UGA moves ahead on med school

Friday, June 5, 2009 5:46 AM
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ATHENS, Ga. -- The Navy's transfer of its Prince Avenue supply corps school to the University of Georgia is going well, even though the federal government has not signed off on it, Athens officials said Thursday.

The university will admit the first class to its new medical school, temporarily housed at the former O'Malley's building, this fall.

State lawmakers have committed $7 million in 2010 to help UGA turn the Navy school into a health sciences campus. The base is scheduled to close and the supply corps school move to Rhode Island by March 2011.

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skeptical 06/05/09 - 06:05 am
its medical school? help UGA

its medical school?
help UGA turn the school into a health sciences campus?
the university (ie, UGA) will admit the first class . . .?

Is MCG totally out of the picture, or is Morris News Service totally confused about who will be running the med school?

Riverman1 06/05/09 - 06:52 am
When the UGA-Athens school

When the UGA-Athens school went against recommendations of MCG to find their president what do you expect? It will be an independent school battling MCG Augusta for funds before long. Also, realize the money spent to renovate the Navy building is only for a temporary school. They move again later into a huge multimillion dollar complex. Ahhh, nothing but money. The state has plenty..right?

MD2013 06/05/09 - 09:22 am
Negative. The campus in


The campus in Athens is a satellite campus of MCG-Augusta. There's no medical school in the country, that currently supports a class size of >200 students, in one location. MCG is expanding to Athens for all four years of training, as well as two seperate campuses (Albany and Savannah), to help with the third and fourth year clerkships.

The application process is through MCG and NOT UGA. How do I know this? I am in the School of Medicine at MCG.

This is the same expansion that Mercer carried out just a few years ago, by moving 30 students to Savannah.

Hey River, where's the permanent campus going to be? Secondly, Emory gets all of the state's money... If you wan't to complain about something, complain about a private school getting 10x more state funding than the state's "flagship institution."

Bizkit 06/05/09 - 10:05 am
MD why would Emory need state

MD why would Emory need state funds. They have the largest research funding of any university in the state and have had the two largest endowments in history-Woodruff Coca-Cola for one. Emory health care provider is the largest in the state. MCG could learn a lot from Emory which is one of few institutions considered as one of the "Southern Ivy League". If only MCG could be in the same class in regards to reseach and providing excellent health care. Nothing against MCG I have numerous family members who graduated from there, and their research effort is growing. Overall I agree with the State's strategy to expand health care education to Athens,etc. and should also consider Columbus or Valdosta to hit the southern part of the state.

Grubnut 06/05/09 - 12:12 pm
The article is very

The article is very misleading. MD is correct. The move to the naval campus will not occur for some time. It should be remembered, though, that this is technically a joint project of MCG and UGA. It is technically the MCG/UGA Medical Partnership Campus. The development of the medical school in Athens is being handled by MCG. The faculty there will be MCG, the students will receive MCG degrees. But the overall project involves more than just the medical branch. The new campus at the naval site will be home to the UGA school of public health, assorted bio-technology programs, etc. As for the MCG medical school in Athens, this expansion effort is very similar to the kind of process that other public medical schools have gone through in other states as they've expanded their programs. And similar projects are under way around the country as states scramble to try to increase education of health professionals to meet the growing needs of their states.

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