Medical College of Georgia
|Medical College of Georgia|
|Dean||Peter F. Buckley|
|Location||Augusta, Georgia, USA|
The Medical College of Georgia (often referred to as MCG) is the oldest and founding school of Georgia Regents University and the only public medical school in the U.S. state of Georgia. Having been established in 1828 as the Medical Academy of Georgia, MCG is the third-oldest medical school in the Southeast. With 22 departments and sections, it offers both a Doctor of Medicine (M.D.) as well as an MD/PhD degree. Clinical training is offered at more than 135 sites across Georgia to host students for their internships, residencies, and fellowships.
MCG was founded in 1828 as the Medical Academy of Georgia by the Medical Society of Augusta to address a need to train new physicians. Its first seven students enrolled in a one-year course of lectures and clinical training hosted in the Old Medical College building, leading to the bachelor of medicine degree. The next year, the governor signed a legislative act altering the charter of 1828 by expanding the curriculum to two years, culminating in a doctor of medicine degree, and changing the name to the Medical Institute of Georgia.
The school changed its name in 1833 to its current name, and for the next 80 years continued to operate with an emphasis on research and training physicians.
Many discoveries were made by faculty, including the first hysterectomy performed in the United States and the first documented case of sickle cell disease.
In 2011, the University System of Georgia Board of Regents officially changed the name from the Medical College of Georgia to Georgia Health Sciences University, to reflect the university having "more than just a medical school" as President Ricardo Azziz stated to the Augusta Chronicle.
The main campus resides in Augusta, Georgia on the Health Sciences campus of Georgia Regents University. All first- and second-year students attend classes at either the Augusta main campus or the Athens branch campus.
In a student's third and fourth years, they can choose to study at a satellite campus for their clinicals. MCG has four satellite campuses:
The Southwest campus in Albany, was the first residential campus opened in 2009. It marked the school's first efforts to increase the number of physicians produced in the state of Georgia, a problem the university had vowed to address.
The Southeast campus, in Savannah and Brunswick, opened in 2011 with seven third-year students beginning rotations at two medical centers and hosts 30 students annually.
The Northeast campus is located in Rome, opening in the summer of 2013. Students work with the Harbin Clinic, Floyd Medical Center, and Redmond Regional Medical Center, with some classes and training provided on facilities provided by the centers.
The Athens campus is part of the GRU-UGA partnership and began first hosted students in 2010, aimed at growing the amount of physicians the state produces. Any student, from first- to fourth-year status, may take classes there.
White Coat ceremony
First-year medical students are given their white coats in an annual tradition to mark their first steps as a medical professional. The jacket is shorter than the long coats full-fledged doctors wear, to mark them as students until they earn their full degree.
As with many medical school around the country, Match Day marks the day fourth-year students are given the location of their residencies on the third Thursday of March. Students choose a theme to mark the occasion and dress up accordingly, and the day is filled with dancing, celebrating, and plenty of excitement as the next stage in students’ medical careers are revealed.
Every year, differences in medical specialties are highlighted by one question: “A surgeon, an internist and an obstetrician are aboard a simulated sinking ship. Their only escape is a one-person raft. Who should be the sole survivor?” The event also features a low-country boil and is directed towards second- and third-year students.
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