Department of Family and Preventive Medicine

One-of-a-Kind Experience in Community-Centered Care

Students in their clinical year of the School of Medicine’s PA program work at the outdoor clinics on farms around Valdosta and Bainbridge in southern Georgia for 1-2 weeks in the summer and again for a weekend in the fall. 

It’s a time of invaluable learning and service that deeply affects everyone involved and honors the PA mission to provide quality, accessible, cost-effective care that meets patients where they are, in this case, both figuratively and literally.

Farmworker team

Working Together to Serve a Community in Need

The PA program comes together with several other university healthcare programs in the area to provide service to South Georgia’s migrant workers. Produce pickers and packers typically receive low pay, live in barracks or makeshift seasonal housing, and have limited access to medical, dental, and prenatal care. 

Award Winning Service

The Emory Farmworker Project has received local and national recognition for its innovative and culturally appropriate approach to delivering medical care.

  • 2010 winner of the American Academy of Physician Assistants Host City Prevention Campaign Award
  • 2003 finalist for the Jimmy and Rosalyn Carter Partnership Award
Corn Farmworkers
Georgia Farmworker Project corn delivery