AUGUSTA, Ga. – Dr. Sandra C. Mobley, Director of the Perinatal Center at Georgia Health Sciences Health System and Project Director of the Enterprise Community Healthy Start Initiative, has been named Campus Assistant Dean for Curriculum for the Southwest Georgia Clinical Campus of the Medical College of Georgia at Georgia Health Sciences University.
The MCG Southwest Georgia Clinical Campus, based at Phoebe Putney Health System in Albany, enables third- and fourth-year medical students to live and learn alongside Southwest Georgia physicians as part of a statewide strategy to help with Georgia’s physician shortage.
Mobley will work with Associate Dean Dr. C. Granville Simmons to enhance community support for the campus. She will oversee all aspects of medical student educational experiences in Southwest Georgia, including development and implementation of new programs and research opportunities for students. She starts her new duties Oct. 1.
She has extensive experience in community relations and coordination, particularly in rural counties, where she helped develop and administer several federally-funded programs including Healthy Start, a home-visiting program for high-risk pregnant women and fragile infants, as well as a postpartum obesity intervention strategy. Her research has focused on postpartum depression. Mobley received the 2012 Maternal Child Health Community Service Award from the Georgia Public Health Association. She is a past President of the Georgia Perinatal Association and a Steering Committee Member of the Georgia Pregnancy Risks Assessment Monitoring System and the governor’s Office for Children and Families Early Childhood System of Care Advisory Group.
The new assistant dean earned her undergraduate, masters and doctorate degrees in nursing from GHSU. She joined the faculty of the MCG Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology in 1997.
The Southwest Campus was established in 2005 as MCG’s first regional clinical campus and in 2010 earned residential status that lets students remain in the region for up two years. MCG has two additional clinical campuses, the Southeast Georgia Clinical Campus based at St. Joseph’s/Candler Health System in Savannah and the Southeast Georgia Health System in Brunswick, and Northwest Georgia Clinical Campus, based in Rome, which will be fully operational next year. A second, four-year campus in Athens, the GHSU/UGA Medical Partnership, in cooperation with the University of Georgia, has enabled class growth from 190 to 230 students. Additionally, GHSU is moving toward at 2014 opening of the J. Harold Harrison, M.D., Education Commons that will support additional growth of medical and dental classes in Augusta.