FAQs - MD Program Application & Admissions
This Page refers to Questions by applicants to the M.D. program at MUSM. If you wish to apply for Transfer to Year 3 of the MD program, please visit this page for information. If you are seeking admission to another program at MUSM, please visit this page.
1. I am a US citizen and a resident of the state of GA. I was a GA resident 10 years ago. I am interested in applying to the MD program at MUSM. I noted that one needs to be a GA resident in order to apply to the MD program at Mercer University School of Medicine. Are there any exceptions to this requirement to be a GA resident at the time of applying to the MD program at MUSM?
There are no exceptions - an applicant must be a resident of the state of Georgia at the time of submitting an application, and must have established domicile by July 1 of the year prior to the expected year of matriculation. Additionally, as for US citizenship status, we accept only U.S. citizens and U.S. permanent residents. Other eligibility criteria are noted here.
2. Could you provide Applicant, Acceptee and Matriculant Statistics for the 2015-16 Admissions Cycle?
Please see here.
3. Do you accept applications to transfer to the M.D. program?
Applications to transfer to Year 3 of the MD program at MUSM may be considered if there are available positions. More information here.
4. What are the pre-requisite courses for eventual acceptance into the M.D. program?
These are noted here.
5. Do I have to be a science major to apply to the M.D. program at Mercer?
No. We suggest that an applicant major in an area that interests them and take the pre-requisite courses. Close to 70% of those accepted to the M.D. program have majored in biology, biological sciences or a premedical track, and the remainder complete their degree in a variety of other disciplines.
6. I am extremely interested in applying to the M.D. program at Mercer University School of Medicine. I am currently selecting schools on my Primary AMCAS Application. I do not have the option of selecting Mercer School of Medicine. Is this a technical glitch?
If you designated a state other than GA as the state of legal residence on your Primary AMCAS application, Mercer University School of Medicine will not appear in the list of schools you can submit an application to. This is not a technical glitch. Applicants to the MD program must be GA residents in order to apply to Mercer University School of Medicine.
7. Does MUSM have a post-baccalaureate program?
MUSM does not offer a post-baccalaureate program. Mercer's MD Program does have a linkage agreement with the Post-Baccalaureate program offered by Agnes Scott College in Decatur, Georgia. MUSM offers a Master of Science in Preclinical Sciences program (1 yr graduate degree program), and a Master of Science in Biomedical Sciences program (2 yr graduate degree program).
8. Is there a linkage between the MS-PCS program and the MD program?
There is no linkage between the two programs. Also, there is no linkage between the MS in Biomedical Sciences program and the MD program at MUSM. Students and graduates of the MS-PCS and MS-BMS programs apply to and are accepted to a variety of professional programs including the MD program at MUSM.
9. Does MUSM conduct any program to help disadvantaged applicants prepare a strong application?
During the month of June, Mercer University School of Medicine Admissions Office offers a free, 2 day intensive course titled - How to be a Successful Medical Applicant. This is specifically aimed at enabling eligible applicants to the MD program, particularly disadvantaged applicants, and under-represented minorities present strong applications to a medical school in Georgia. See here for more information.
10. What is the latest date MD applicants invited to an interview are notified?
Early Decision Program (EDP) Applicants: At least by 5:00 PM ET September 6, 2016. If you applied for the EDP and do not receive an e-mail invitation for an interview by Sep 6, please assume that the Admissions Committee is unable to invite you for an interview as an EDP applicant for this cycle. Typically, we defer such applicants to the Regular Pool for this cycle and allow them to submit substantial updates such as a new MCAT score, or grades from recent coursework, recent work / service experiences.
Early Assurance (EA) Program Applicants: At least by 5:00 PM ET September 30, 2016. If you do not receive an interview invitation by this date and time, please assume that the Admissions Committee is unable to offer you a spot in the class entering 2017.
Regular Pool (RP) Applicants: If you are chosen for an interview by the Admissions Committee as a Regular Pool Applicant, you will be notified by e-mail by 5:00 PM ET January 20, 2017. If you submitted a Complete Secondary Application and you do not receive an interview invitation by this date and time, please assume that the Admissions Committee is unable to offer you a spot in the class entering 2017.
11. What do I need to do to be updated regarding the status of my application to the MD program?
Applicants just need to check their e-mail for correspondence from MUSM Admissions Office. Please take care to ensure that e-mails from mercer.edu do not land in your Junk/Spam Folder. Our e-mails go to the e-mail address the applicant specified on their Primary AMCAS Application. E-mail communications that signify a change in your application status are sent from our Application Management Portal AMP; you can additionally view e-mails sent from MUSM Admissions Office Application Management System to the e-mail address on your Primary AMCAS Application by logging on to https://mdapply.mercer.edu with your user name (8 digit AMCAS ID) and password (the password e-mailed along with our Invitation to Submit a Secondary application, unless you changed it later). You can see these e-mails from the Communication Status Tab. This is an alternate way to monitor your Application Status in case you accidentally deleted a status update notification e-mail from our Admissions Office.
12. When will Early Decision Program Applicants be notified?
Applicants that submit a complete application but not invited to an interview will be notified by Sep 6, 2017.
