The Southeast Campus of the Medical College of Georgia gives 3rd-year and 4th-year students a distinctive experience in one of the state's most historic regions. At the Southeast Georgia campus, based at Savannah's St. Joseph's/Candler Health System and Brunswick's Southeast Georgia Health System, students find enthusiastic, accomplished physicians and first-class facilities that offer a blend of urban and rural medicine with an abundance of one-on-one learning experiences.
In addition to providing a beautiful setting to live, the region's coastline communities also offer unique opportunities for studying industrial and international medicine.
Dr. T. Wayne Rentz Jr., a Brunswick surgeon and a 1972 Medical College of Georgia graduate, is associate dean for the Southeast Campus.
After graduating from MCG, Rentz completed a general surgery residency at the Naval Regional Medical Center at Portsmouth, Virginia. After training, he became a staff surgeon at the U.S. Naval Hospital at Roosevelt Roads in Puerto Rico and was named chief of surgical services there in 1979. He worked as a surgeon at the Naval Aerospace and Regional Medical Center in Pensacola, Florida, before leaving active duty with the U.S. Naval Reserves and coming to Brunswick in 1983 as a private practice surgeon, based at Southeast Georgia Health System. He has served in many roles within the health system, including chief of staff, director of the Surgical Intensive Care Unit, and as vice chairman of the Credentials Committee.
Rentz is a fellow of the American College of Surgeons and a diplomate of the American Board of Surgery. He is a member of the Medical Association of Georgia, the Georgia Surgical Society, the American Society of Breast Surgeons, and the Glynn County Medical Society.
In 2015, Dr. Frances Purcell was selected as the Assistant Dean for Curriculum for
the Southeast Regional Campus. Dr. Purcell joined the faculty of the Medical College
of Georgia Department of Psychiatry as Associate Professor in 2015.
Dr. Purcell’s career has been defined by service to communities throughout Georgia. In 2011, Dr. Purcell was honored as one of the Top Ten Working Women of Savannah by Assisting Working Women in Need (AWWIN) as a Philanthropic Leader. Before joining MCG, she served as the associate director for academic program development at Mercer University School of Medicine in Macon as well as the assistant director of their Master of Public Health Program and assistant professor in their Department of Community Medicine. Over the years, she has distinguished herself as a community leader and catalyst for improving the lives of the citizens across Georgia through her work with the Georgia Cancer Coalition, Chatham County Safety Net, Susan G. Komen for the Cure, and the Georgia Public Health Association. Dr. Purcell completed her Ph.D. in Educational Leadership in Higher Education at Mercer University in Macon and earned an M.S. in Psychology with an emphasis in neuropsychology from Georgia College & State University in Milledgeville.