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Pathway to Medical School & Primary Care

What is primary care?

Primary care describes medical specialties that serve as the front lines of healthcare. Primary care physicians complete broad training and provide day-to-day care for patients across their lifespan.

What specialties are included in primary care practice?
  • Family Medicine

  • Internal Medicine

  • Pediatric Medicine

  • Women's Health (OB/GYN)

Why does Pathway to Med School focus on primary care?

Georgia is facing a shortage of primary care physicians, especially in rural and underserved areas. The Pathway to Med School (PTMS) program supports students interested in pursuing careers that will meet these needs. Take a look at the incentives provided for Georgia primary care physicians by the Georgia Board of Health Care Workforce and the National Health Service Corps.

How does the focus on primary care benefit participants?

The PTMS program provides early exposure to primary care and community medicine, establishes a network of medical students and physicians to support students as advisors and future colleagues, and encourages students to return to northeast Georgia for clinical rotations, residency training, and physician practice. The opportunities offered through the program strengthen students' applications to medical school, increasing their likelihood of acceptance.

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