Pathway to Med School

APPLICATION CLOSED                                                       2022 BROCHURE

SOWEGA-AHEC, in collaboration with Albany Area Primary Health Care (AAPHC) and Phoebe Family Medicine Residency Program, created the Pathway to Med School Program to address the critical need for primary care physicians in Southwest Georgia. Knowing that students from rural communities are more likely to return to a rural area to practice and understanding the need to increase the pipeline of rural students enrolled in Georgia medical schools, it was determined that students from the 38-county region needed to become more competitive in the application process.

To determine how to make the students more competitive, AHEC polled the admissions committees from each of the medical schools in Georgia to determine what beyond MCAT scores and GPA would increase their chances of being accepted. The overwhelming consensus was a much needed and significant structured clinical shadowing and medical research experience. The Albany based Pathway to Med School Program was structured accordingly as a 4-week residential experience to include 80 hours of clinical shadowing in a primary care setting and 75 hours of community-based research to include data collection, interpretation and presentation.

Southwest Georgia is a medically underserved area (MUA) and by supporting the efforts of local aspiring medical students at the pre-med academic level we can improve access to healthcare in our communities.

Eligibility Requirements

  • Be at least a college sophomore working on a pre-med curriculum in an accredited Georgia college or university.
  • Have a minimum overall GPA of 3.0.
  • Have a GPA of 3.0 or greater in qualifying science and math courses.
  • Be a U.S. citizen and legal resident of Georgia.
  • Submit an application that includes a  500–word essay entitled,  “Why I’m Interested in Serving Rural Populations as a Primary Care Physician.”
  • Have reliable transportation during the entire 4-week program.
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Program Components

160–hours of clinical, research and didactic experience for 10 participants include:

  • 50% devoted to clinical shadowing with primary care doctors in healthcare facilities with real patients;
  • 40% devoted to research where data collection, interpretation, and presentation is expected;
  • 10% devoted to seminars, a campus tour, the Admissions Forum and Mock Interviews.
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Program Dates: June 1 – July 1, 2022

  • February 28, 2022: Application deadline including receipt of official transcript
  • April 9, 2022: Notice of Acceptance
  • May 31, 2022: Students move into housing, if applicable
  • June 1, 2022: Ice Breaker Social Event
  • June 1, 2022: Orientation
  • TBD: Mock Interviews
  • TBD: Medical School Campus Tour
  • TBD: Annual Admissions Forum
  • July 1, 2022: Graduation & Move Out Day
  • October 2022: GAFP Spring Conclave
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More Information

What is Primary Care?
Primary Care is the delivery of healthcare from physicians who have a broad training of medical issues for treatment for populations across the entire human lifespan, from pre-conception to natural death of the elderly.  The Primary Care physician is the “first degree” access to medical care for the average person.  One could say that it operates on the “front lines” of the delivery of healthcare. The Primary Care approach to the delivery of medical services allows for the familiarity between a doctor and a patient to exist as a continuous basis.

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Application Information

The application is available on-line from the first week in January until the beginning of March each calendar year. Selected candidates will be notified within the first week of April. A total of 10 students are selected for participation.

Students who feel they meet the eligibility requirements outlined and are interested in what this program has to offer are invited to complete an ON-LINE APPLICATION and have an Official Transcript sent to or mailed to SOWEGA-AHEC | 1512 W 3rd Avenue | Albany, GA 31707 | Attn: Special Projects Coordinator.

The Pathway to Med School Program has existed in Georgia since 2004. Since then, 688 students have applied and 137 have been accepted into the program and have successfully completed the entire program. Of those, 92% have successfully applied to and have been accepted into medical school. This program yields results that are helping our community. You are invited to be a part of this dynamic adventure in delivering healthcare to people who really need your skills.

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