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First Annual ‘White Coat’ Welcome Ceremony

39 Residents and Fellows Begin Post-Graduate Medical Training MACON, GA (June 14, 2011) - The Medical Center of Central Georgia (MCCG) will welcome 39 new residents and fellows in a ceremony on Monday, June 20 at 3:30 p.m. in the Trice Lobby. This is the first observance of its kind at MCCG and is in the tradition of a ""white coat ceremony"" held at academic hospitals. This is not a public event, but media are invited to attend. ""As a premier teaching facility, The Medical Center of Central Georgia has five accredited physician residency programs and three fellowship programs,"" MCCG Chief Academic Officer Dr. Marcia B. Hutchinson said. ""More than fifty percent of physicians that train here enter practice in Georgia, caring for the citizens of central and south Georgia."" The ceremony commences post-graduate medical training for residents and additional specialized experience for fellows. After brief speeches from Central Georgia Health System/MCCG COO Joe Lavelle and MCCG Board President Nancy Anderson, a formal enrobing of white coats will end the ceremony. There are 33 residents and six fellows beginning specialized training this year.