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The Medical College of Georgia began as the Medical Academy of Georgia with a class of seven students.

Medical College of Georgia at Augusta University: Great doctors, great medicine since 1828

For nearly 200 years, the Medical College of Georgia has served as the state’s flagship medical school. As the oldest college at Augusta University, MCG has one of the largest student bodies in the nation and has been educating physicians and physician researchers for Georgia and beyond for generations. 

“Throughout our history, the Medical College of Georgia has remained focused on improving health in Georgia and the nation through excellence in education, research, clinical care and community service,” said David Hess, MD, dean of the Medical College of Georgia and executive vice president for medical affairs and integration at Augusta University.

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Students at the Medical College of Georgia train in Augusta University’s state-of-the-art interdisciplinary simulation center. [Michael Holahan/Augusta University]

While the college is anchored at the main campus in Augusta, over 1,100 students train to become doctors or researchers at one of five MCG campuses that are located in every corner of Georgia. The college’s educational model provides medical students with training across the full spectrum of medicine, from complex care to solo practices in some of the state’s most rural and underserved areas.

Training is enhanced through affiliations with more than 350 clinics and regional partners Phoebe Putney Memorial Hospital, St. Joseph’s/Candler Health System, Southeast Georgia Health System and, beginning in 2025, Wellstar Kennestone Regional Medical Center. Nearly 50% of the college’s medical degree graduates remain in Georgia to practice.

“The Medical College of Georgia has continued to deliver on its promise since 1828.”

David Hess, MD, MCG dean and AU executive vice president for medical affairs and integration

Research students train alongside expert faculty who conduct basic, translational and clinical research on multiple health concerns and make significant discoveries year after year. Based on the number of faculty, the college is one of the most successfully funded university research enterprises in the country.

“From training practice-ready graduates to enter the workforce, to conducting research on diseases of global concern, to providing quality and value in all clinical care settings, the Medical College of Georgia has continued to deliver on its promise since 1828,” said Hess.

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