To educate physicians and health professionals to meet the primary care and health care needs of rural and medically underserved areas of Georgia

Core Mission Areas

TEACHING - Excellence in educational programs that graduate caring, compassionate, competent health professionals.

SCHOLARLY ACTIVITY/RESEARCH - Discovering new knowledge, integrating and applying knowledge to improve the health status of Georgians.

CLINICAL CARE - Providing high quality, patient-centered, cost effective health care services

COMMUNITY SERVICE - Reaching out and partnering with neighborhoods and communities

Core Values

COLLABORATION - Working together and respecting each other’s contributions

COMPASSION - Showing empathy and concern for the well-being of others

COMPETENCE - Demonstrating mastery of skills of one’s profession or vocation

EXCELLENCE - Performing at the highest level and exceeding the expectations of those we serve

INTEGRITY - Unwavering adherence to a professional and ethical code of conduct

RESPECT AND HONESTY - Conducting ourselves in a manner that demonstrates the value of each individual

SERVICE - Offering our talents and skills toward betterment of our communities


To improve access to quality health care and enhance the health status of Georgia residents and to be a recognized leader in educating primary care, rural and community-based health professionals.

Endorsed by MUSM Board of Governors, November 15, 2002

Diversity Statement

Mercer University School of Medicine is privileged to be located in Georgia, a state with a unique, diverse, and evolving heritage. Mercer is committed to serving Georgia by educating physicians and other healthcare professionals to meet the healthcare needs of the state's medically underserved.

Mercer University School of Medicine believes that an environment of inclusiveness, equal opportunity, acceptance, and respect for the similarities and differences in our community is essential for excellence in the fulfillment of our mission. An atmosphere where differences are valued leads to the training of a culturally competent healthcare workforce qualified to meet the needs of the varied populations of our state and enhances the development of professionalism in our students. Further, we believe that institutional diversity fuels the scholarly advancement of knowledge in an atmosphere of free inquiry and expression.

The School of Medicine adopts a definition of diversity that embraces race, ethnicity, gender and gender identity, religion, sexual orientation, social and cultural attributes, rural or metropolitan background, and disability. The definition of diversity also includes life experiences, record of service and employment, and other talents and personal attributes that can enhance the scholarly and learning environment.

The School of Medicine seeks to attain a diverse learning environment through the recruitment, enrollment, hiring, and retention/graduation of students, faculty, staff, and leadership who meet this definition of diversity. We also seek to deliberately and thoughtfully utilize the benefits of diversity in our interactive, team-based educational programs.

Approved by the MUSM Executive Council, December 4, 2012