Pathway to Med School

In 2004, SOWEGA-AHEC, in collaboration with Albany Area Primary Health Care, Inc. (a Federally Qualified Health Center) and the Southwest Georgia Family Medicine Residency developed the Pathway to Med School Program. The Pathway to Med School program specifically targets Georgia pre-med college students who plan to pursue a medical career in primary care. The goal of the Pathway to Med School Program is to not only foster an early interest in primary care medicine, but also encourage participants to return to southwest Georgia and other rural areas as providers. Therefore, the program strives to address southwest Georgia's designation as a medically underserved area.

The four-week long program consists of shadowing primary care physicians, working on practice-based community research projects, and attending seminars. Of the 160-hour structured residential experience, 50% is clinical shadowing and 50% is research. The Pathway program also includes learning opportunities that are designed to enhance the participants' ability to gain admission into medical school: round-table discussions, assistance with personal statements, MCAT preparation, mock interviews, and lunch with the Deans of Admissions from the five Georgia medical schools. Preference is given to students from rural counties, especially those from southwest Georgia.

Applicants to the program must:

  1. Be at least a rising college sophomore working on a pre-med curriculum in a Georgia college
  2. Have a minimum overall 3.0 GPA and a 3.0 GPA in science/math courses
  3. Be a legal Georgia resident and U.S. citizen
  4. Have reliable transportation during the 4-week program

Interested students should complete the online application and essay and submit a copy of their official transcripts. The application period is from January 1 - March 1 each year with successful candidates being notified of acceptance in early April.

2004 – 2014 Historical Facts

Number of Pathway applicants: 508
Number of students accepted to Pathway program: 96
Number of participants who have completed med school application process: 68
Number who have been accepted to med school: 56

Of the past 12 classes of Pathway graduates, 87% who have applied to and heard from medical school have gained admittance.