Thursday, December 18, 2014

Raft Debate set for April 19

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

Representatives from the Medical College of Georgia Departments of Medicine, Pediatrics and Surgery will try to sway medical students during this hypothetical debate at the 11th annual Raft Debate at 6 p.m. Friday, April 19 in the GRU Wellness Center, Health Sciences Campus.

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

Physicians aboard the ship include Dr. Matthew Diamond, Assistant Professor of Medicine; Dr. Colleen McDonough, Assistant Professor of Pediatrics; and Dr. Steve Holsten, Associate Professor of Surgery. GRU Provost Gretchen Caughman will moderate the debate. Dr. Michael Brands, Professor of Physiology and Graduate Studies, will serve as devil’s advocate.

Dr. Paul Wallach, Vice Dean for Academic Affairs, will make opening remarks. A dinner reception will follow at 7:30 p.m.

The program was initiated in 2003 by Dr. Paul Dainer, Associate Professor of Medicine, and Dr. Elizabeth Holt, Class of 2005. Dr. 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.

For more information about the event or for reservations, contact Mary Beth Gable in the Division of Advancement and Community Relations, 706-667-4894 or


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