Medical College of Georgia (MCG) is planning “the biggest thing we’ve done since 1828” according to Dean David Hess. (1828 is the year the school was founded.) The three-pronged plan expands annual enrollment by 50 students and shortens the curriculum to three years. It also offers free tuition to those students who agree to spend at least six years in underserved parts of Georgia.
We applaud this ambitious plan. Georgia ranks low for the number of physicians per capita. Additionally, pretty much the entire state outside the Atlanta area is considered rural and underserved. A three-year medical school curriculum isn’t a new idea and the value of the fourth year has been widely debated.