Rahn urges partnership with UGA

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ATLANTA --- A proposed partnership between the University of Georgia and the Medical College of Georgia would create a "unique opportunity" for comprehensive research into illness and other human health concerns, MCG President Dr. Dan Rahn said Wednesday.

Dr. Rahn made his comments during a regular report to the Board of Regents on the progress of expanding medical education in Georgia. He argued that remaining focused on the benefits to human health would move the discussion beyond the nuts and bolts, such as developing a curriculum, of putting together a branch campus in Athens.

"We've got to get above the mundane issues," Dr. Rahn said. "We have to attend to those issues. ... But we've got to keep this higher purpose in mind as we're doing that."

Building a campus in Athens, and the MCG-UGA partnership that would go along with that, would allow researchers to take a broader look at medical and public health problems, he said.

Those issues could be looked at from every level, from the personal genetic flaw that might cause an illness to the societal issues that might contribute to problems such as obesity.

"Our institutions don't contain the ability to do this on their own," Dr. Rahn said. "But we can do this with the right kind of strategic partnership led by the partnership between MCG and UGA."

Dr. Rahn also said the University System of Georgia was still aiming to open an Athens location by fall 2009.

"That's still a very aggressive timeline, with a fallback of fall 2010," he said.

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paulwheeler
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paulwheeler 03/20/08 - 07:42 am
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In a time of shrinking

In a time of shrinking government funding why entertain wasting millions on a facility in Athens, when the one here is not properly utilized? Rahn should concentrate on the facility he has instead of trying to build some kind of empire.
This is not an issue of human health concerns, this is an issue of egos and how they play with government money.

jgdarling
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jgdarling 03/20/08 - 08:01 am
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Who would be the junior

Who would be the junior partner?

getalife
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getalife 03/20/08 - 08:07 am
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Utilize the Augusta MCG fully

Utilize the Augusta MCG fully then go to Athens.

Riverman1
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Riverman1 03/20/08 - 08:16 am
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Does Dr. Rahn EVER say

Does Dr. Rahn EVER say anything supporting funding for expansion in Augusta? His getting past mundane issues, means forget about Augusta and fund the Athens campus now. I propose he move to Athens now and take over things there and MCG Augusta finds a new leader.

ruhappy
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ruhappy 03/20/08 - 09:34 am
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Why should Dr. Rahn move to

Why should Dr. Rahn move to Athens.

jack
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jack 03/20/08 - 09:46 am
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Rahn is merely getting points

Rahn is merely getting points with Perdue. Politics as usual. The local MCg does not have adequate student housing for starters.

Riverman1
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Riverman1 03/20/08 - 09:51 am
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Jack, the number one

Jack, the number one advantage MCG Augusta has by survey of the students is affordable housing. Think about our housing market compared to other places where medical schools exist. Medical students don't live in dorms. They rent or buy houses.

minime
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minime 03/20/08 - 10:54 am
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Another thing to take FROM

Another thing to take FROM Augusta.... don't let them do it.

createyourfuture
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createyourfuture 03/20/08 - 02:02 pm
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Rahn is toeing the party

Rahn is toeing the party line. The UGA Mafia, headed by Micheal Adams and Sonny Perdue want another school there, so they can be like Columbia, Chapel Hill, etc. This does nothing but dilute the talent coming to Augusta and MCG. There may be some leeway depending the next governor.

Bottomline: If you want to strengthen MCG, don't vote for a Dawg for governor.

Riverman1
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Riverman1 03/20/08 - 02:46 pm
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So all we have to do is fund

So all we have to do is fund the Athens campus and we will be able to cure genetic diseases and conditions such as obesity. But, wait there's more, we positively can't do this unless we start the Athens campus in the renovated warehouse that will soon be demanding hundreds of millions. Don't worry Dr. Rahn with mundane issues means fund the Athens campus and forget about expansion of MCG Augusta.

magic
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magic 03/20/08 - 03:17 pm
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Let it go Augustans. The

Let it go Augustans. The leave is going to happen. We'll always have a medical school here, but we all know that the UGA campus is going to become the most dominant campus. C'mon, lets look at the facts: Athens proximity to Atlanta, Athens being more of a college town. Augusta has nothing to offer the students of MCG. We all no it. Probably, don't want to admit it.

