Special Photo At age 22, Serennah Harding is one of the youngest doctors in the United States, according to officials with Georgia Campus o Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine. In this photo, she is being "hooded" by William Craver III, dean and chief academic officer osteopathic medical program.
SUWANEE -- At age 22, Serennah Harding is one of the youngest doctors in the United States, according to officials with Georgia Campus -- Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine.
When asked about it, Harding gives a friendly laugh. "It was a title I didn't realize I was contending for," she said. "But I guess that's how it worked out."
She graduated last weekend from GA -- PCOM in Suwanee, and next she begins her residency at Walter Reed Army Medical Center in Bethesda, Md.
During last weekend's ceremony, she received the Dean's Award, which is given to a member of the graduating class deemed worthy of special citation due to personal and professional conduct and by contributions to student affairs" and GA-PCOM.
Harding received her bachelors degree in biology from Huntingdon College in Montgomery, Ala., in 2008 at the age of 17.
In Harding's own words, she "grew up all over the place." As a child of a military parent, she was born in Kansas, but lived in California and Alabama before moving to Georgia to attend GA--PCOM.
Harding was one of 10 doctor of osteopathic medicine graduates to be pinned in the U.S. military following the commencement ceremonies, which took place on May 19 at the Gwinnett Center in Duluth.
A total of six new doctors of osteopathic medicine were pinned as lieutenants in the U.S. Navy, while three were pinned as captains in the U.S. Army and one pinned as a captain in the U.S. Air Force. Harding joined the U.S. Navy while studying at GA PCOM at the age of 18, obtaining a waiver since the age of commission is set at 19.
She was one of 81 graduating doctors of osteopathic medicine from GA - PCOM,
In addition to the 81 doctoral degrees in osteopathic medicine, 37 master's degrees in biomedical sciences and six master's degrees in organizational development and leadership were awarded on May 19.
Harding said her time at the college was "a wonderful experience ... (the career ahead)is an honor and a tremendous amount of responsibility, and I will give my best to the profession."