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 240 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
Medical College of Georgia News
Scientists want to know more about how an inexpensive, low-risk treatment may improve recovery from the most deadly type of stroke. Called remote ischemic conditioning, or RIC, it involves successive bouts of compressing then relaxing an arm or leg with a blood pressure-like cuff, most typically for four cycles of five minutes of inflation followed by five minutes of deflation and enables better use of a natural pathway for brain repair.
Young pregnant women, who appear to have fully recovered from an acute injury that reduced their kidney function, have higher rates of significant problems like preeclampsia and low birthweight babies. MCG scientists are working to better understand, identify and ideally avoid this recently identified association.
The skeleton’s ability to adapt to mechanical loading — the forces put on bone by both gravity and muscle in response to movement — is critical to bone health, and circumstances like spaceflight or a spinal cord injury can interfere, says Dr. Meghan E. McGee-Lawrence, MCG biomedical engineer. With a new grant from NASA, she hopes to better understand how lack of gravity and other causes of disuse affect the usual dynamics of the skeleton, and find ways to restore a healthy dynamic when usual options like increased physical activity and weight lifting are not viable.
Chronic stress that changes the function of a tiny group of neurons known to be important to energy homeostasis in the body as well prompting us to pick up a fork when we are hungry may contribute to depression.
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