ALBANY — A group of 36 first-year medical students got a taste of southwest Georgia on Monday, with a barbecue lunch, stops at local attractions and a downtown Albany ice cream shop.

The trip was an introduction to the Medical College of Georgia’s Southwest Campus, located across the street from Phoebe Putney Memorial Hospital. The students also visited Chehaw Park & Zoo and the Flint RiverQuarium on the first of two days in the city.