PCOM South Georgia Welcomes Students with Luncheon
July 26, 2019
The event marks the first time that students, faculty and staff members have come
together at the new location in Moultrie.
Christian Edwards was born and raised in Moultrie, Georgia. A graduate of Abraham Baldwin Agricultural College (ABAC), he is married and his
wife has a business in town.
“We are very invested in the community,” he said. “It’s really exciting that you can
become a physician without leaving Moultrie.”
Edwards is one of the members of the PCOM South Georgia inaugural class of 55 doctor of osteopathic medicine students who attended a welcome luncheon, hosted by the Office of Admissions, last week. It was the first time that students, faculty and staff members have come
together at the new campus. Formal orientation will take place the week of August
“We chose you and you chose us,” Chief Academic Officer Michael J. Sampson, DO, FAOASM,
“And you will soon find out that as the inaugural class, you are rock stars in South
Georgia,” he said. Dana Brooks, assistant director of admissions for PCOM South Georgia,
led students through icebreaker activities prior to touring them through the facility.
“Being able to go to medical school in my home town has blown me away,” said Xavia
Taylor, a Fort Valley State University 2018 graduate who majored in biotechnology.
Currently working in Human Resources at Colquitt Regional Medical Center, she said
she has wanted to become a physician since childhood. “My favorite dress-up clothes
were scrubs,” she said.
“I’m supposed to be here,” she believes. “The year I wanted to go to medical school,
my hometown gets one.” She wants to make sure the transition to Moultrie is comfortable
for her fellow students and plans to be a liaison between her classmates and the community.
“I want them to feel at home,” she said.
“You were selected to be members of this class from an applicant pool of 3,158,” said
Deborah Benvenger, PCOM’s chief admissions officer. “I encourage you to embrace this
phenomenal journey and enjoy it.”
Addressing the students from hometowns like Albany, Valdosta, Jasper and Macon, Justina
Mason, Assistant Director of Student Affairs, said, “This is your campus, your home.”
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.
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