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The impact of the state of Georgia's only public medical school spans from its founding nearly 200 years ago, in 1828, as one of the nation's first medical schools to its current role optimizing health and health care in Georgia and beyond through education, discovery and service.

The Medical College of Georgia is one of the nation’s largest medical schools by class size, with 260 students per class. The educational experience is anchored by the main campus in Augusta, regional clinical campuses for third- and fourth-year students across the state and a second four-year campus in Athens in partnership with the University of Georgia. MCG’s expanding partnerships with physicians and hospitals across Georgia currently provides about 350 sites where students can experience the full  spectrum of medicine, from complex care hospitals to small-town solo practices. MCG and its teaching hospitals also provide postgraduate education to more than 500 residents and fellows in 50 different Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education-approved programs.

Our researchers and clinicians focus on what most impacts the health of Georgia's and America’s children and adults, including cardiovascular biology and disease, cancer, neurosciences and behavioral sciences, public and preventive health, regenerative and
reparative medicine, personalized medicine and genomics. Our physician faculty also share their expertise with physicians and patients at
about 100 clinics and hospitals statewide.

 

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New method gives rapid, objective insight into how cells are changed by disease

TDAExplore takes the detailed imaging provided by microscopy, pairs it with a hot area of mathematics called topology and the analytical power of artificial intelligence to give a new perspective on changes in a cell and where they happen, says Dr. Eric Vitriol, cell biologist and neuroscientist at the Medical College of Georgia.  

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New gene identified that contributes to progression to type 1 diabetes

The interaction of a natural lock and key recruits immune cells to the pancreas, which attack insulin-producing islet cells, resulting in a lifelong course of insulin therapy and a lifelong increased risk of other health problems like heart and kidney disease

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Small amounts of carbon monoxide may help protect vision in diabetes

MCG scientists have early evidence that HBI-002, a low-dose oral compound developed by Hillhurst Biopharmaceuticals, can safely reduce oxidative stress and inflammation in the retina.

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Homlar elected president of Georgia Orthopaedic Society

She chaired the society’s Public Relations Committee from 2016-19 and its Membership Committee from 2019-20.

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Tailor-made medical education

Ultrasound Teaching

The Medical College of Georgia at Augusta University has redesigned its four-year core MD curriculum to three years to enable students to better tailor-make their fourth-year learning experience.

The redesign provides a more efficient pathway into primary care for a percentage of students. The majority of students will spend the fourth year of medical school honing clinical and research skills or completing a dual degree.

The MCG 3+ Primary Care Pathway would see a percentage of students who commit to primary care practice in rural or underserved Georgia, graduate in three years and immediately enter a residency in either family medicine, internal medicine, pediatrics, obstetrics and gynecology or general surgery. Dependent on future funding, those students would receive a scholarship.

Another option for students with the new curriculum will be to use their fourth year to earn a dual degree, like the university’s MD/MBA or MD/MPH. The final option would enable students to use their fourth year for advanced clinical training and/or research in their chosen future career specialty.

More about the 3+ Program