Applicants who interviewed as Early Decision Program Applicants will be notified by Sep 30 of the initial outcome of their application. The initial outcome is one of the following: an offer of acceptance is made; the applicant is rejected and is no longer under consideration; the applicant is deferred to the Regular Pool. Applicants deferred to the Regular Pool remain under consideration by the Admissions Committee along with Regular Pool applicants unless they are notified otherwise. If an EDP applicant rolled over to the Regular Pool does not receive an invitation to be on the Wait List by mid-March 2017, the likelihood of acceptance in the 2016-17 cycle is quite low. Sometimes ED applicants that do not receive an interview invitation as an ED applicant are also deferred to the Regular Pool and remain under consideration. However, if an applicant does not receive an interview invitation by Jan 25, 2018, the applicant can assume the Committee is unable to invite the applicant to an interview for this cycle.
13. When does the Admissions Committee begin accepting Regular Pool applicants?
The Admissions Committee meets on a monthly basis and accepts applicants that have interviewed on a rolling basis. Applicants to the Regular Pool will be accepted beginning mid-October, 2017. An applicant that is discussed in the Oct 2017 meeting but not accepted in that meeting will typically be rolled over to the next few meetings. However, by March 15, 2018, the Admissions Committee will have made as many offers as there are spots in the incoming class (approximately 120 new matriculants for the 2018 entering class), and MUSM Admissions Office would have notified these acceptees.
14. I wish to submit a substantial update to my application after I have interviewed. Is this allowed? How do I submit one?
Applicants who wish to submit a substantial update since their interview may send this as an e-mail attachment (PDF preferred) to email@example.com. The attachment (update) should be complete - the attachment should include the Name, AAMC ID, contact information (e-mail and phone), and a statement by the applicant authorizing the admissions office to include it as an update to their application for the current year. Updates will need to be sent using the e-mail address provided for correspondence on the original AMCAS application. Applicants should include a note within the update itself that the information they submit is correct and accurate to the best of their knowledge. The declaration applicants sign at the time of submitting the Secondary Application applies to updates submitted and authorized by the applicant for inclusion in an applicant's file. We recommend that the updates not be longer than one and one half pages. CVs, resumes, published papers, copies of certificates awarded will not be included in an applicant's file. The admissions office reserves the right to request documentary evidence. If the e-mail address for correspondence has changed since submitting the AMCAS application, please contact the Admissions Office by phone or e-mail to have your contact information up to date and complete.
15. I have submitted a complete application. I have not yet been invited to an interview. I have substantial updates to submit to the admissions committee? Is this allowed? How do I submit one?
For those awaiting an invitation to interview, applicants may submit one substantial update (guidelines same as in # 14 above).
16. Approximately, how many interviews does the Committee conduct per cycle?
For the 2017-18 cycle, the admissions committee estimates interviewing no more than 350 applicants (Early Decision, Early Assurance and Regular Pool Aplicants) combined.
17. What does an invitation to be on the Wait List signify? Approximately, how many applicants are invited to take a position on the Alternate (Wait) List?
An invitation to be on the Wait List is sent to interviewed applicants that the committee would like to continue to consider beyond March 15. The Wait List may consist of about 180 applicants. Please be aware that an invitation to be on the Alternate List is not an offer of acceptance. Waitlisted applicants that do not hear of a final decision by March 15 are encouraged to reapply if they feel strongly that MUSM is the right place for them.
18. When will interviewed applicants hear a decision regarding their application?
The Committee considers and accepts applicants for the Early Decision pool in the month of September, and those applying to the Regular Pool on a monthly basis starting in October. Applicants who applied for Early Decision but are not accepted by September 30 will be deferred to the Regular Pool for that cycle unless they are informed otherwise by the Admissions Office. For applicants that have interviewed, the Admissions Office sends a detailed e-mail correspondence with regard to the timeline for notification regarding admissions decisions. If you have questions regarding the status of your application that are not answered by please call our admissions office at (478) 301-2542.
19. Who is the Point of Contact for Current Applicants to the MD Program at MUSM?
The best way to reach us is to e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org. Phone: 478-301-2542
20. What is Mercer University School of Medicine Admissions Office's Mailing Address?
For regular mail, please use: Mercer University School of Medicine Admissions Office, 1501 Mercer University Dr, Macon, GA 31207.
If you are sending FedEx packets, mail them to: Mercer University School of Medicine Admissions Office, 1550 College St, Macon, GA 31207.
21. Can I schedule an appointment with an admissions counselor regarding the MD program at MUSM?
Please e-mail email@example.com with your name, contact information, and a brief description of your questions, and an admissions counselor will get back in touch with you. Please include MD Application in the Subject Line. We strongly suggest you meet with a premed advisor at your institution as well.
22. Are requests for deferral of matriculation considered?
Yes, requests for deferral of matriculation by 1 year are considered on a case by case basis. The request must be made via e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org by June 30 of the expected year of matriculation.
23. When do classes begin?
The Orientation Week is usually scheduled around mid-August (begins Aug 14, 2017 for the class entering 2017) and classes begin the following Monday.
24. Have you been accepted to the MD program for the class entering August 2017? If so, please also visit http://medicine.mercer.edu/admissions/md/accepted/