MCG leader revisits concerns

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Attorney Louis Saul hopped to his feet Thursday to chastise Medical College of Georgia President Daniel W. Rahn at the Augusta West Rotary Club meeting.

MCG President Daniel W. Rahn reiterated that the college isn't moving, only that an extension of the campus is possible.  Special
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MCG President Daniel W. Rahn reiterated that the college isn't moving, only that an extension of the campus is possible.

"Why are you trying to move the medical school?" he asked. "You have a responsibility to protect (MCG)."

And as he has for the past few months, Dr. Rahn sought to allay Augusta concerns while carefully laying out the rationale for looking at planning a satellite campus of MCG's medical school in Athens in conjunction with the University of Georgia. He later repeated this rationale for his own faculty during the General Faculty Assembly.

There is no proposal to change who governs MCG, a common Augusta fear should UGA become involved, and no current faculty, staff or students are moving, Dr. Rahn said. Nor will any resources be split between Augusta and the proposed satellite, he said.

The issue has been a political hot potato since it surfaced in January, when Gov. Sonny Perdue included $3.6 million for planning the Athens satellite in his budget request for next year.

That funding is now $2.8 million that will go to the University System of Georgia Board of Regents for planning an expansion of the medical school in both Athens and Augusta, but that budget has not been signed by Mr. Perdue, Dr. Rahn said.

MCG expanded from 180 medical students per class to 190 and hopes to soon move to 200, Dr. Rahn said, which is about the limit of its current facilities. And it will get help in graduate medical education from University Hospital, which has agreed to start taking obstetrics residents as early as next week, said J. Larry Read, CEO of University Health Care System. University also has rehired a director for medical education to further the collaboration, he said.

"I am going to pursue every opportunity here," he said. But ultimately, particularly for clinical teaching opportunities, MCG will have to look to other areas of the state, Dr. Rahn said. And it is important that MCG be the one planning and leading that effort, he said.

"I believe if we don't, it will happen without us," Dr. Rahn said.

Reach Tom Corwin at (706) 823-3213 or tom.corwin@augustachronicle.com.

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Da Voice Inside Your Head
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Da Voice Inside Your Head 04/27/07 - 06:13 am
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Yeah, and the check is in the

Yeah, and the check is in the mail! This is what happens when you put someone in charge with no ties to the community.Dr Rhan has his own agenda and it doesn't matter what the people in Augusta think. He needs to be shown the exit and some one who has ties to MCG put in charge with the mission of killing any Medical School in Athens. MCG's main mission now is to make a profit. A re-evaluation of it's mission and goals seems to be in order.

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red10778 04/27/07 - 07:57 am
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Wake up Augusta! If MCG

Wake up Augusta! If MCG doesn't take charge of the effort in Athens, Mike Adams will. What's to stop him from taking his cause to the medical school accrediting board and saying "Hey, I tried to work it out with those people in Augusta and they just couldn't pull it together. Now give me my own medical school."
If that happens, the very problems that you're all worried about - a spilt of resources, students and faculty choosing Athens over Augusta - will become the harsh reality. MCG and Dan Rahn are doing exactly what they should be - establishing themselves as Georgia's leaders when it comes to educating the state's future doctors.

Augusta Mom
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Augusta Mom 04/27/07 - 08:15 am
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Yeah...right...no room to

Yeah...right...no room to expand in Augusta. Then why is MCG gobbling up all the land in the surrounding neighborhoods at rock bottom prices (making people vacate where they've lived for 50+ years)? At first it was supposed to be for "parkings lots". Now they've moved doublewide office units behind the Blue Goose, reading for construction. There obviously plenty of room to expand in Augusta. MCG just saw their chance to make a buck!

JimCox
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JimCox 04/27/07 - 09:04 am
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Just exactly how does Rahn

Just exactly how does Rahn plan to populate the clinics to train students in an Athens facility. The demographics of the market won't support the case loads students need for training.

toppergem
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toppergem 04/27/07 - 09:26 am
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If there was a real need in

If there was a real need in Athens it would have been in all of the local and state papers. No one had a clue about this satellite clinic except Rahn, Perdue and Adams! MCG has expansion opportunities by the truck load right here in the Augusta area. With all of these hospitals and doctors out the ying yang, you mean to tell me there are no opportunities for collabrative effors for graduate medical students. No, it call MCG turf protecting...not wanting to play with the other hospitals in town until the community raised such a stink. Now the collabrations are beginning. Keep yelling and pointing your fingers at MCG Augusta...that is the only way things with ever get done correctly around here.

THESOUTHLOST
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THESOUTHLOST 04/27/07 - 01:36 pm
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They should move it from

They should move it from Augusta. People here only care about property value and race.

oldchevy
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oldchevy 04/27/07 - 02:20 pm
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To set the record straight,

To set the record straight, the college (Medical College of Georgia) is not gobbling up the surrounding land and putting up trailers as office space in the Chafee Avenue area. That is the hospital, MCG Health Inc. which is a separate enity. The college is land locked by University Hospital, MCG Health Inc. and Gilbert Manor. Why do you think there are many multi-story campus buildings being raised where parking areas used to be? No room to expand the college. Just drive down Laney-Walker Blvd. The college has had a satellite School of Nursing in Athens for many years. That has not taken anything away from Augusta. Students go to clinics throughout Georgia for clinical experience. MCG is not just an Augusta college, but a college for all of Georgia. I applaud Dr. Rahn for taking the initiative to spear head the growth of the medical school throughout Georgia. If he doesn't, then Dr. Adams at UGA or another college like Emory University will.

Da Voice Inside Your Head
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Da Voice Inside Your Head 04/27/07 - 03:57 pm
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If you build another Medical

If you build another Medical School Anywhere in GA, it will reduce the amount of money coming to MCG. There is a finate pool of money out there. The more slices of the pie,the smaller each piece will be. The problem is Augusta has reduced infulence in Atlanta. Keep putting minority party folks in the legislature and let's see how low we can go.

NedaKlugh
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NedaKlugh 04/29/07 - 05:56 pm
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People who have lived there

People who have lived there for 50+ years have been do so on the dime of the taxpayers in Section 8 housing. After 50+ years, don't you think it about time that you pay your own rent?

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Roycliff 04/30/07 - 08:31 am
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Dr. Rahn has an inherent

Dr. Rahn has an inherent conflict of interest. He works for the Chancellor of the University System, not MCG. And the Chancellor wants a medical school in Athens. Case closed.

Roycliff
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Roycliff 04/30/07 - 04:01 pm
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It is the Medical College of

It is the Medical College of GEORGIA, not the Medical College of Augusta. It is supported by tax payers and citizens of Georgia, not just those who live in Augusta.

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