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The MCG3+ Primary Care Pathway Program allows students to finish their medical school training in three, rather than four years, before directly entering a primary care residency in Georgia. In exchange for their commitment to serve in a rural or underserved area of the state, these students will receive a scholarship for tuition.

The scholarship fund and ongoing support for the MCG3+ Primary Care Pathway Program were made possible by a $5.2 million donation from Peach State Health Plan in 2021. In 2021, Governor Brian Kemp and the Georgia General Assembly matched Peach State Health Plan’s initial $5.2 million in funding help to kickstart the program. In 2022, Governor Kemp and the Georgia General Assembly added an additional $8.7 million to the program, which was matched by the Medical College of Georgia Foundation.

The 2023 Peach State Scholars, their hometowns and intended specialty are as follows (from left):icon of a peach on top of the state of georgia

  • Blayne Thomason of Dalton, GA, OB/GYN
  • Jessica McElrath of Woodstock, GA, Pediatrics
  • Jordan Bothwell of Roswell, GA, Emergency Medicine
  • Samantha Feinstein of Hartsfield, GA, Pediatrics
  • Caleb Padgett of Langley, SC, Internal Medicine
  • Brianna “Taylor” Nicholson of Suwanee, GA, Psychiatry
  • Christopher “Chris” Dick of Dunwoody, GA, Internal Medicine
  • Madison Chimenti of Canton, GA, Emergency Medicine
  • Peter-Jon Williams of Douglasville, GA, Internal Medicine
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