Raft Debate set for April 17

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

Representatives from medicine, pediatrics, and surgery will try to sway MCG students during this hypothetical debate at the 13th annual Raft Debate at 6:30 p.m. Friday, April 17, at the J. Harold Harrison, M.D. Education Commons.

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. Laura Carbone, Professor of Medicine; Dr. Will Cagle, Assistant Professor of Pediatrics; and Dr. Karen Draper, Part-time Assistant Professor of Surgery. Dr. Paul Wallach, MCG Vice Dean for Academic Affairs, will moderate the debate. Dr. Michael Toscano, Assistant Professor of Pathology, will serve as devil’s advocate.

The program was initiated in 2003 by Dr. Paul Dainer, Associate Professor of Medicine, and Dr. Elizabeth Holt, Class of 2005. 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, contact The MCG Office of Alumni Affairs, 706-723-0140