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Med students could spend longer rotation in Albany

By Jennifer Emert - bio | email

ALBANY, GA (WALB) - The Medical College of Georgia in Augusta is expanding its residency program in Albany. That means more students, with longer two year rotations in Albany.

Right now approximately 10 medical students spend several weeks on a rotation in Albany. When the program gears up next fall, it would double the number of residents and they would spend the last two years of medical school in Albany. In Albany, the programs teachers are all volunteers, which Phoebe executives say shows their dedication to their students. Students also get introduced into a community setting much earlier.

"It also gets medical students into a community setting earlier in their career when they might hopefully see the benefits of those kinds of practices. Chose those kind of practices as their specialty training rather than the bias which is just a natural occurences in an academic setting where what they're exposed to primarily are subspecialties," said Dr. Doug Patten, PPMH Chief Medical Officer.

As part of the program Phoebe will renovate the old Albany Middle School to create offices and work space for the students. The program will be evaluated in November to make sure it meets accreditation requirements.

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