PCOM medical students in South Georgia participate in research opportunities


Under the direction of Professors Shiv Dhiman, MD and Savita Arya, MD, students are working on various research projects in the PCOM Anatomy Lab in South Georgia. These projects involve the discovery and learning of cadaveric diseases such as Pick’s disease, atherosclerosis, bladder diverticulum, leukemia, and coronary artery bypass grafting (CAP) procedures.

Caption: PCOM South Georgia medical students participate in research opportunities alongside faculty members.

Pathological processes affect tissues in different ways, depending on the type of tissue, the disease itself and its course. Students participating in research projects have the opportunity to explore not only gross pathological findings in cadavers, but also to examine microscopic glass slides demonstrating normal histology, pathological processes, and a variety of diseases under a microscope.

Each research group consists of a small number of students who conduct research supervised by Drs. Dhiman and Arya. Mohammad Malik (DO ’24) is part of a group studying coronary bypass surgery. He said: “Research is a great way to contribute to the field of medicine. As a medical student, this allows you to learn about a subject in a different and more engaging way. We are very grateful for the mentorship of Drs. Arya and Dhiman as well as funding from PCOM South Georgia which made our research project possible.

PCOM’s anatomical histopathology research projects in South Georgia are conducted in collaboration with the laboratory at Colquitt Regional Hospital, where histological slides are prepared and stained.

“We aim to implement an integrated learning approach using cadavers to teach students about normal and morbid anatomy to enhance their knowledge and skills in macroscopic tissue identification and sample handling. tissue, ”said Dr. Arya. “Our goals are to educate students and advance understanding of the causes, developmental mechanisms, morphological and functional effects, and outcomes of disease states.”

The ongoing student research at PCOM South Georgia supports the College’s research mission, which is to promote health through basic, translational, clinical, behavioral, educational, and community-based research. Coaching students in methods of inquiry and research, evaluation and dissemination of information is part of this mission.

Although completion of research during medical school is not mandatory, it can increase preparation and competitiveness for postgraduate residency. The correlation between osteopathic medicine (DO) doctoral students and research publications is important for competitive residencies.

About PCOM South Georgia:
The Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine (PCOM) expanded its engagement in the Southeast by establishing PCOM South Georgia, an additional educational site in Moultrie, Georgia. PCOM South Georgia offers both a comprehensive four-year medical program leading to a Doctor of Osteopathic Medicine (DO) degree and a Master of Science in Biomedical Sciences. PCOM is a private, non-profit institution that trains professionals in the fields of health and behavioral sciences. Joining PCOM Georgia in Suwanee to help meet the health care needs of the state, PCOM South Georgia is focused on training physicians in the South Georgia region. The medical campus, which hosted its first cohort of medical students in August 2019, received accreditation from the American Osteopathic

Association Commission on the Accreditation of Osteopathic Colleges. For more information visit pcom.edu or call 229-668-3110.

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