Med school admissions forum to be held Thursday

ALBANY, Ga. -- Those from Southwest Georgia interested in pursuing a career in medicine have an opportunity this week to learn what it takes to get into medical school.

The Southwest Georgia Area Health Education Center is hosting this year's Pathway to Med School Admission Forum at Darton State College from 2 p.m.-4 p.m. on Thursday.

The forum will be moderated by Jan Shiver, preceptor coordinator for SOWEGA-AHEC. The interactive forum will include admissions representatives from Emory University School of Medicine, Georgia Regents University Medical College of Georgia, Mercer University School of Medicine, Morehouse School of Medicine and the Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine Georgia Campus, information available from SOWEGA-AHEC shows.

During the event, prospective medical students will learn what it takes to get into medical school -- such as tips on how to improve their medical school applications -- and to meet admissions officials face-to-face and ask questions regarding what they would generally look for in a successful candidate.

Attendees will have an opportunity to take part either in person or online. Participation is free, but those attending in person are expected to register by Wednesday. Attendance at the physical location is being limited to the first 75 registrants.

Pre-registration is also required to attend via the Internet. For optimal viewing and participation, online attendees should have access to a personal computer with Macintosh or Windows with 512 megabytes of RAM; a broadband Internet connection such as an office LAN, DSL or cable modem; a phone next to a personal computer; computer speakers, and the latest version of Adobe Flash.

SOWEGA-AHEC, in collaboration with Albany Area Primary Health Care and the Southwest Georgia Family Medicine Residency program, developed the Pathway to Med School program in 2004 to help address the region's physician shortage. The program targets Georgia college students originally from Southwest Georgia who are enrolled in a pre-med curriculum and plan to attend medical school to pursue a career in primary care.

The four-week program consists of shadowing primary care physicians, working on practice-based community research projects and attending seminars. In the first eight classes of Pathway graduates, 82 percent who applied and heard from medical schools gained admittance, information from the SOWEGA-AHEC website says.

Darton, HealthTecDL and SOWEGA-AHEC are the sponsors for Thursday's event. For additional information and questions, call SOWEGA-AHEC at (229) 439-7185.