$10M dollars granted to MCG graduate medical program

Monday, March 12, 2018
News 12 at 6 O'clock / NBC 26 News at 7

AUGUSTA, Ga. (WRDW/WAGT) -- Graduate Medical Education is MCG's program for residents after they complete medical school.

Residents work inside AU Health tending to patients who come through these doors but residency is expensive which is why the college needs this money from Deal.

"I chose MCG as my first choice for the residency match."

Yvonne Ukwu is in her second year of residency at the Medical College of Georgia. Meaning she is a part of the Graduate Medical Education program.

"I really wouldn't be a physician and have the opportunity to be as learned if it wasn't for GME."

It gives residents hands-on experience but it isn't cheap for the Medical College of Georgia.

“The residents have to be trained so we have to have directors of the program, to run the programs, we have to train them, we have to give them talks, we have to supervise them so there's a cost to it," said David Hess, Dean of the Medical College of Georgia.

GME is federally funded but there is a cap. If MCG spends more on GME to educate more doctors it has to cover the cost on its own.

“It’s estimated that our health system and our medical school together spend more than 20 million dollars over our cap funding for Medicare."
Which is why mcg needs the 10 million dollars governor deal approved in his budget.

Without the money training, more than 500 residents would take away from others on campus.

"If we didn't have these dollars, we would be using other dollars in the medical school or in the practice plan to fund it and then we would have to make other cuts."

GME is what gives residents live Yvonne the training they need to move on.

"I want to be a hospitalist when I complete residency, it’s what suits me."
Paying the residents for providing a service and then hiring the doctors to train them cost money and of course that goes up as mcg takes on more residents.