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MCG dean cites statewide, local impact during address

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For Dr. Peter Buckley, it is all about “momentum.”

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Medical College of Georgia Dean Peter Buckley gives his second State of the College address. He highlighted the school's "hub and spoke" with regional campuses.  SARA CALDWELL/STAFF
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Medical College of Georgia Dean Peter Buckley gives his second State of the College address. He highlighted the school's "hub and spoke" with regional campuses.

The dean of the Medical College of Georgia at Georgia Health Sciences University gave his second State of the College address Friday by citing the statewide and local impact in a rapidly moving environment.

“We have been on a remarkable pace of change,” Buckley said. The school is building a “hub and spoke” model with regional campuses in Athens, Savannah and Albany and one opening next year in Rome. That creates the opportunity to work with physicians and community leaders around the state and the faculty at the University of Georgia in Athens.

“We are interested in not just an education hub and spoke; we are interested in a true multifaceted partnership that embraces providing clinical care and collectively meeting our mission and our honor to the state of improving the health of Georgians,” Buckley said.

That means working with other colleges and disciplines to move toward integrated training and clinical care, Buckley said.

Patients “are seeking a team of care, and they are seeking people who work well together,” he said.

It is bringing in others, too – a meeting Friday included faculty members from Augusta State University, which is merging with GHSU.

MCG is helping to develop 400 residency positions approved by the Georgia Legis­la­ture. It means renewing once-strong ties with Uni­versity Hospital, where residencies were pulled back years ago and have been slow to return.

Beginning in July, residencies in general surgery, obstetrics, internal medicine and a hospitalist rotation will begin, said University Chief Medical Officer William Farr. Buckley surprised Farr by bestowing on him the 2012 MCG Community Advocate Award during the address.

At first, five to eight residency slots will be filled, but University is authorized and partially funded for 15, Farr said.

“It takes some time to ramp up to that,” he said.

MCG is working to build on its research and is rapidly adding faculty members, going from a low of 453 in 2010 to 495 this year, Buckley said.

“We’ve got a vision; we’ve got a direction; we’ve got a momentum,” he said.

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Dr. Craig Spinks.Georgians for Educational Excellence
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Opportunity is knocking. Will

Opportunity is knocking. Will Augusta's leadership have enough courage, vision and civic-mindedness to open the door?

howcanweknow
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howcanweknow 05/05/12 - 11:08 am
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Uh, and how many faculty

Uh, and how many faculty members are packing up and leaving now?

Adding faculty members can be cited as proof of growth, but only if you are successful at retaining current faculty. Otherwise, it's a wash and you're not growing at all. It would be nice to use all the statistics instead of just some.

FriedFacts
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FriedFacts 05/05/12 - 03:58 pm
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I wonder if UGA's med school
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I wonder if UGA's med school will now say it's a division of Augusta University's GHSU? I want to see THAT sign. Heh.

I have explained often the reluctance of University physicians to train specialists who could compete with them after finishing the training program. That's always been the reason resident training was kept out. Why do you think they are only filling 5 of 15 slots when they are all funded?

socks99
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socks99 05/05/12 - 04:47 pm
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The elephant in the operating

The elephant in the operating room remains the dramatic rise in costs to train medical professionals. This indicates that "the system" is not better, but less effective, less productive; and that all Georgians will be impacted by these developed. In summary, educational resources in GA, at MCG and elsewhere, have been managed by folks drunk on hubris and borrowed money; and assorted conmen and grifters. There remain few folks willing to confront the Regents "junta," so don't be too optimistic Dr. Buckley!

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