Established in 1828, the Medical College of Georgia is located in Augusta, Georgia. This is a leading academic medical center and health sciences research university in the state. In 1828, the Georgia General Assembly approved a formal charter for the Medical Academy of Georgia, and a school was started to give one-year lecture series and confer a Bachelor of Medicine degree. After a year, the academy added a two-year program and changed the name to the Medical Institute of Georgia. A city-owned school, it became affiliated with the University of Georgia in 1873. The Institute became the medical department of the university. In 1950, the board of regents of the university made the school an independent unit, and changed the school’s name to the Medical College of Georgia. MCG offers over 40 academic programs related to health sciences, dentistry, graduate studies, medicine, and nursing at the certificate, baccalaureate, masters, doctoral and first professional levels. Residency training programs are also offered in medical and dental specialty areas. The schools of the medical colleges are the School of Allied Health Sciences, the School of Dentistry, the School of Graduate Studies, the School of Medicine, the School of Nursing, and a health care system. The Greenblatt Library, founded in 1834, is the main source for the health information for the faculty, staff and students of Medical College of Georgia. It houses an array of biomedical books, journals and audiovisuals, computer programs, databases, Internet resources and various historical collections including university publications and historical archives. The medical college is accredited by the Commission on Colleges of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools to award one-year and advanced certificates and degrees at the baccalaureate, master's, first professional, and doctoral levels. The Medical College of Georgia also provides medical services to the people in and around the Augusta area through its satellite clinics. It organizes health fairs, presentations to schoolchildren, and many other outreach efforts.