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Augusta, GA 30912

Medical College of Georgia School of Medicine

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Introduction

The University System of Georgia includes all state-operated institutions of higher education. The school is part of this system. The medical school, founded in 1828, is located in Augusta, which is on the south bank of the Savannah River, midway between the Great Smoky Mountains and the Atlantic Coast.

Academics

4-year modern. First and second years: During the preclinical years, students acquire the building blocks of basic science and the skills required for clinical decision making and patient interaction. The modular content of the curriculum is taught in lectures, labs with integrated clinical conferences, and small-group activities. The year begins with the cellular and Systems Processes Module and a Brain and Behavior Module. Offered concurrently with the basic science modules, the yearlong Essentials and Clinical Medicine course emphasizes family, cultural, and population aspects of health care, communication skills, information retrieval and analysis, health promotion/disease prevention, ethics, history taking with children and adults, and a community project. The Essentials of Clinical Medicine course is a 2-year sequence that emphasizes those skills needed to prepare students for the third year. Second year: Essentials of Clinical Medicine addresses interviewing and physical examination, common medical problems, and interdisciplinary topics such as ethics, nutrition, and the impact of behavior on health while highlighting principles of patient care for each stage of life. Cellular and Systems Disease States is a yearlong module divided into 5 systems-based blocks. In this module, students are exposed to the topics of medical microbiology, pathology, and pharmacology in the context of clinical medicine. Third year: The required core clerkships: in internal medicine, pediatrics, family medicine, ob/gyn, surgery, psychiatry, and neurology. Fourth year: Students must complete 4-week rotations in emergency medicine, critical care, and an acting internship in medicine, family medicine, or pediatrics. The remainder of the fourth year is for elective study, which can include both clinical and research courses.

Unique Programs

Minority admissions: The college conducts an intensive recruitment program and is committed to increasing minority representation in the student body. Other degree programs: MD-PhD programs are offered in a variety of disciplines including endocrinology.

Admissions

Thebasicpremedicalsciencecoursesarerequiredaswell as courses in English sufficient to satisfy baccalaureate degree requirements. Biochemistry is recommended. Very strong preference is given to state residents, as well astocandidateswith4yearsofundergraduatework.Only up to 5% of nonresidents will be admitted in any given year. Potential nonresident applicants need to have especiallystrongcredentialstobegivenseriousconsideration. Selection is made on the basis of an assessment of the applicant’s achievements and potential based on credentials and recommendations received, MCAT scores, and interview performance. Transfer and advancedstanding:ApplicantsfromotherMDprograms are considered on a space-available basis.

Students

Letter grades are used. Steps 1 and 2 of the USMLE are required of all students. Teaching: Basic sciences are taught primarily in the ResearchandEducationBuilding.Clinicalteachingtakes place at the Medical College of Georgia Hospital and Clinics (540 beds) and affiliated hospitals and practice sites in the city and across the state. Library: The library housesmorethan164,000volumesand1230periodicals. Access to electronic databases and interlibrary loan is available. Housing: Accommodations are available in 4 residence halls for single students. One- and 2-bedroom apartments are available for married students.


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