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16th Annual Raft Debate

Medical College of Georgia
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The fate of an internist, a surgeon and a pediatrician is in the hands of students at the Medical College of Georgia at Augusta University. All three are aboard a sinking ship, and their only escape is a one-person raft. Who should be saved?

Representatives from the MCG Departments of Medicine, Pediatrics and Orthopaedic Surgery will try to sway MCG students during this hypothetical debate at the 16th annual Raft Debate at 6:30 p.m. Friday, April 13, in the J. Harold Harrison, M.D. Education Commons.

Hosted by the MCG Alumni Association, representatives will debate which specialty is most important and would help the most people if saved.

MCG Physicians aboard the ship include Dr. Thad Carson, an internist, Dr. Jake Eichenberger, a pediatrician, and Dr. Greg Kalv, an orthopaedic surgeon. Dr. Frank Block Jr., a professor of anesthesiology at the AU/UGA Medical Partnership, will play devil's advocate, and Dr. Shelly Nuss, campus dean at the Medical Partnership will moderate the debate.

The program was initiated in 2003 by Dr. Paul Dainer, associate professor of medicine, and Dr. Elizabeth Holt, MCG Class of 2005. Dainer had seen a similar format pitting a social scientist, natural scientist and humanities professor, while earning his undergraduate degree at the College of William & Mary. After arriving at MCG, he wanted medical students to enjoy a similar experience.