Pathway to Med School Program Physician Volunteers
What is the Pathway to Med School program?
The Pathway to Med School (PTMS) program is a 4-week, residential program that targets undergraduate pre-medical students attending Georgia institutions who are interested in pursuing generalist physician practice in family medicine, internal medicine, pediatrics, and/or 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 3 areas:
45% clinical shadowing of local physicians
40% collaborating on practice-based community research projects
15% attending instructional sessions
All experiences occur in Foothills AHEC's 31-county service area.
Who is involved with the PTMS program?
Foothills AHEC has initiated the 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.
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.
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 email Missy Lochstampfor, our Special Projects Coordinator.