NGMC Celebrates Pathway to Med School Graduates

Published: Thursday, July 14, 2022

Northeast Georgia Medical Center (NGMC) continues to do all it can to help address a shortage of primary care providers across the state, as eight young students recently graduated from the Pathway to Med School program.

The Pathway to Med School program is a 4-week, residential program for undergraduate pre-medical students who attend Georgia institutions and intend on staying in the state to practice primary care. The program consists of 180 hours of clinical shadowing across the region, plus community-based research and instructional sessions. A total of 64 students have graduated from the program since it started in 2015.

This year’s class includes:

  • Sarah Fix, Georgia College & State University
  • Benjamin Lemon, University of Georgia
  • Sarah Monteiro, Mercer University
  • Nhat Nguyen, University of Georgia
  • Hannah Nobles, Georgia College & State University
  • Emily Pearson, University of Georgia
  • Margaret Racine, University of Georgia
  • Emily Steele, Georgia Southern University

“This program would not be possible if not for 18 current primary care providers and other clinicians giving more than 600 hours of their time to help these graduates get hands-on experience,” said Missy Lochstampfor, Director of Foothills Area Health Education Center (AHEC) – the organization that coordinates the Pathway to Med School program. “Every year I am encouraged to see our primary care providers and students working together for the good of our region. I wish all of our students the best and look forward to watching them succeed in their careers.

There are currently 11 counties in the state without a family medicine physician, 37 counties without an internal medicine physician, 63 counties without a pediatrician physician and 75 counties without an OB/GYN physician. The Pathway to Med School program supports students interested in pursuing careers that will meet those needs.

For more information about the Foothills AHEC Pathway to Med School program, visit

About Northeast Georgia Health System

Northeast Georgia Health System (NGHS) is a non-profit on a mission of improving the health of our community in all we do. Our team cares for more than 1 million people across the region through four hospitals and a variety of outpatient locations. Northeast Georgia Medical Center (NGMC) has campuses in Gainesville, Braselton, Winder and Dahlonega – with a total of more than 700 beds and more than 1,100 medical staff members representing more than 60 specialties. Learn more at