PCOM South Georgia Student Physicians Attend Cancer Research ConferenceNovember 16, 2023
Two student doctors from PCOM South Georgia in Moultrie attended the ECOG-ACRIN Cancer Research Fall Group Meeting held in late
October in Washington, DC. There the students learned about some of the latest research being conducted in the areas of cancer prevention, imaging, diagnosis and treatment.
PCOM South Georgia student physicians Jordan Howard (DO ’26) and Shahrzad Zamani (DO ’25) attended the meeting.
The ECOG-ACRIN (Eastern Cooperative Oncology Group-American College of Radiology Imaging
Network) Cancer Research Group is a network of nearly 1,300 academic and community-based
cancer centers and hospitals in the United States and around the world. The Group
designs and conducts biomarker-driven research involving adults who have or are at
risk of developing cancer. The purpose of the Group’s semi-annual meetings is to share
the latest research, provide a forum for academic inquiry, host education sessions
on the clinical process and offer education workshops for research professionals.
“The ECOG-ACRIN Cancer Research Fall Group meeting was a phenomenal experience,” Howard
said. “This was an opportunity for oncologists and researchers throughout the nation
to gather in one place to share ideas and efforts to find a cure for cancer, and improve
and implement strategies for early detection to promote good prognoses…During this
group meeting I had the opportunity to be a part of a health equity plenary in which
we discussed the significance of increasing diversity in clinical trials for cancer
research, social genomics and onco-fertility.”
Zamani said, “The conference focused on health equity and was a gathering of healthcare
professionals, researchers and advocates. It addressed a wide range of topics, including
healthcare disparities, access to quality care and strategies for achieving health
equity. Throughout the conference, I gained insights into the significant challenges
and disparities that exist in our healthcare system.”
Different aspects of the group meeting interested the student doctors. Zamani was
alarmed by the inequalities in health care.
“One key takeaway from the conference was the stark reality of health disparities
across different demographics, particularly in underserved communities,” she said.
“I learned about various initiatives and research projects aimed at reducing these
disparities. I was particularly surprised to discover the extent of racial and socioeconomic
disparities in health care outcomes and how systemic factors contribute to these issues.”
Howard was intrigued by a new medical school course focusing on the concept of human
flourishing that was discussed during a conference session.
“The most interesting aspect of this conference was the opportunity to attend the
cancer outcomes and survivorship session,” he said. “I was intrigued by the course
set to be initiated at Georgetown School of Medicine regarding human flourishing.
This was interesting because often I don’t think life and self-care are factored into
medical school and the medical profession because we are constantly at work, studying, working long
hours, and taught to put the needs of others before our own. I would love to implement
something like this, not only at PCOM South Georgia but into my own practice.”
Zamani and Howard both received the Edith Peterson Mitchell Health Equity Travel Scholarship,
which funded their participation in the ECOG-ACRIN Group Meeting.
“This scholarship provides a valuable opportunity to engage with experts, gain new
perspectives, and contribute to the ongoing effort to address health disparities,”
Zamani said. “Attending conferences like the one I experienced can broaden one's horizons,
foster networking and inspire meaningful action in the field of health equity. The
scholarship could be a valuable resource for those committed to making a positive
impact in healthcare and reducing health disparities.”
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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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