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The first students in the AU/UGA Medical Partnership cut the ribbon to dedicate the Interim Medical Partnership Building in Athens on August 9, 2010. Pictured in the front are AU/UGA Medical Partnership students of the first year class along with L_R center; Erroll B. Davis Jr., former Chancellor University System of Georgia, Sonny Perdue, former Governor of Georgia, Ricardo Azziz President, Augusta University, and Michael F. Adams, former President University of Georgia.

Timeline

2005

The 58-acre Navy Supply Corps School (NSCS) in Athens was formally designated for closure as part of the Navy’s Base Realignment and Closure (BRAC) process.

November 2005: The Augusta University - Medical College of Georgia established its first clinical campus, the Southwest Georgia Clinical Campus, headquartered at Phoebe Putney Memorial Hospital in Albany.

December 2005: The Secretary of Defense recognized the Athens-Clarke County Local Redevelopment Authority (LRA) as the sole authority for the development and reuse plan for the NSCS.

2006

The LRA developed a selection process and received multiple reuse proposals.

August 2006: AU - Medical College of Georgia entered its first freshman class of 190. The increase from 180 students was the first since the 1970s.

2007

January 2007: The state of Georgia appropriates funds to study expanding public medical education.

April 2007: The Georgia General Assembly passed the fiscal year 2008 budget, which included $2.8 million to expand medical school capacity.

May 2007: St. Joseph’s/Candler Health System in Savannah and the AU - Medical College of Georgia announced a partnership that will lead to the Southeast Georgia Clinical Campus.

September 2007: Pittsburgh-based consulting firm Tripp Umbach is retained to complete a medical education expansion study on behalf of the Board of Regents. The nationally recognized medical school expansion firm was selected to explore the best growth opportunities for the AU - Medical College of Georgia.

October 2007: The LRA voted unanimously for final approval of the UGA proposal to establish a health sciences campus at the Navy School site. Dr. Linda Boyd, a family physician and curriculum development expert, was named associate dean for regional campus coordination for the AU School of Medicine.

2008

January 2008: On January 15, Tripp Umbach presents its study and proposal for expanding medical education to the University System of Georgia Board of Regents. The Regents accept the report on January 21.

February 2008: UGA Real Estate Foundation purchases historic building on the North Oconee River in Athens and begins rennovation. The Interim Medical Partnership Building becomes the first home of the AU/UGA Medical Partnership.

October 2008: On October 15, Dr. Barbara L. Schuster is named Campus Dean of the AU/UGA Medical Partnership.

2009

February 2009: On February 10, the Board of Regents approves the memorandum of understanding formalizing the AU/UGA Medical Partnership.

2010

August 2010: Forty medical students began classes at the AU/UGA Medical Partnership in Athens.

2011

The Navy vacated the 56-acre Navy Supply Corps School on Prince Avenue in Athens, making it available for renovation and preparation for the new UGA Health Sciences Campus.

2011 - 2012

Former Navy School property becomes the UGA Health Sciences Campus. Programs such as the AU/UGA Medical Partnership and the UGA College of Public Health will be housed at the site.

July 2012: The AU/UGA Medical Partnership moves to the UGA Health Sciences Campus.

2014

First students to graduate from the AU/UGA Medical Partnership and begin residency training.

2017

First AU/UGA Medical Partnership students to begin practicing medicine.

Year One

During year one, AU/UGA Medical Partnership students spend time in small and large group learning environments, as well as in histology and anatomy labs.

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