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SGMC Health designated as Mercer University School of Medicine’s newest clinical campus
SGMC Health designated as Mercer University School of Medicine’s newest clinical campus
SGMC Health designated as Mercer University School of Medicine’s newest clinical campus

Published on: 04/02/2024

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VALDOSTA, Ga. (WALB) - SGMC Health is set to become the newest clinical campus for Mercer University School of Medicine (MUSM).

Starting this summer, SGMC Health will welcome its inaugural class of third- and fourth-year medical students. According to Mercer, the establishment of a clinical site in Valdosta aims to provide medical students with exposure to high-quality care offered by a tertiary medical center catering to rural communities.

The MUSM Valdosta campus will be situated within a dedicated Medical Education Unit at 2501 N. Patterson St., offering all required clerkships and electives for Year 3, as well as various rotations for Year 4 of the MD program starting in July 2024.

“The opportunity to partner with SGMC gives our students a chance to experience a comprehensive rural hospital environment with excellent physicians, other highly trained professionals and the latest equipment and technology,” stated Dr. Jean Sumner, dean of the School of Medicine. “Also, the spirit of commitment to the region and the patients who use SGMC’s services is impressive. Our students are all from Georgia and many are from South Georgia. Our expectation is with this experience they will choose to stay in the region to practice.”

Leading the Valdosta campus as associate dean will be MUSM graduate Joseph Hayes, MD, currently serving as the Designated Institutional Official at SGMC. Additionally, SGMC Health is in the process of constructing a medical simulation center in Valdosta, aimed at facilitating medical practice activities including standardized patient encounters.

This center will also provide interdisciplinary training sessions in collaboration with health professions programs at VSU. SGMC Health has allocated $250,000 for the acquisition of virtual reality and high-fidelity models for ultrasound and procedural training.

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