As the state’s only public medical school, the Medical College of Georgia’s is working to address Georgia’s worsening shortage of primary care physicians.
Of the state’s 159 counties nine have no physician; 18 no family medicine physician; 32 no internist; 60 no pediatrician; 76 no OB/GYN; 74 no general surgeon; 77 no psychiatrist; and 58 no emergency medicine physician.
To help ease some of that burden, the MCG 3+ Primary Care Pathway offers students who want to serve Georgia a quicker path to primary care residency and practice. Those students can graduate medical school in three years and immediately enter a primary care residency program in Georgia. With a commitment to practice in rural and underserved areas of the state, they are also offered a scholarship to cover their tuition.
With a generous donation from Peach State Health Plan and matching funds from the State of Georgia, the first eight scholars are currently enrolled in the program.
As we enroll more MCG students, the need for scholarships will only grow.