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Augusta University president tours Rome medical campus

November 2, 2016

Augusta University President Brooks Keel toured the Northwest Clinical campus of the Medical College of Georgia-Augusta University, 415 E. Third Ave., in Rome for the first time Tuesday. In doing so, he shared his belief that a broad variety of curricular offerings at various regional MCG campuses serves the future of healthcare delivery in Georgia well.

Having a curriculum at the Rome campus that differs from each of the other regional branches of the MCG is critical, Keel said.

Instead of the traditional four- to six-week rotations through various specialties, the Rome program has students function alongside physicians in a more patient-centric program. In Rome’s program students get a chance to see how all the various specialties are integrated in the treatment of individual patients.

“It does give students the opportunity to find what’s the best fit for them, and at the same time it gives students a chance to see what it’s really like to live in an environment like this,” Keel said. “For a student to want to come back to practice in a place like a Rome or an Albany is huge for them to get the experience first hand, see what it’s like and establish roots here.”

Keel said the regional campus concept for third- and fourth-year medical students has been a very positive program.

“The experience our students get here in Rome, is in many cases, a whole lot more than they would get in a larger institution,” he said. “These kids get their hands on patients very quickly.”