Rx for Albany

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This fall, six UGA pharmacy students started their third-year courses in Albany, Ga., as the inaugural class of the College of Pharmacy’s southwest Georgia clinical campus. The students will finish their final two years of study in Albany as part of the college’s 2+2 program.

The 2+2 program allows pharmacy students to begin their pharmaceutical training with two years of study in Athens and then complete their final two years at an alternate site.

“Southwest Georgia, for a long time, has not had an adequate number of pharmacists,” said Dean Svein Øie. “We aim to train them there in hopes they will stay in that area.”

Officially opened in April 2011, the campus was designed to promote interactions between alumni, students, residents and faculty members in South Georgia. The 1000 N. Jefferson St. location is within walking distance of Phoebe Putney Memorial Hospital, the southwest Georgia clinical campus of Georgia Health Sciences University’s Medical College of Georgia and Phoebe Healthworks, a state-of-the art wellness center. The campus is expected to eventually accommodate 50 students and five faculty members.