ATHENS - A partnership between Georgia Regents University and the University of Georgia has sent 12 medical students through the Gainesville area for training rotations.
Partnership spokeswoman Alison Bracewell McCullick said the effort was launched in 2008 to help north Georgia keep up with a growing need for physicians.
"There are 80 students currently going out into northeast Georgia and doing their training in doctors' offices and hospitals," McCullick said.
McCullick said as of this fall, 12 students have taken part in rotations in Gainesville. They've worked in areas including surgery, psychology, family medicine, and obstetrics/gynecology.
The program has also placed students in Gwinnett County, Comer, Elberton, Winder, and Athens for rotations.
"Our hope is that many of the students who have trained in northeast Georgia will hopefully return to this area in the future because they've learned the area. They love the people, and they've made good connections with the physicians," McCullick said.
The first class graduates in May. McCullick said officials with the partnership hope to increase the number of students to 60 per class in the future.
The partnership currently includes 160 students, 25 full-time faculty, 18 part-time paid faculty and over 180 volunteer clinical faculty.