Dr. Winston Price, Vice Chief of Staff from Memorial Hospital and Manor shared his “Advice for Students as Medical Careers are Pursued” in his address at their Closing Ceremony on August 4th at the Phoebe Health Conference Center in Albany Georgia. The program included the graduation of college 10 students who completed the Pathway to Med School program sponsored by SOWEGA. In his remarks Dr. Price challenged the students to “Perform, Inspire and Excel in everything that they strive to do” He asked them as future physicians to “not just accept the status quo but to take what is best in healthcare and make it better”.

Students had the opportunity to present their Research Projects to their family, friends, and distinguished guests at the ceremony. They will also go on to compete at the Annual Scientific Assembly of the GAFP in Atlanta in November.

Dr. Price stated that these bright students represent some of the future leaders in healthcare for SW Georgia in particular and for the nation in general. Among the graduates was the son of MHM Pharmacy Director, Ellen King. She was a “very proud mother” noted Dr. Price.

Also in attendance was the Honorable Mayor of Albany, Georgia, Dorothy Hubbard.

(L->R Legend) Pathway to Med School Class of 2017 with Dr. Winston Price
Ellen King’s (MHM Pharmacist) son, Russell King, is the 3rd from the left.

Students to Health Careers
Health Professionals to Communities
Communities to Better Health

The Southwest Georgia Area Health Education Center (SOWEGA-AHEC) is a community-driven, nonprofit organization whose goal is to improve access to healthcare by improving the number and distribution of healthcare providers in 38 counties in southwest Georgia. Our long-range goals are to cultivate a workforce that closely matches the state’s population in diversity, to assure that each community has enough practitioners in the right disciplines, particularly primary care, and ultimately improve access to healthcare.