AUGUSTA, Ga. – The fate of an internist, pediatrician and surgeon is in the hands of students at the Medical College of Georgia at Augusta University. All three are aboard a sinking ship, and their only escape is a one-person raft. Who should be saved?
Representatives from medicine, pediatrics and surgery will try to sway MCG students during this hypothetical debate at the 14th annual Raft Debate at 6:30 p.m. Friday, April 15, at the J. Harold Harrison, M.D. Education Commons.
Hosted by the MCG Alumni Association, representatives will debate which specialty is most important and would help the most people if saved.
Physicians aboard the ship include Dr. Shilpa Brown, assistant professor of medicine; Dr. Brian Stansfield, assistant professor of pediatrics; and Dr. Nancy Hockley, associate professor of surgery and chair of clinical sciences at the Augusta University/University of Georgia Medical Partnership in Athens. Dr. Kathryn Martin, associate dean for regional campus coordination, will moderate the debate. Matt Homen, clerkship coordinator, will serve as devil’s advocate.
The program was initiated in 2003 by Dr. Paul Dainer, associate professor of medicine, and Dr. Elizabeth Holt, Class of 2005. Dainer had seen a similar format pitting a social scientist, natural scientist and humanities professor, while earning his undergraduate degree at the College of William & Mary. After arriving at MCG, he wanted medical students to enjoy a similar experience.
For more information about the event, contact the MCG Office of Alumni Affairs, 706-723-0140.