MCG applicants prefer Augusta 6-1

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ATLANTA -- Roughly six students accepted to the Medical College of Georgia prefer the main Augusta campus for every one that wants to attend the branch campus in Athens, the medical school's dean reported today.

During a morning briefing for a committee of the University System of Georgia's Board of Regents, Dean Douglas Miller expressed pleasure that the ratio matched the capacity at each campus.

"If they had been one-to-one, we would have been making a lot of people unhappy about their preference," he said. "It actually lined up very nicely."

So far, 32 students accepted for the classes that begin this fall are assigned to Athens while another eight will be sent there to round out the 40 students targeted. The Augusta campus will host 190 students in the same class.

The final sorting out comes after May 15 when students accepted by multiple medical schools have to decide which they'll attend. As some inevitably pick schools other than MCG, their departures will open seats for the 20-30 applicants who have been accepted to MCG on a waiting list. Some of those on the waiting list may prefer the Athens campus, but if there aren't enough to fill all the slots there, the administration will make assignments.

When the Athens campus was first proposed as a partnership with the University of Georgia, some observers predicted that most students would chose Athens because it is more oriented toward college students, in terms of restaurants and entertainment. However, MCG officials warned the opposite might be true since medical students are generally more focused on their education than amusement, and Augusta has a more established medical community.

Miller said both campuses have different strengths.

"The students who want the small-group learning, a little bit more independent study, large-campus environment are selecting Athens, and they're getting it," he said. "... Students who want a larger class and more anonymity are making a preference for Augusta."

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countyman
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countyman 04/21/10 - 10:30 am
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Lol where's the hater's now?

Lol where's the hater's now? The MCG applicants prefer Augusta 6 to 1. I thought you said the students would prefer Athens?

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gutdawg 04/21/10 - 10:41 am
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This doesn't suprise me.

This doesn't suprise me. Augusta has three major hospitals within walking distance of the campus since MCG is reneweing its affiliation with University. In Athens, to do your clinical rotation, you have to drive 3 to 5 miles or ride the bus. This takes time out of a already busy schedule of a med student. Something that Michael Adams didn't give consideration to when he wanted a Medical School. Augusta is much more known in the Southeast in the medical arena than Athens, and most med students realize this. Burn Unit for Southeast, Trauma Unit, large Army and VA Hospitals, Heart and Vascular Insitute, it goes on. Medical students are not the typical college student, they are serious about their studies and future.

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countyman 04/21/10 - 11:43 am
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Doctor's is the largest burn

Doctor's is the largest burn center in the united states. The third largest burn center in the world.

Why wouldn't they want to come here? January 1, 2011 is the big premiere for ''When Augusta met Boomtown''. A $112 million dental school is under construction. New student housing on fatmans old property, educational commons and school of medicine to come. And this is only the Medical District. Businessweek ranked Augusta the 6th best building market in america. Augusta is on the map for new housing construction.
http://images.businessweek.com/ss/09/09/0917_booming_housing_markets/7.htm

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Riverman1 04/21/10 - 01:23 pm
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I've consistently said

I've consistently said students would prefer Augusta. Who wants to go to an upstart school with second class everything? Actually, Augusta has low cost housing that students desire. It's all the more reason MCG Augusta should have been expanded instead of trying to create another school in Athens.

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Roycliff 04/21/10 - 01:44 pm
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When on clinical rotations,

When on clinical rotations, medical students devote full-time to that.
They stay in the hospital much like a resident physician schedule. They follow the same duty hours. They do not go back and forth from the school to the hospital so having a hospital within walking distance is largely irrelevant. Athens is perfectly suited for medical school expansion.

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Riverman1 04/21/10 - 06:34 pm
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Medical students do not sleep

Medical students do not sleep in the hospital or clinic they are training in. However, I agree clinical rotations can be done in any hospital, all over the state. That's always been noted when the issue of not enough clinical rotations was brought up concerning MCG Augusta.

About Athens being perfectly suited for expansion, well, yeah, but that would work anywhere you want to build a medical school. The question is cost and duplication of resources. This school in Athen will not train that many physicians and will end up costing HUNDREDS OF MILLIONS.

USC in Columbia opened their medical school in a controversial manner much like this. They are constantly underfunded as MUSC draws the major funding. Athens meet Columbia and their medical school that has been rated dead last for many years.

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