MCG Athens expansion on schedule, Regents told

Tuesday, Feb. 9, 2010 12:16 PM
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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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Chillen
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Chillen 02/09/10 - 01:28 pm
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This is just the beginning of

This is just the beginning of the end for the Augusta campus. If we could flash forward 15 years it would all be crystal clear.

themaninthemirror
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themaninthemirror 02/09/10 - 02:30 pm
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Let's ask Michael Adams, the

Let's ask Michael Adams, the president of UGA, about the University of Georgia- Augusta Campus. When will that be implemented. We already have the infrastructure in ASU, all we have to do is replace the name on the signs. What about it Mr. Adams?

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countyman 02/09/10 - 04:09 pm
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I think you need to ride past

I think you need to ride past the Medical District. There are two large cranes on the former Gilbert Manor Site. The cranes are building a $112 million Dental School. MCG just opened its new $31 million Cancer Center. MCG is also building a $112 million School of Medicine, $105 million Educational Commons, and $32 million Outpatient Center on the Gilbert Manor Site. MCG is constructing an 150 room student dorm off Laney Walker and Druid Park. The new student dorm will be next to Paine College's new $20 million Heal Facility. The Heal Facility will have a 5,000 seat arena. Making it the second biggest venue in the CSRA and moving the USCA convacation center to third place. The student dorms and the Heal Facility start this fall. The old student dorms off 15th street will be demolished after the new student housing opens in 2011. The acres of the old student dorms will be used for future MCG projects.

Chillen
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Chillen 02/09/10 - 04:39 pm
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Government waste, just wait &

Government waste, just wait & see. Athens will prevail. This campus will eventually be what Augusta State is to UGA. Small & less significant in comparison. I hope I'm wrong because it will be devastating for Augusta but if you were a medical student, would you rather go to school in Augusta or Athens? Lets see, huge school, rockin facilities, close to Atlanta, great bands, UGA......the choice for me would be a no brainer.

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Riverman1 02/09/10 - 05:16 pm
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MCG Augusta will continue to

MCG Augusta will continue to be the premier medical school in the state and Athens always a small school. Medical students will get a much better education in Augusta and they know it. They want to come here. The problem is going to be when fighting over funding begins. There's only so much money to go around. Look at MUSC and USC Medical School to see what happens 20 years down the road. MUSC underfunded and USC rated near the bottom of medical schools.

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Chillen 02/09/10 - 05:38 pm
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Not a good situation at all.

Not a good situation at all. I can't believe it couldn't have been stopped!

Roycliff
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Roycliff 02/09/10 - 05:58 pm
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USC rated near the bottom of

USC rated near the bottom of medical schools. According to what source? What criteria? What rating of medical schools is being referred to?

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Junket831 02/09/10 - 06:55 pm
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With the state's current

With the state's current fiscal crisis, ALL expansion of government services, including MCG-Athens should be put on hold until the state is out of the red. While the facility may be needed, it can wait until we actually have funds to spend. The said part is this expansion during an economic crisis has been perpetuated by Republicans who claim to represent fiscal responsibility.

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ColCo 02/10/10 - 06:29 am
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Athens does not have a large

Athens does not have a large enough indigent population to train med students. If you want doctors who are experts in treating std's, Athens is a great option, however when you are training students, you need a steady stream of sick people to treat. A town full of college students, along with a medical community that apparently is not buying into the idea of a town full of med students is not the ideal option. Personally, I think Sonny Purdue will end up as President of UGA after his term as governor is finished. The Athens MCG campus is what he had to produce to get the job.

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Roycliff 02/10/10 - 01:31 pm
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Athens students will be

Athens students will be trained in two hospitals is Athens plus one in Gainesville. They will also be trained in physician offices. There are many physicians in northeast Georgia who are very excited about medical students and residents. There is no shortage of misinformation available.

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