During September, which is the American Medical Association's Women in Medicine month,
PCOM recognizes our female physicians who serve as faculty members and role models
for our students across all three of our campuses in Philadelphia, Suwanee and Moultrie.
Each campus has selected a representative "Woman in Medicine" to feature in a web
story, however we honor and celebrate all of our female physicians and student doctors
and their commitment to advancing equity and creating change.
Dr. Petree is an assistant professor of neuromusculoskeletal and osteopathic manipulative medicine (OMM) and serves as the OMM site director at PCOM South Georgia. She grew up in Florida and obtained a Bachelor of Science in Molecular Biology and
Microbiology from the University of Central Florida. Dr. Petree graduated from PCOM
Georgia in Suwanee in 2013 with honors. Prior to graduation, she served as one of
the inaugural Osteopathic Undergraduate Teaching Scholars.
After graduation, Dr. Petree completed a traditional osteopathic internship at E.
W. Sparrow Hospital in Lansing, Michigan in 2014, then continued onto residency in
neuromusculoskeletal medicine and osteopathic manipulative medicine at the Michigan
State University College of Osteopathic Medicine. During her senior year, she served
as chief resident, was the Student American Academy of Osteopathy liaison for the
Post American Academy of Osteopathy and was awarded the American Academy of Osteopathy
Resident of the Year in 2016. Dr. Petree has published articles in the Journal of
the American Osteopathic Association, American Academy of Osteopathy Journal and the
International Journal of Osteopathic Medicine.
Who/what encouraged you to pursue a career in medicine?
I was one of those stories you hear about where I have always wanted to be a doctor.
I had a Fisher Price doctor’s bag and would watch how my doctor used all the equipment.
Then I would come home and try to use it on my patients—my grandparents. My dream
was further reinforced when I experienced a mysterious illness when I was 12 years
old. I developed horrible headaches, seizures and lost my vision. After multiple medical
visits and a number of medical tests, I landed at a pediatric neurology office. The
doctor listened to my story and diagnosed me right away with meningitis. Treatment
began, and so did my recovery. I had seen so many physicians, but he was the first
to listen and take the time to sit with us and figure out the answer. I wanted to
be that doctor for someone, and that’s when I truly decided to pursue a career in
Why is it important for women to be in medicine?
I think it is important for patients to have access to a physician they can relate
to. Patients have to be comfortable enough to tell you everything—and I mean everything—about
their lives. Every patient comes with their own life experiences, and they may be
more comfortable with a male physician or a female physician. Maybe they would prefer
a physician with the same religion or cultural background as them. It is important
to have diversity in medicine because it will allow patients to receive the best care.
What advice would you give to a young female who is interested in becoming a physician?
You can do it! There are so many considerations that go into choosing a career in
medicine: How will I afford it? Will I be able to have a family? Is it worth all of
the hard work?
If it is really your dream, you will find a way. There are loans and financial aid
programs to assist you. You can in fact have a family. And it is 100 percent worth
it. I always tell everyone that they have to have an open mind and be willing to compromise.
You can have a family, but it may be on a different time table than you had planned.
Finding work-life balance is a continuous struggle, but it is possible and there is
a huge network around you to help you.
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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