Dr. Thomas Turcotte is an ABAC alumnus who is a veterinarian at Harrodsburg (Ky.) Animal Hospital.
The path to becoming a doctor, dentist, lawyer,
veterinarian or pharmacist just took a sharp turn and leads right through the
center of Abraham Baldwin Agricultural College.
“Our faculty are committed to helping our students
while they’re enrolled at ABAC and beyond,” Dr. Matthew Anderson, Dean of the ABAC
School of Arts and Sciences, said. “We
work very hard at preparing our graduates for life after ABAC.”
For more and more of those students that life after
walking the graduation stage at ABAC points directly toward professional
schools in medicine, law, pharmacy, and many others.
Pedro Escobar from Tifton, pictured with his wife, Melissa, is a student at the Mercer University School of Medicine.
Recent ABAC graduates Pedro Escobar from Tifton and
Kyle Posey from Irwinville began attending the Mercer University School of
Medicine this fall. Escobar is receiving
the Nathan Deal Scholarship which covers his tuition.
“ABAC provided me with several opportunities,
friendships, and overall was a contributor and stepping-stone to my success,”
Posey was equally impressed with his ABAC preparation
for medical school, giving credit to all his professors and to his advisor, Dr.
“Many of my higher biological science classes helped
me get where I am today and helped with my understanding and studying for the
Medical School Admission Test,” Posey said.
Escobar and Posey both received their bachelor’s
degrees in biology from ABAC, and Escobar also received his associate degree in
“We are very successful in preparing students for
professional schools, graduate schools, and careers in science,” Dr. Joseph
Falcone, professor of chemistry and physics in the ABAC School of Arts and Sciences,
said. “ABAC is the place for a
high-quality education at a sound price.”
Dr. Tracy Nolan is an ABAC alumnus who is the first female general surgeon in the history of Tift Regional Medical Center.
Dr. Tracy Nolan, a 1997 ABAC alumnus and a Mercer
University Medical School graduate, would certainly agree with that. In 2015, she became the first female general
surgeon at Tift Regional Medical Center.
Nolan was the guest speaker at the 2018 ABAC fall commencement ceremony.
“I started college right here at ABAC,” Nolan told the
graduates. “You need to start climbing
the ladder of success. Every rung brings
you closer to being or doing what makes you, you. Develop connections. Let people know they can count on you. Be confident in your ability to get the job
done. Get out there! Not much was ever accomplished by sitting
Falcone said ABAC alumnus Kelly Delgado from Tifton is
also enrolled at the Mercer University School of Medicine. Jeremy Paradice from Moultrie and Abby Unger
from Douglas have both gained early admission to the Mercer University School
of Medicine, and Elias Moreno from Moultrie is a medical student at Kansas City
ABAC graduates Shelby McCoy Flowers from Moultrie,
Julia Patterson from Sylvester, and Christian Edwards from Moultrie are
enrolled in the new Moultrie campus of the Philadelphia College of Osteopathic
PCOM and ABAC recently announced an agreement which
allows students seeking careers as pharmacists to earn doctoral degrees a year
early at PCOM Georgia. The Suwanee
campus is the home of the PCOM School of Pharmacy.
Dr. Shawn Spencer, Dean of the PCOM School of
Pharmacy, said the agreement allows eligible students to enter the pharmacy
school after completing coursework through their junior year at ABAC. Students who meet the School of Pharmacy
requirements can matriculate into professional school before graduating from
ABAC and will have the opportunity to earn a combined BS-PharmD while at PCOM
Spencer explained that after completion of the second
year of pharmacy school, these students will be eligible to receive their
bachelor’s degree from ABAC, having earned the required credits during their
first two years at PCOM Georgia.
Students can begin their careers as pharmacists early and save tuition
dollars in the process.
“We continually strive to add value for our students,”
Spencer said. “We’re very pleased about
ABAC’s partnership with us and will continue to support Georgia residents
entering the region’s healthcare workforce.”
At ABAC, Anderson is always on the lookout for ways to
help students, and he sees the PCOM partnership as one of those avenues.
“We are very excited about this new venture with
PCOM,” Anderson said. “It is sure to be
of tremendous benefit to our students and the broader region. This agreement will allow students to
complete their combined bachelor and doctoral level education in a shorter time
frame, which will make this advanced training more accessible and prepare more
pharmacists to enter the workforce.”
ABAC graduate Sabrina Harris from Albany is taking the
pharmacy route and has been granted early admission to the South University
Many ABAC students have a love for animals, and a few
of them transfer that affection into a career in veterinary medicine. Dr. Thomas Turcotte is a former ABAC
Ambassador who attended the School of Veterinary Medicine at Auburn
University. A 2012 ABAC graduate, he is
now a veterinarian at Harrodsburg Animal Hospital in Harrodsburg, Ky.
ABAC graduate Michelle Moncrief from Donalsonville is
attending St. George’s University Veterinary Medicine program, and Morgan Russ
from Deland, Fla., is enrolled at the Ross University Veterinary School. Brooke Clark from Stockbridge is in
Harrogate, Tenn., at the Lincoln Memorial University Veterinary Medicine
Do you have a toothache? In a few years, you can turn that bad
bicuspid over to ABAC alumnus Jose Daniel Vargas from Moultrie who is enrolled
at Midwestern University College of Dental Medicine.
Dr. Joe Njoroge, Head of the ABAC Department of
History and Political Science, said that ABAC students are also headed to law
“We have been able to assist several students who are
going to very good law schools,” Njoroge said.
The list includes Alexus Holton from Griffin, Hannah
Green from Hiram, and Savannah Hartley from Glenwood, all attending the Mercer
University School of Law. ABAC History
and Government graduate Hannah Robinson from Statesboro is attending the
Michigan State University Law School, where she is receiving a scholarship which
covers most of her tuition.
Njoroge said Taylor Swindell from Live Oak, Fla., attends
the Faulkner University School of Law, and Mary Sirmans from Donalsonville is
going to law school at Liberty University.
Other ABAC graduates headed to professional schools
include Grant Hudson from Chula, a former vocalist in the Voices of ABAC, who
has gained early admission to the Palmer College of Chiropractic Medicine. Miranda Somers from Macon, another ABAC
bachelor’s degree in biology graduate, is enrolled at the South University
Physician’s Assistant program.
Megan Shannon from Dublin is pursuing a Doctor of
Physical Therapy program at Georgia Southern University, and Amanda Mohammed
from Snellville attends Emory University, which offers one of the top public
health programs in the nation. A rural
community development major at ABAC, Mohammed is aiming for a master’s degree
in public health.
Six other ABAC students laid the foundation for their
medical school careers this summer when they participated in the Southwest
Georgia Area Health Education Center (AHEC) Pathway to Medical School program.
Falcone said the students included Abby Unger from
Douglas, Tyler White from Douglas, Trey Doss from Tifton, Breanna Green from
Tifton, Kristi Guerrero from Moultrie, and Makayla Paulk from Willacoochee.
“It was a very selective program,” Falcone said. “Out of the 10 students admitted for the
entire program, six were from ABAC, three were from the University of Georgia,
and one was from Georgia Southwestern.”
AHEC’s Pathway to Medical School is a four-week
residential program which prepares students for medical school by offering them
clinical and research experiences, as well as networking opportunities, campus
tours, mock interviews, and more.
So the next time you go to your friendly neighborhood
doctor, lawyer, dentist, pharmacist, or veterinarian, ask them where they went
to college. ABAC alumni are everywhere.