By: Staff Reports | Gwinnett Citizen

Gwinnett Medical Center Explorers Explore Congestive Heart Disease at GA-PCOM

Thirty-one Gwinnett high school juniors and seniors, members of Medical Explorer Post 540 sponsored by Gwinnett Medical Center, visited Georgia Campus – Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine (GA-PCOM) recently to learn what it's like to be a medical student.

The students explored various components of diagnosing congestive heart disease thanks to the efforts of GA-PCOM faculty and staff members. GA-PCOM Student Ambassadors escorted the students and answered questions about medical school from a student’s perspective. One of the ambassadors, Tatianna Rodriguez, a graduate of Georgia Gwinnett College and a member of the GA-PCOM class of 2018, was part of the medical center’s explorer program while in high school.  

Medical Explorer Kush Patel uses a stethoscope to listen to leader Vicki Winkles' heart.
Medical Explorer Kush Patel uses a stethoscope to listen to leader Vicki Winkles' heart.

The Medical Explorer program, a program of the Boy Scouts of America, is geared toward high school juniors and seniors interested in health care. The students meet one evening a month during the academic school year. Program members learn about a variety of health care careers and participate in hands-on activities.  The Gwinnett Medical Center program runs October through May. To be considered for the program, students must be sponsored by a health system employee, volunteer or an affiliated physician.  Application packets will be available on the health system’s website in late August.

About GA-PCOM
Georgia Campus – Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine is a private, not-for-profit branch campus of the fully accredited Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine, a multi-program institution with a 115 year tradition of educational excellence. GA-PCOM offers the doctor of osteopathic medicine degree, the doctor of pharmacy degree and a master’s degree in biomedical sciences. The campus includes the Georgia Osteopathic Care Center, an osteopathic manipulative medicine clinic, which is open to the public by appointment. For more information, visit www.pcom.edu or call 678-225-7500.