Athens medical college campus to open doors today

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ATHENS, Ga.  - Classes at the Medical College of Georgia's new campus in Athens begin today.

The campus is a partnership between the Augusta-based college and the University of Georgia. A 4 p.m. dedication ceremony is planned for Monday, with Gov. Sonny Perdue and University System of Georgia Chancellor Erroll Davis expected to attend.

The new campus is part of a statewide plan to alleviate a shortage of physicians by increasing the size of each MCG class from 190 to 300 by the end of the decade.

The Athens campus will feature a four-year medical education unit with an inaugural class of 40 students. Eventually the campus will have 60 slots for students.

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