Teaching Students How to Learn Faculty Focus on George Fredrick, MD
August 13, 2020
Dr. Fredrick joined PCOM South Georgia in 2019 and teaches primary care skills to
medical students. All photos were taken prior to March 2020.
There’s one sentence that keeps George Fredrick, MD, teaching: “I will respect the hard-won scientific gains of those physicians in whose
steps I walk, and gladly share such knowledge as is mine with those who are to follow.”
These words are from the Hippocratic Oath, an oath he took nearly 40 years ago that
he upholds today in his position at PCOM South Georgia. Coming from a past career of solo practice and residency program director positions,
Dr. Fredrick joined the College in 2019 as the primary care skills site director.
“I thought it would be interesting to start from a blank slate,” he said of the decision
to join PCOM South Georgia. “Dr. Craver [Dean/Chief Academic Officer of PCOM South
Georgia] showed me the blueprints of the building during one of my interviews, and
it hit me: This was going to be a real medical school right here in Moultrie. I always
want to continue learning and educating, and I’m able to do that here.”
With a background in medical practice and education as well, Dr. Craver knows first-hand
the depth of knowledge that Dr. Fredrick brings to the students of PCOM South Georgia.
“Dr. Fredrick is such an asset to our College,” he said. “His years of experience
in teaching residents has translated well to our first and second-year students, and
he steadily continues to build their education.”
As site director of PCS, Dr. Fredrick teaches first and second-year Doctor of Osteopathic Medicine (DO) students primary care skills such as gathering a patient’s history and performing
a physical examination.
“I can give them real life experience of what I’ve learned and what works from a personal
standpoint,” he said. “That’s really how you learn medicine: You choose what works
best for you. I teach the students to develop routines and internal checklists each
time they see a patient because once you skip over something, that’s when you start
Throughout his medical career, Dr. Fredrick has been teaching. Whether it’s teaching
a patient, colleague, nursing staff, resident or student, he said it’s his duty as
“When I taught residents, they had years of medical knowledge under their belt. Now
that I’m teaching medical students, I’ve had to start at the lowest level of medical
education. It’s been fun,” Dr. Fredrick said. “Students won’t be prepared for everything.
They can’t learn everything, but I can teach them how to learn, which is what they
will do for the rest of their lives.
Dr. Fredrick was born and raised in Louisville, Kentucky. After completing his family
medicine residency, he opened a solo family medicine practice in Cynthiana, Kentucky.
After four years of practice, he accepted a faculty position in the family medicine
residency program at United Hospital Center in Clarksburg, West Virginia. After three
years, he was promoted to director of the residency program where he served for nine
Dr. Fredrick returned to private practice in Bridgeport, West Virginia and, five years
later, was offered and accepted a faculty position in the family medicine residency
program at West Virginia University, Morgantown, West Virginia and was promoted to
residency program director after one year. He received the Department of Family Medicine
Faculty Award for Excellence in Student Teaching for 2006-2007.
He was recruited by Phoebe Putney Memorial Hospital in Albany, Georgia, to take the
position of director of the family medicine residency program in 2008. Dr. Fredrick
was recognized as Residency Teacher of the Year at Southwest Georgia Family Medicine
Residency in 2012. In 2019, he accepted a position as primary care skills site director
at PCOM South Georgia.
A new resident of Moultrie, Dr. Fredrick and his wife, Mary Ann, have four sons, four
daughters-in-law, five grandsons and their first granddaughter due in February 2021.
In his free time, he enjoys spending time outdoors, camping, hiking and backpacking.
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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