About the School

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Introduction

Mercer University School of Medicine was established in Macon in 1982 to educate physicians and health professionals to meet the primary care and health care needs of rural and medically underserved areas of Georgia.  The full 4 year MD program is now offered on the Macon and Savannah Campuses, and years 3 and 4 of the MD program are offered additionally on the Columbus Campus.  Affiliated clinical partners include Navicent Health, Macon; Coliseum Medical Center, Macon;  Memorial University Medical Center, Savannah;  Columbus Regional Health, Columbus; and St. Francis Hospital, Columbus.  To learn more, visit Academic Clinical Partners

More than 60 percent of Mercer M.D. graduates currently practice in the state of Georgia, and of those, more than 80 percent are practicing in rural or medically underserved areas of Georgia. 

Mercer's MD program is competency based and integrated across traditional disciplines.  A unique feature is the Year 1 and 2 curriculum is highly clinically oriented and implemented primarily with active learning methods.  It is problem based (based primarily on patient cases) and also entails early exposure to clinical skills training.  Opportunities to learn from community based physicians in clinical settings are available from Year 1.  Following completion of core clinical clerkships in family medicine, pediatrics, internal medicine, surgery, obstetrics and gynecology and psychiatry, students explore a variety of 4th year elective opportunities designed to further develop patient management, clinical reasoning and diagnostic skills in preparation for entry into residency.  You can learn more about the curriculum by visiting MD Academic Overview.

The School's rigorous, engaging and collaborative academic environment fosters the development of community responsive healthcare leaders.  The School opened a second, full four-year campus in Savannah in 2008 at Memorial University Medical Center.  In 2012, the Savannah campus began offering an accelerated track in family medicine.  This track allows exceptionally qualified students the opportunity to graduate with an MD degree in three years and enter the school affiliated family medicine residency program at Memorial University Medical Center.  In 2012, the School opened a clinical campus in Columbus in affiliation with Columbus Regional Health, and St. Francis Hospital in Columbus, GA.  The School also offers master's degrees in family therapy, preclinical sciences and biomedical sciences.

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