he said, referring to regional healthcare centers and higher education institutions
working with local elected leaders. “We need these partnerships to grow our student
body and continue providing physicians to underserved areas.”
Joining local legislators at the PCOM South Georgia campus were leaders from Colquitt
Regional Medical Center and Southern Regional Technical College, two of the College's
longtime partners in the region.
Community and state support
With the Moultrie community pledging an additional $4.85 million to support continued
growth at PCOM South Georgia, the College also recently requested state funding and
support. With these potential funds, the College would provide equity for students
from Georgia who attend PCOM; expand the class size of the Doctor of Osteopathic Medicine (DO) programs at PCOM South Georgia; create academic programs at PCOM South Georgia to
address healthcare needs in the state and region; increase pathway programs to educate
students from the South Georgia region; institute a Center for Rural Health Education
to address disparities in health care and grow partnerships with health systems/providers
to expand clinical access to underserved communities.
PCOM's impact in Georgia
PCOM is the second largest medical school in the state by class size, enrolling nearly
200 osteopathic medical students each year at its two Georgia campuses in Suwanee and Moultrie. Nearly 1,450
PCOM alumni practice in 107 counties across the state with 197 PCOM alumni practicing
in South Georgia, many providing primary and specialty care to rural Georgians.
The College has created articulation and affiliation agreements with Abraham Baldwin Agricultural College, Valdosta State University, Georgia Southern
University, Albany State University and Florida Agricultural and Mechanical University.
These agreements provide undergraduate students the opportunity to fast-track their
medical education by attending PCOM South Georgia and receiving credit for both the
DO program and their undergraduate degree. Many PCOM South Georgia students come from
the area and are graduates of Columbus State University, Albany State University,
Fort Valley State University, ABAC, VSU and the University of Georgia.
Moultrie area community engagement
The College’s efforts reach even further, providing local high school students exposure
to career opportunities in health care through pathway programs.
“The entire PCOM South Georgia campus community has ingrained itself in the local
area, creating pathway programs that allow local high school students to be mentored
by DO students,” said H. William Craver III, DO ‘81, Dean and Chief Academic Officer.
“These programs serve as a way to introduce rural, underserved populations to healthcare
careers in South Georgia.”
Joanne Jones, campus officer, said many students have led the way when it comes to volunteerism
and community outreach.
“Our medical and graduate students have also taken it upon themselves, with the support
of College leadership, to volunteer in the area through student-led club activities,”
she said. “This includes donations to local nonprofits, health and wellness education
and mentorship to local youth.”
Additionally, the medical school has fostered working relationships with regional
sites to provide research opportunities for students and faculty. The sites include
Colquitt Regional Medical Center, VSU and UGA Tifton’s Veterinary Diagnostic and Investigational
Laboratory. Clinical partnerships have also been established which allow DO students
to complete their third- and fourth-year rotations in the area. Regional sites include
Moultrie, Thomasville, Tifton, Warner Robins, Albany and Valdosta.
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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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