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Y1&Y2: Checking each other out

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For the first two years, students learn the fundamentals of the medical sciences through the study of the core subjects: anatomy, physiology, histology, biochemistry, pathology, pharmacology, and microbiology. They also learn how to take medical histories and how to perform a physical exam, in addition to learning the principles behind diagnosing diseases.

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Y1&Y2: The Teddy Bear Clinic

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Preschoolers at the University of Georgia McPhaul center became doctors on Friday to treat Teddy Bear patients who urgently needed their care. Each child brought a "sick loved one" from home and then diligently examined their stuffed patients by giving them medical tests. It was a day of fun, but the Medical Partnership hopes the exercise will help children understand and not be intimated with doctors. We're officially diagnosing these photos, adorable.

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Y2: Neonatal Intensive Care Unit at Athens Regional Hospital

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Second year medical students Kayla Koch, Travis Palmer, Lum Frundi, and Lisa Lima are given instruction on how to give a physical examination to an infant by Dr. Edward Conner, in the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit at Athens Regional Hospital. Hours old Bronx Barnett is the infant that was being examined by the students and doctor.

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A different type of exam

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The first time would-be doctors examined patients on their own is generally unforgettable. Some shake so violently when they approach the patient with their otoscopes that instructors feared an imminent lobotomy. Some are certain about the location of organs, but are stymied by the mechanics of hospital gowns and drapes. And a few are so polished and confident that they could be dropped midseason into Grey's Anatomy. And then there are some obvious things you hope don't get repeated like "I have to admit I have some butterflies"; "I've never felt anyone's liver"; "I'm so sorry! Are you all right?"           

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Year One

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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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It’s pretty quiet here - except on certain Saturdays

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Some would say that fall is the best time of year at Athens. And they'd be 30% right. Spring and summer are great, too. Maybe it's the smell of coffee in the air as you pass the small coffee houses downtown or the crunch of the red, yellow, orange leaves underfoot. It's probably the loud Saturdays; the cool, bright mornings; the nightly walks along lit paths; trips to the museum, catching your favorite bands downtown, sitting under a tree with a good book. Fall is the time we reconnect with friends, classmates, faculty and neighbors here in Athens, Georgia.

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White Coat Ceremony

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Signifying official induction into medical school training, the iconic short white coat is presented to students in a ceremony at the Bell Auditorium in Augusta, Georgia during the early part of their first year. During orientation, students have the opportunity to try on white coats and have measurements taken in anticipation of when they will officially receive their coats a few weeks later.

At the official White Coat Ceremony speakers share their excitement and knowledge with the new first year students before students are invited up to the stage to receive their white coats. On stage, faculty members help students into their white coats for the first time while loved ones and peers look on with pride. Once all students are coated, a pledge is read aloud by the entire class. The White Coat Ceremony culminates in a reception at the Old Medical College building where the Medical College of Georgia first began. This ceremony is a very special event in the life of a medical student and we are so pleased to be able to organize and share this important moment with you.

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Hands-On Learning

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After successfully completing the USMLE Step 1 exam, students begin Phase 3 of their medical education.  Phase 3 consists of the third and fourth years of medical school, which involve the application of the knowledge acquired in the basic sciences and essentials of clinical medicine in a clinical setting. The third year year consists of clinical rotations in the core disciplines of medicine.  The fourth year lasts 11 months and consists of electives and selectives.

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