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MCG school of medicine opens doors to resident students

By Ryan Houston - bio | email

ALBANY,  GA (WALB) –Georgia ranks 44th for producing Doctors. If you take away the Atlanta metro area we fall to 50th.

To fix those numbers Phoebe Memorial Hospital and MCG school of medicine opens their doors to resident students. The board of directors has known that patients are growing but Doctors where decreasing in numbers.

They feel like this program is an investment in the overall quality of life for citizens in southwest Georgia."It's really exciting to be in the last two years of school. And I actually will be a doctor,"said Student Sarah Peterson.

"Ever since I was 8 I lived on a dairy farm working with animals and I loved the healing aspect of it,"said Student Vernon Horst. It's more about getting out the classroom and becoming more hands on.

"So getting in there and being able try medicine and pediatrics to see what I really want to do," said Peterson. "Spending every day following doctor's it's really exciting," said Vernon Horst. 

Students will start rotations and begin seeing patients. Phoebe CEO Joel Wernick considers this a piece of the puzzle to improve health and quality."So they have an opportunity to learn but they have a chance to experience our culture," said Joel Wernick.

The culture of giving back. Each and every doctor that will participate has volunteered to mentor students."They have chosen to give you some of their time," said Wernick.

And no amount of time is to small. "Even if it's just one person your still focusing on that area and your helping the people you can," said Peterson.  Learning the healing power of medicine.

The opening of Southwest Georgia campus is part of an overall plan to increase the MCG school of medicine's class size. ©2010 WALB News. All rights reserved.   Feedback@@@@@@@@@@@@@

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