Med students get a taste of Phoebe during orientation

Phoebe CEO Joel Wernick talks third year medical students. / Ashley Knight

The campus of Phoebe Putney has a few new faces as medical students start training.

A new batch of third year medical students started orientation Monday morning at Phoebe Putney Memorial Hospital. Students heard from hospital president and CEO Joel Wernick. They'll spend the next year or two in Albany for training and then go on to do a residency. Students say they chose Albany because they get a more one-on-one experience with doctors. 60% of those who do their residency in Albany end up staying and practicing in Albany.

The Georgia Health Sciences University MCG Southwest Georgia Clinical Campus, based at Phoebe Putney Health System in Albany, enables third- and fourth-year medical students to live and learn alongside Southwest Georgia physicians. Established in 2005, it was the college's first regional clinical campus in support of its mission to provide more physicians for the state. In 2010, the campus received residential status that lets students remain in the region for up two years.

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