Family Medicine - Savannah Campus

Robert Pallay, M.D., Academic Chair & Program Director

Greetings from the department of Family Medicine.  Whether you’re an undergraduate student seeking information on our unique 3 year MD program leading to a residency in Family Medicine, a current medical student looking for information on our Family Medicine clerkship and elective opportunities or a current medical student seeking a residency position you’ll find plenty of helpful information.

In 2012, the Mercer University School of Medicine  instituted an innovative 3-year accelerated medical school curriculum track that culminates in the M.D. degree and prepares students for early entry into a standard 3-year family medicine residency curriculum in affiliated Family Medicine programs at either campus.  This unique accelerated curriculum builds upon the strengths of the Mercer School of Medicine problem-based curriculum with clinical experiences and community medicine activities built into the preclinical curriculum and reinforced through clerkships and selective and elective experiences.
The Family Medicine Clerkship is an 8-week experience that involves both ambulatory care and in-service patient care experiences. The overall goal of the family medicine clerkship is to provide an outstanding learning experience for all medical students.  We strive to ensure that students develop the knowledge base necessary to obtain the core knowledge that is considered necessary to the practice of medicine.
Memorial University Medical Center (MUMC), a 530-bed tertiary care facility with the region’s only trauma center, has an affiliation with Mercer University School of Medicine and has been the home of Mercer’s second campus since 2008. Our entire faculty holds academic appointments in the Mercer University School of Medicine. 

The faculty’s offices are located in the Family Medicine Center just two blocks from MUMC and the Mercer University School of Medicine. The Family Medicine Center was built in 1993 and has 20 exam rooms, 21 cubicles for resident and student desks, and staff services. Our residents are partners with the faculty in a full-service group family medicine practice.

Our students and residents can experience the full spectrum of care, including morning rounds, busy days in the office, and unpredictable late-night calls to labor and delivery. A typical day also includes noontime lectures most days of the week, with presentations by local and guest faculty.  

As our nation's healthcare system evolves, we are confident that the students and residents trained at Memorial University Medical Center will be prepared to practice in this new era of medicine. 


Robert Pallay, M.D.
Academic Chair & Program Director
1107 East 66th St., Savannah, GA 31404