Mission, Vision and Core Values


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


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.

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
* Approved by the Executive Council on December 9, 2014

Statement on Professionalism

Approved by the Executive Council on Feb 5, 2013