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Clinical campus gets new assistant dean

Sandra Mobley

Sandra Mobley

ALBANY — The Southwest Georgia Clinical Campus of the Medical College of Georgia at Georgia Health Sciences University is adding a new team member.

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 the campus’ assistant dean for curriculum, officials with the university say.

The MCG Southwest Georgia Clinical Campus, based at Phoebe Putney Memorial Hospital, enables third- and fourth-year medical students from the Augusta-based institution to learn alongside area physicians as part of an ongoing statewide strategy to help with physician shortages.

The clinical campus is one of several throughout the state connected to MCG.

Mobley will work with Associate Dean Dr. C. Granville Simmons, who was appointed to his current position earlier this year, to enhance community support for the campus, officials say. She is expected to oversee all aspects of medical student educational experiences in the region, including development and implementation of new programs and research opportunities for students.

She is expected to start her new duties on Monday.

Biographical information on Mobley provided by the university states that she has 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.

She 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.

Mobley earned her undergraduate, master’s and doctorate degrees in nursing from GHSU. She joined the MCG Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology faculty in 1997.

The Southwest Georgia campus was established in 2005 as MCG’s first regional clinical campus. In 2010, it earned residential status, allowing students to remain in the region for up two years rather than exclusively doing rotation stints lasting several weeks at a time.