Accelerated Track in Family Medicine

Program Overview

This Accelerated Track in Family Medicine (ACT-FM) program allows for students interested in a career in Family Medicine the opportunity to complete their medical school coursework in an accelerated 3 year program of study.  This accelerated curriculum builds upon the strengths of the MUSM problem-based curriculum with clinical experiences and community medicine activities built into the preclinical curriculum and reinforced through clerkships and elective experiences.  The educational objectives for this program are identical to the first three years of the four year MD program.  The curriculum is essentially the same as the curriculum for the 4 year MD program but is compressed into 131 weeks of instructional time and offers more educational contact opportunities between students and the Family Medicine faculty.  This track is currently only available on the Savannah campus.  

Admissions Information

Students may apply for admission in this program following the completion of the Neurology Phase in the spring of Year I.  Students must demonstrate a commitment to excellence and a strong desire to enter into a career in Family Medicine. Since this program is an accelerated three year curriculum, demonstrated evidence of academic excellence is a requirement for acceptance. Only students who meet the following criteria will be considered for the program:

  1. Strong motivation to enter into Family Medicine
  2. Maturity necessary to be successful in an accelerated three year program
  3. An excellent academic record

Once accepted, a student may remain in the program as long as they remain satisfactory in all educational programs.  A student who becomes unsatisfactory in any program will be returned to the four year MD program.  A student may opt to return to the four year MD program at any time.  

First year medical students must meet the following criteria for consideration:

An excellent academic record evidenced by:

  • An overall MDE average of at least 70% after the Neurology Phase
  • An average tutorial grade of at least 4 the Neurology Phase
  • An average SOCA grade of at least 3.75 the Neurology Phase
  • An overall average in Community Medicine 1 of at least 78%
  • A satisfactory performance in clinical skills

Formal Interview with evidence of:

  • Strong motivation to enter into Family Medicine
  • Maturity necessary to be successful in an accelerated program  

Academic Year Schedule

For more information on the Accelerated Track in Family Medicine contact:

Dr. Tina Thompson
Associate Dean, Academic Affairs-Savannah
E-mail: Thompson_tl@mercer.edu
Telephone:  (912) 350-1721