MCG plans Rome, Ga., campus

Next stop, Rome.
Medical College of Georgia and the University System of Georgia Board of Regents announced today that the university will open a clinical campus in Rome by July 2013.
The school already has clinical campuses in Albany and Savannah and earlier this year opened a branch of the School of Medicine in Athens in conjunction with the University of Georgia.
The Northwest Georgia Clinical Campus will help expand efforts to train students in the Rome area, where they already rotate through the Harbin Clinic, the state’s largest physician-owned multi-specialty clinic, according to a news release from the school. Floyd Medical Center and Redmond Regional Medical Center will also contribute facilities to the new program, according to the release. Establishing a residential campus where third- and fouth-year students can do their rotations is a long range goal, according to the release.
Rome was one of two areas of the state considered for future expansion in the medical education expansion plan authored by consultant Tripp Umbach. The state’s goal is to expand from 190 to 300 medical students by 2020 to meet a current lack of physicians expected to be exacerbated by a growing population.

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