ATLANTA, August 26, 2022 /PRNewswire/ — This week, executives from Peach State Health Plan and Medical College of Georgia IN Augusta The university announced the 2022 Peach State Scholars during a ceremony in Augusta University campus. The seven students make up the second class of Peach State Scholars participating in the Medical College of Georgia MCG3+ Primary Care Pathway Programme.

The program, which began in 2020, allows select students to graduate from medical school in three rather than four years and go directly into 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 tuition scholarship, which was made possible by a 5.2 million dollars donation from the Peach State Health Plan in 2021.

“We are excited to see the MCG3+ Primary Care Pathway Program expand into its second year with the 2022 Peach State Scholars,” said Wade Rakes, Chief Executive Officer, Peach State Health Plan. “These medical students will soon be on the front lines of medical care in of Georgia subjugated communities. As this innovative program continues, together we will help develop more physicians across the state Georgia.”

Governor Brian Kemp matches Peach State Health Plan’s initial donation to launch the program, adding another 5.2 million dollars in financing. This year, Governor Kemp and Georgia The General Assembly added an addition 8.7 million dollars to the program.

“I am always proud to see public and private organizations in it Georgia come together to create innovative solutions to health care problems in the state,” the Governor said Brian Kemp. “The condition of Georgia is proud to support the work of the Peach State Health Plan and Medical College of Georgia we are doing to place more doctors in our rural and incurable areas”.

“Our partnership with Peach State Health Plan has been critical to launching the MCG3+ Primary Care Pathway Program to address of Georgia the lack of doctors,” said the president of Augusta University Brooks A. Keel, PhD. “Georgia is losing doctors in many of its underserved areas for a variety of reasons, including the retirement of older doctors and the desire of younger doctors to open practices in more populous areas. These Peach State researchers will help address these shortages for years to come.”

The 2022 Peach State Scholars, their hometown and intended major are as follows:

Reginald D. Benson, Jr.
Douglasville, GA
Emergency medicine

Sarah K. Chappell
Alpharetta, GA

M. Raine Foulkes
Macon, GA

Ganesh Maduraiveran
Cumming, GA
Internal medicine

Adir Mohaban
Hahira, GA
Emergency medicine

Edil Nour
Lawrenceville, GA

Bailey Rodgers
Marietta, GA

circle Medical College of Georgia (MCG)

of Medical College of Georgia IN Augusta The university is one of the country’s largest medical schools by class size, with 264 students per class. The educational experience is anchored by the main campus at Augustaregional clinical campuses for third- and fourth-year students across the state and a second four-year campus at Athens in partnership with University of Georgia. Expanding MCG’s partnerships with doctors and hospitals around the world Georgia currently offers approximately 350 locations where students can experience the full spectrum of medicine, from complex care hospitals to solo practices in small towns. MCG and its teaching hospitals also provide graduate education for more than 500 residents and fellows in more than 50 different Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education Programs approved by Medical Education.

About the Peach State Health Plan (PSHP)

Peach State Health Plan is a Managed Care Organization serving the needs of Georgians through a variety of health insurance solutions. Peach State Health Plan serves the Medicaid and PeachCare for Kids® populations in partnership with Georgia Families. The organization also focuses on underinsured and uninsured individuals through its federal insurance marketplace plan, Ambetter, and its Medicare Advantage Special Needs Plan. Peach State Health Plan is a wholly owned subsidiary of Centene Corporation, a leading multi-line healthcare enterprise. For more information visit

SOURCE Peach State Health Plan

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