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
Dr. Hedong Li is principal investigator on a two-year, $423,000 Exploratory/Development Research grant from the National Institutes of Health that is enabling his team to use a construct he has engineered to aid repair of an injured spinal cord by making new neurons available.
Dr. Brian Miller, a psychiatrist specializing in schizophrenia at the Medical College of Georgia, is the new president of the Georgia Psychiatric Physicians Association, the state branch of the American Psychiatric Association.
The COVID pandemic appears to have triggered a big increase in insomnia disorder among health care workers at a medical-school affiliated health system, with the highest rates surprisingly among those who spent less time in direct patient care.
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
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.