MCG Athens expansion on schedule, Regents told

 

ATLANTA -- Development of the Medical College of Georgia's partnership with the University of Georgia is moving on schedule, Athens Campus Dean Barbara Schuster told members of the Board of Regents this morning.

"It's beginning to feel like a school," she said, noting that the staff meets as a staff and the faculty meets as a faculty and the curriculum is meshing together.

Thursday, the admissions committee assigned 12 students to the Athens campus from those who were granted acceptance to MCG. They will join 13 others who gained early admission and had requested to attend that campus. Plus, one student who was accepted for the prior year but delayed enrollment will also attend in Athens, bringing the class size to 26.

Chancellor Erroll Davis asked, "What is the risk of not having a full complement (of the 40 students expected)?"

"Zero," Schuster replied.

Enough students will be accepted to MCG to fill all of the expanded seats in Augusta as well as all the available classroom seats in Athens.

The admissions committee is assigning students to make sure both campuses have a similar balance of students by race, gender and academic qualifications, Schuster said. Diversity among the students helps them learn from each other on how to deal with future patients who are not like themselves, she said.

The regents are meeting all day today. Among items they are expected to approve in the afternoon are a contractor for the Medical Commons building on MCG's main campus in Augusta as well as renewal of the contract with MCG Health Inc. to operate the hospital and clinics there. MCG Health is a separate legal entity created in 2000 to maximize some savings that would not have been available had the school continued to run the facility.

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