Georgia's only public medical school was founded nearly 200 years ago, in 1828, as the third-oldest medical school in the Southeast and the 13th oldest in the nation. Working to optimize health care in Georgia and beyond through education, discovery, and service, Augusta University’s founding school is the state’s leading provider of physicians, with 22 Academic Departments, three Centers and Institutes and a budget of $306,030,654 for this fiscal year.
In 2013, MCG launched an 18-month, fast-paced, comprehensive strategic planning process. The result, the college’s Strategic Plan 2015-2020, Our 186-year Legacy and Future: People Make the Place, provides a five-year roadmap that strengthens MCG’s core teaching mission, as well as parallel missions of research and clinical care.
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Ninety-five percent of MCG students are Georgia residents, representing widely diverse cultural, socioeconomic and academic backgrounds. The state’s medical school is committed to ensuring each class is diverse and reflective of the state it serves.
Students will log more than 9,000 hours of volunteer work, collectively, over their first and second years of medical school. They volunteer in the community and beyond, including staffing an after-hours health care clinic for Augusta’s homeless and underinsured, tutoring disadvantaged youth, and running a farmer’s market that offers produce and ideas on healthy eating to people in the inner city. They also regularly volunteer at programs for students of all ages aimed at inspiring the next generation of physicians.
The educational experience is anchored by MCG’s main campus in Augusta, as well as regional clinical campuses and a four-year campus in Athens in partnership with the University of Georgia. As the state’s only public medical school, statewide growth of medical education is a priority at MCG. Expanding partnerships with physicians and hospitals throughout Georgia ensures that students experience the full spectrum of medicine, from urban hospitals to small-town solo practices, with a focus on primary care and providing health care to medically underserved areas.
Research at the medical college receives programmatic support from the Georgia Research Alliance, an internationally acclaimed model for bringing business, research universities and state government together to create and sustain a vibrant, technology-driven economy. Seven GRA Eminent Scholars lead extraordinary research and development programs at MCG.
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MCG’s strong commitment to research is built on a proud tradition that boasts achievements such as laying the groundwork for fertility treatments and beta-blocking drugs for cardiac arrhythmias, which won Dr. Raymond Ahlquist MCG’s first Albert Lasker Award for Clinical Medical Research. Another early MCG scientist, Dr. Virgil Sydenstricker, was nominated for a Nobel Prize for his research on the use of nicotinic acid in pellagra therapy.
Students matched at top training programs across the nation, such as Johns Hopkins, Mount Sinai and Harvard. Twenty-eight percent of our students will be doing their residency in Georgia, and a little more than half of those will train at MCG and AU Health’s residency programs. Almost half of our students matched in primary care - internal medicine, pediatrics and family medicine – and other top specialties included emergency medicine, anesthesiology and general surgery.
Philanthropy remains a top priority for medical college leadership. Gifts to the state’s public medical school help pay for building projects such as the J. Harold Harrison, M.D., Education Commons; fund scholarships that help recruit the best and brightest students; establish endowed chairs; and provide financial support for faculty and students.
Dr. Peter F. Buckley, a psychiatrist and clinical researcher whose expertise includes leadership development and planning, was named 26th dean in 2011.
Augusta University Medical Associates is the centralized faculty practice plan for the Medical College of Georgia that provides all revenue-related activities for the clinical providers in the AU Health System and oversees the management of ambulatory operations, both on and off campus. Medical Associates had a total revenue of $157 million in FY15. MCG faculty practice in Medical Associates clinics across the state.
Augusta, the third largest city in Georgia, is located on the south bank of the Savannah River and recently ranked the second most favorable place to live in the state. The city is home of the world-famous Augusta National Golf Club, which hosts the annual Masters Tournament, as well as the U.S. Army’s Fort Gordon and Cyber Command.