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Brenau, PCOM announce joint degree program

Photo by Michael Buckelew

Photo by Michael Buckelew

SUWANEE -- The Georgia campus of the Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine and Brenau University announced Monday a joint program for medical students interested in building a repertoire of business skills.

The joint Doctor of Osteopathic Medicine/Master's of Business Administration in health care management program will be open to first-year medical students at PCOM's campus in Suwanee. The program will begin in the spring.

"After three years at the Georgia campus, students can have the first two years of medical school done and have the credentials of an MBA," said Robert Cuzzolino, PCOM's vice president of graduate programs and academic planning.

Students who enroll in the program will take a decelerated medical course sequence during the day and attend MBA classes in the evening. For the convenience of students, the Brenau courses will be held at PCOM's Suwanee campus or online.

Jim Whitlock, the director of Brenau's MBA in health care management, said the degree will make the medical students better managers.

"It's not a letter behind your name that's going to make a difference," Whitlock told students who attended an informational session about the program. "... What really makes a difference is that skill set."