Program introduces students to medical schools

A panel was held to assist potential medical students with the application process and local medical schools

A local group of medical students helped arrange an event to help acclimate potential students to local medical schools.

Students from the Pathways program held a panel called "What's up Doc?" Those thinking of joining the medical profession had an opportunity to speak with deans of admissions from Georgia medical schools, including Emory University School of Medicine, Georgia Health Sciences University, Mercer University School of Medicine, Morehouse School of Medicine and Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine Georgia Campus.

Those in the medical field say there's a shortage of doctors and nurses, and they hope introducing potential students to the schools helps fill the void.

"The students here are from Southwest Georgia and the hope is that they can go to medical school and come back and practice in Southwest Georgia since that's where they have family, friends and ties," says Pathways Student Luke Couch.

If you want more information about becoming a member of Pathways, visit the website for Southwest Georgia Area Health Education Center.