Bizarro
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Bizarro 03/20/08 - 06:50 pm
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Small minded people. It is

Small minded people. It is not about Augusta. The state is looking at long term goals and issues. It is about how best to serve the entire state. MCG would do well to form alliances and associations over the entire state. The southern part of the state needs attention also, and medical training should also branch down there.

Roycliff
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Roycliff 03/20/08 - 09:32 pm
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The ignorance on this subject

The ignorance on this subject is breathtaking. Bizarro seems to exhibit some grasp of understanding of the needs of Georgia. Most on here seem to put Augusta ahead of the needs of the state. Can anyone come up with 58 acres with buildings that need very little to be ready to serve as a health science center for virtually FREE? Anywhere in Augusta? Talks of cost without recognition of the millions that would be SAVED by expansion to Athens shows how misinformed most of you are. The inferiority complex about Athens is very telling. And the lack of vision for the rest of Georgia is very disappointing. Thank goodness you have the Masters.

Little Lamb
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Little Lamb 03/20/08 - 10:41 pm
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Maybe MCG could get some

Maybe MCG could get some funding from the S.C. legislature. Half of the staff live in N.A. on the river.

Riverman1
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Riverman1 03/21/08 - 04:48 am
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Folks, MCG Augusta can train

Folks, MCG Augusta can train medical students more cost effectively than trying to open what is essentially another 4 year medical school. Understand resident training is the key to keeping physicians in Georgia. More physicians would stay in Georgia and actually be attracted from outside the state if we had more resident training programs all over the state. The state should help fund and demand that hospitals open programs. MCG can supply the graduates for residency programs from Savannah to the mountains. Try to understand how physician training works. I defy anyone to compare the costs of turning out new physicians in Augusta v. Athens. In any case, the issue now is about funding expansion in Augusta. Is it going to happen as promised?

TheTruth
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TheTruth 03/21/08 - 09:56 am
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The troubles with trying to

The troubles with trying to expand programs and facilities in Augusta is a real estate, transportation, and housing problem. City leaders need to step up to the plate and give MCG things that they need: better real estate, more housing, better transportation, and MORE SECURITY. They have students and employees having to park and walk across two dangerous streets: 15th Street and R. A. Dent Boulevard. Why can't they build catwalks across these streets? Cheap, easy solution that would eliminate tragedies. RCBE needs to sell a school: Sell Laney to MCG. Sell that tower next to Laney to MCG. In fact, sell everything between Laney Walker Boulevard, Wrightsboro Road, and R.A. Dent to Laney Stadium to MCG. Sell everything between Paine College to Walton Way and 15th Street to MCG. While you're at it, move CSX railways off of R.A. Dent.

Bizarro
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Bizarro 03/21/08 - 10:44 am
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In the last twenty years

In the last twenty years MCG's growth has been research buildings, except for the children's hospital and the new building that houses the exercise equipment. Most of the growth has been an emphasis on research-something UGA has already established. The Cancer center, the building that housed the defunct IMMAG (which MCG spent millions to build up), etc. It will probably be less expensive to train physicians in Athens compared to Augusta in the long term. No new library for students, no decent building to house the dental school, most has been to build research.

Riverman1
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Riverman1 03/22/08 - 09:15 am
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Yeah, right, you create a new

Yeah, right, you create a new school in Athens, staff it with instructors making 6 figure incomes, ancillary staff making hundreds of millions, equipment and upkeep of whatever buildings you finally construct. See if that is cheaper than expanding in Augusta. The Gilbert Manor project will provide land for MCG expansion.

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sumerdaz53 03/25/08 - 01:07 pm
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Dr. Rahn, something in the

Dr. Rahn, something in the milk ain't clean, as my old dad use to say. Why is he so determined to get and expansion of the MCG program in Athens at the University of GA??? The truth will come out in a little while.

Little Lamb
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Little Lamb 03/25/08 - 02:59 pm
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I still say that Rahn is in

I still say that Rahn is in the running to be the next president of UGA. That helps to explain his actions.

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