Medical College of Georgia to establish clinical campus at Phoebe Putney Memorial Hospital

Albany, Ga., (May 12, 2004) The Medical College of Georgia and the Phoebe Putney Health System are combining resources to expand clinical education and health care opportunities for Southwest Georgians. Leaders from the state's public health sciences university and the Albany-based hospital today announced the creation of the Medical College of Georgia Clinical Campus at Albany. The two organizations are in the final stages of formalizing the agreement.

The Albany Clinical Campus, which will be located at Phoebe Putney Memorial Hospital, is designed to enhance medical students' experiences with community-based medicine. The partnership will also help reduce the shortage of certain medical specialties.

"There are many counties in Southwest Georgia that are underserved in respect to the number of available physicians," said Dr. Ruth Marie Fincher, vice-dean for academic affairs at MCG. "The clinical campus in Albany will create an opportunity for us to help nurture the development of students who are interested in a career in medicine, and ultimately, help meet the health care needs of the state. Community-based practice is a dimension of health care that really compliments what we can teach in an academic medical center."

MCG's affiliation with Phoebe Putney Memorial Hospital began over a decade ago. Since then, the successful collaboration has provided quality dental, allied health and medical student education. Both organizations hope the establishment of the clinical campus will be a stimulus for further growth. Third-year medical students have been serving six-week clinical rotations at the hospital in the areas of family practice, pediatrics and internal medicine specialties as part of their core educational requirements.

"This clinical campus will give students an expanded opportunity to see the advantages of practicing in a community hospital that offers tertiary care in a regional setting. As a bonus, they will also be ma


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