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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 the following partners:


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 Lana Brand, Preceptor Coordinator.

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