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 be a recognized leader in educating primary care, rural and community-based health professionals by:

  • Improving access to quality health care for Georgia residents
  • Enhancing the health status of Georgia residents
  • Providing an outstanding medical and health science education in an environment that emphasizes professionalism, achievement, discovery, diversity, and inclusion.

    Approved by the Executive Council on December 9, 2014