MCG plans Rome, Ga., campus

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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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Chillen 11/11/10 - 01:51 pm
Despite the lack of funds and

Despite the lack of funds and broke taxpayers, the government keeps on spending.

ameliaf 11/11/10 - 04:15 pm
This is good! One of the

This is good! One of the ways a community helps itself, like building roads, schools, hiring police and firemen. This is infrastructure.

I loved this sentence: "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."

I think it says it will be 2020 before we "meet" the "current lack of physicians". Wow, by 2020 we will have all the docs we needed in 2010. Since there is a growing population - and not mentioned by the article a growing percentage of elderly, who consume more health care - by 2020 we won't just be 10 years behind, we will probably be 20 years behind!

And, throw this into the equation. Forbes ranks Georgia as one of the top ten most tax friendly states for retirees. Top ten! So, with all the baby boomers retiring we should see even greater growth in retirees who come here to live. So, if there is an accelerated growth in the number of retirees who come here, and retirees need more health care, we will be even further behind!

Better than no improvement, but moving in the right direction. I didn't like the idea of UGA "competing" with Medical College but I am about to change my mind.

Riverman1 11/11/10 - 05:44 pm
I have no problem with

I have no problem with another clinical campus. What I find fault with is building another medical school for UGA that will end up costing hundreds of millions and duplicate efforts.

MD2013 11/11/10 - 10:49 pm
The Athens campus is needed

The Athens campus is needed since it's impossible to train 300 students/class at a single site. There isn't a medical school in the country that can support that many students in a single class, at a single location.

Georgia already ranks near last place for physicians per capita, and is one of the fastest growing states in the nation. Since it take 7 years to train a doctor (at a minimum), they are setting up an infrastructure to supply doctors, for the state of Georgia, for a long time coming.

BTW, how is MCG competing with UGA? You have to apply to MCG and get accepted to the school of medicine, before any campus assignment is even made. There's no guarantee that an applicant will be at the Athens campus, nor is there any competition between the two entities. The Athens campus will remain just that.. a satellite campus for MCG's School of Medicine.

tuffenuf4u 11/12/10 - 12:12 am
Since the state's priemer

Since the state's priemer medical school is now branching out, When is the state's priemere university going to start branching out. ASU would make a good site for the University of Georgia-Augusta campus. After all, the University of South Carolina has a satellite campus in Aiken, and Aiken is much smaller than Augusta.

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