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    Feb 28, 2024  
2022-2023 Augusta University Catalog 
2022-2023 Augusta University Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Doctor of Medicine (Athens Campus)

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Program Overview

First- and second-year students study foundational and clinical sciences in an organ-systems based, hybrid curriculum, the centerpiece of which is case-based, small group learning, supplemented by interactive large group sessions. Subject areas such as biochemistry, anatomy, genetics, physiology, neuroscience, microbiology, immunology, pathology, pharmacology, and psychiatry, are integrated and presented in the context of clinical problems to encourage a more logical sequence of learning and to highlight the clinical relevance of the foundational sciences. This helps students learn in a context that more directly applies to how they will care for patients.

The emphasis on an integrated approach to lifelong learning begins in the first year to help students learn the normal structure and function of the human body, as well as understand social and behavioral aspects of medicine. It continues in the second year, which emphasizes pathophysiology and clinical decision making. Throughout both foundational science years, clinical components include Art of Doctoring, Community and Population Health, Clinical Skills and Methods, and Evidence Based Medicine and Practice, in addition to Ethics and Professionalism.

The third year consists of clinical rotations in the core disciplines of medicine, and the fourth year consists of electives and selectives. Required and elective third- and fourth-year clerkships are available in private practices, community clinics and hospitals. These two years involve the application of the knowledge acquired in the foundational science years to a clinical setting.

Program Contact
Associate Dean for Curriculum: Renee Page, MD
Admissions Information

Please see the MCG Admissions website for specific admissions information.

Program Length: 4 Years
CIP Code: 51.1201
Program Code: MD_MEDD
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Clerkship and Enrichment

Students must satisfactorily complete all of the requirements of Year 2 before entering Clerkship and Enrichment. Students must pass USMLE Step I to enter the third year curriculum.

Students will complete their core clerkships and electives at hospitals and community based training sites throughout Northeast Georgia. All core clerkships and the intersession in the care for chronically ill and terminally ill patients occur in the catchment area for the Medical Partnership Campus.

Senior Year Requirements

The fourth year is ten months in length. Students must complete two clerkships and two selectives. All students must complete an adult ambulatory clerkship, an emergency medicine clerkship, an acting internship selective, and a critical care selective. The remainder of the fourth year consists of at least three electives. Students may take additional electives during the academic year. Of these three required electives in the fourth year, one must be at an MCG‐ affiliated site.

  • Only one international experience may fulfill the elective requirements for graduation.
  • Students may only receive graduation credit for one research elective regardless of the length of the experience. A student may do research electives in different areas of interest; however, only one of these electives fulfills the elective requirements for graduation.
  • If a student did not complete a third year elective, s/he must do a total of four electives in the fourth year to fulfill the requirements for graduation. Two of the four electives must be on‐campus.
  • The Curriculum Office must approve off‐campus electives for graduation credit.
  • According to institutional policy, students may not receive retroactive credit for electives that were not approved by the Curriculum Office.

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