GA-PCOM Chief Campus Officer Bryan Ginn speaks at a ribbon-cutting ceremony for the Georgia Chamber of Commerce regional office in Tifton.
On Monday, May 15, Georgia Campus – Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine (GA-PCOM) Chief Campus Officer Bryan Ginn spoke to a gathering of approximately 200 people at the ribbon-cutting ceremony and reception for the Georgia Chamber of Commerce regional office recently opened in Tifton, Georgia. A transcript of Ginn’s remarks regarding PCOM’s intent to invest in South Georgia, pending accreditation approval, follows:
“As one with South Georgia roots, I am proud to represent Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine in sponsoring this historic ribbon-cutting today. PCOM, with campuses in Philadelphia and Suwanee, Georgia, is a private, not-for-profit institution of higher education founded in 1899 and focused on education in medicine, health and behavioral sciences. Like the Georgia Chamber, we view the South Georgia region as economically diverse with a bright future, culturally rich in its wide range of people and talent, and laser-focused on ensuring access to high-quality health care.
“Today, through our Suwanee campus, PCOM is proud to partner with multiple health systems and health providers in extending medical and health sciences education to this region and, we believe the time is right to do more.
“Last Friday, PCOM officials filed an application to the Commission on Osteopathic College Accreditation for approval to open a four-year teaching site in South Georgia. We believe this action will create opportunities for Georgia residents and, ultimately, improve the health of our fellow Georgians.
“Pending accreditation approval, PCOM intends to locate a state-of-the-art medical campus in Moultrie, and is working to partner with colleges in South Georgia to recruit outstanding graduates and with health systems in the region to train our medical students who will potentially remain in the area to practice medicine. These students will pursue a four-year program of study in osteopathic medicine in order to become fully licensed to practice medicine.
“PCOM is proud to be a partner as we all seek to improve health, and we salute the
Georgia Chamber for its bold move in establishing a permanent presence in South Georgia—an
action PCOM intends to take in the days, weeks and months to come subject to our accreditors’
Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine is extending its commitment to the Southeast by establishing PCOM South Georgia, a private, not-for-profit, four-year additional location in Moultrie, Georgia. PCOM South Georgia will focus on educating physicians for the South Georgia region and joins PCOM Georgia in Suwanee in helping to meet the healthcare needs of the state. The developing school has received initial accreditation from the American Osteopathic Association’s Commission on Osteopathic College Accreditation. With a planned opening date of August 2019, PCOM South Georgia will offer the doctor of osteopathic medicine (DO) degree to 55 initial medical students. For more information, visit pcom.edu or call 229-798-4710.
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