PCOM South Georgia Seats Highly Qualified and Diverse Student BodyOctober 12, 2022
PCOM South Georgia, the region’s only medical school, opened its campus in Moultrie, Georgia four years
ago to help grow medical education in Southwest Georgia and meet the long-term healthcare
needs of the region.
In addition to focusing on students’ academic success, healthcare experience and MCAT
scores, all predictors of success, the recruiting team highly values prospective students’
commitment and passion to learning in a rural setting and training with a whole-person philosophy. It is with this holistic approach—seeing the student as a whole rather than a set
of numbers—that the team reviews and interviews applicants.
Because of those efforts, the College recently welcomed another highly qualified and
diverse class. During the 2021-2022 interview cycle, PCOM South Georgia received more
than 3,000 applications, conducted nearly 300 interviews and matriculated 59 students
into the Doctor of Osteopathic Medicine class of 2026.
Year over year, PCOM South Georgia has made a concerted effort to recruit students
from rural areas. In the DO class of 2026, which began its academic year in August
2022, nearly 70 percent of students hail from the state of Georgia with counties such
as Colquitt, Lowndes, Lee and Lanier being heavily represented.
This year, 32 percent of incoming students come from medically underserved areas and
health professional shortage areas—geographic areas or populations that have a shortage
of primary, dental or mental health care providers.
Many students who now call PCOM South Georgia home come from disadvantaged backgrounds.
Over half of the students in the DO class of 2026 received the Pell Grant in their
undergraduate studies, and 25 percent of the class come from families who have received
public assistance, thus increasing the students’ understanding of the needs in rural
PCOM South Georgia leaders are passionate about diversity, equity and inclusion for its campus community and medical field. Research proves that students who train
at diverse medical schools are more comfortable treating patients from backgrounds
other than their own. An integral part of the College’s 2025 Strategic Plan, PCOM South Georgia seeks to attract and retain a student body that represents and
reflects a diverse world.
As such, the DO class of 2026 seats three times the national average of Black students
at thirty-five percent, three times the national average of students who are underrepresented
in medicine at 32 percent and nearly double the national average of first-generation
college students at 22 percent.
“Having a diverse student body that reflects our region’s patient population is something
we continuously work hard to achieve, and it’s something we’re extremely proud of,”
said Dean and Chief Academic Officer, H. William Craver III, DO ‘87, FACOS.
Students who are underrepresented in medicine are defined as those who come from disadvantaged
backgrounds or those in racial and ethnic populations who are underrepresented in
the medical profession relative to their numbers in the general population. This includes
students who are African Americans and/or Black, Hispanic/Latino, Native American
(American Indians, Alaska Natives, and Native Hawaiians), Pacific Islander, and mainland
Puerto Rican. First-generation students are defined as having parents who did not
complete a four-year college or university degree.
PCOM South Georgia accepts students on a rolling basis, meaning students are continually
accepted from the first day of interviews until the first week of class. The interview
season starts in September and lasts through March. Learn more about the admissions
process by visiting www.pcom.edu/admissions.
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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
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Office: 229-668-3198 | Cell: 229-873-2003
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