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One of nation's youngest doctors graduates in Suwanee

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.

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."

Comments

Gundoctor1 11 months ago

Are they considering an Osteopath a doctor, or a truly super chiropractor? If so, why does it read D.O. or DO. and not M.D. just a question!! I'll tell you what, look it up on Google and you decide. I did.

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Karl 11 months ago

If you Googled it, you didn't comprehend what you read. A doctor of osteopathy is a physician and doesn't have anything to do with a chiropractor.

From Wiki: "Doctor of Osteopathic Medicine (D.O. or DO) is a professional doctoral degree for physicians offered by medical schools in the United States. Holders of the D.O. degree are known as osteopathic physicians and have the same rights, privileges, and responsibilities as physicians with a Doctor of Medicine degree (M.D.).[1] D.O. physicians are licensed to practice the full scope of medicine and surgery in all 50 states, and make up 7 percent of the total U.S. physician population. There are over 77,784 D.O. physicians in the United States, of which 69,429 are in active practice.[2]"

Why is that so hard to understand?

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Why_not 10 months, 4 weeks ago

I thought everyone knew what a D.O. was. They are practicing everywhere and have been for years.

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