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Medical College of Georgia – Augusta University

Medical School

Mailing Address
1120 15th Street
Augusta, Georgia 30912
Phone
(706) 721-3186
School Information
"The Medical College of Georgia is one of the nation’s largest medical schools by class size, with 264 students per class. The educational experience is anchored by the main campus in Augusta, regional clinical campuses for third- and fourth-year students across the state and a second four-year campus in Athens in partnership with the University of Georgia. MCG’s expanding partnerships with physicians and hospitals across Georgia currently provides about 350 sites where students can experience the full spectrum of medicine, from complex care hospitals to small-town solo practices. MCG and its teaching hospitals also provide postgraduate education to more than 500 residents and fellows in 50 different Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education-approved programs." The college enrolls a total of 960 students and employs 870 full and part-time faculty. (Source: https://www.augusta.edu/mcg/#) (Source: https://www.augusta.edu/mcg/documents/2022-fact-sheet-8.9.2022.pdf)
General Information
The college has an "Office of Learner Diversity, Equity, & Inclusion," which aims to, "Develop, implement and enhance practices and policies of diversity and inclusivity that facilitate a culturally sensitive college and academic health center environment." It also has a link to the "AAMC Anti-Racism in Medicine Collection." Additionally, the vice president and chief medical officer for Augusta University Health said, "Medical colleges around the country must also prepare future doctors and health care workers to be cognitive of the longstanding inequities that pervade the health care system and provide short-term and long-term solutions to reduce these disparities."

Actions Taken

Admissions Policies
  • The college said, "In 2017, MCG began following the holistic review recommendations developed by the Association of American Medical Colleges (AAMC) as well as internal guidelines developed by the admissions committee made up of 20 dedicated faculty members and students..." Additionally, the college's associate dean of admissions said, "We look at the context of the individual, so it’s not solely metric driven or based on a person’s GPA or their Medical College Admission Test (MCAT) score. While we follow national benchmarks for assessing the academic readiness of our applicants, equally as important are an individual’s experiences and attributes in selecting the next generation of future physicians."
Anti-Racism, Bias, and Diversity Training
  • The Office of Student Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion offers “resident, fellow, and faculty training in Microaggressions, Unconscious Biases, and Health Equity.”
Curriculum Changes and Requirements
  • The Office of Student Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion will “optimize diversity and cultural sensitivity by both reviewing existing curricular content for biases and creating new content.”
Resources
  • The vice president and chief medical officer for Augusta University Health said, "Medical colleges around the country must also prepare future doctors and health care workers to be cognitive of the longstanding inequities that pervade the health care system and provide short-term and long-term solutions to reduce these disparities."
  • The college named the "medical school’s associate dean for learner diversity, equity and inclusion." As of 2022, the current officeholder was "recently appointed to serve on the Association of American Medical College’s Constructing an Equitable, Inclusive, and Anti-racist Learning Environment Working Group."
  • The college has an "Office of Learner Diversity, Equity, & Inclusion," which aims to, "Develop, implement and enhance practices and policies of diversity and inclusivity that facilitate a culturally sensitive college and academic health center environment." It also has a link to the "AAMC Anti-Racism in Medicine Collection."
  • The college also has a number of Student Affinity Groups.
  • The school's Diversity and Inclusion page links to AAMC's (Association of American Medical Colleges) "Anti-racism in Medicine Collection."
  • In 2018, Nicole Rockich-Winston, PharmD, MS (Associate Professor, Assistant Dean Academic Affairs-Curriculum Medical College of Georgia) wrote a letter to the editor of the American Journal of Pharmaceutical Education titled "Critical Race Theory for Pharmacy Diversity Curriculum" and stated, "With respect to student pharmacists specifically, addressing CRT in diversity curriculum offers students the opportunity to recognize the causes and consequences of racism and articulate unjust practices against racially diverse people."
  • The school's Office of Diversity and Inclusion states that it is "Enhancing programs that facilitate cultural competency development for all members of the college."
Symbolic Actions
  • A college official said, "That’s why cultural sensitivity training is so valuable. The truth is, we all have biases and health care providers are no different..."
  • On March 9, 2023, it was reported that the Medical College of Georgia at Augusta University hosted a training called, “The Skeleton In Our Closet: Racism at MCG.”
  • According to page 16, the Office of Student Affairs is dedicated towards “fostering a diverse, inclusive, and student-centered community.”
  • The Office of Student Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion states that, “Every summer we host the Student Educational Enrichment Program and the Pre-Matriculation Program.”
  • The Medical College of Georgia hosts the Office of Student and Multicultural Affairs, which works towards “promoting an inclusive and diverse environment.”
Last updated June 24th, 2024
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