Pathway to Med School

Physician Volunteers

Foothills AHEC has initiated the Pathway to Med School (PTMS) Program in collaboration with Augusta University/University of Georgia Medical Partnership, Gwinnett Medical Center's Family Medicine and Internal Medicine Residency Programs, The Longstreet Clinic, Northeast Georgia Physicians Group, Piedmont Athens Regional Physician Group, Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine's Georgia Campus, and St. Mary's Hospital's Internal Medicine Residency Program.


The four-week, residential program is modeled after Southwest Georgia AHEC's successful Pathway to Med School Program and targets undergraduate pre-medical students attending Georgia institutions who are interested in pursuing generalist physician practice in family medicine, internal medicine, pediatrics, and women's health. Program goals include:


  • Creating experiences that increase the likelihood of acceptance to medical school

  • Providing early exposure to primary care practice

  • Encouraging students to return to northeast Georgia to practice medicine


The structured 180-hour program is broken up into three areas:


  • 45% clinical shadowing of local physicians

  • 40% collaborating on practice-based community research projects

  • 15% attending instructional sessions



Volunteer Physicians Needed


Volunteer physicians are needed to support the clinical shadowing and research components. Keep in mind that PTMS participants do not have medical training--therefore any commitments made to serve for the program are much less rigorous than accepting a medical student or resident. For more information about expectations of volunteer physicians please view the notes for each component by clicking the boxes to the left.


All experiences take place in Foothills AHEC's 31-county service area. For more information about the program, eligibility criteria, and application process, please visit the Pathway to Med School page.


For more information about volunteering please contact our Special Projects Coordinator.


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