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More than 60 percent of graduates choose to practice medicine in Georgia, and the School ranks 2nd in the nation in percentage of graduates who practice in low-income areas in the school’s home state.Mercer University’s School of Medicine doesn’t just provide its top-notch students with a world-class, state-of-the-art medical education; it also teaches them to care for those who need their expertise the most. Since its founding in 1982, the School has made service to the underserved its mission, and every day its students and graduates discover ways to help those in need. In 2008, the School of Medicine opened the doors to its Savannah campus, thus providing more medical students with a Mercer education. 

Many Mercer physicians choose to practice medicine in the most rural and medically underserved communities in the Southeast. But the rising cost to attend medical school, combined with the average student debt a medical student will likely incur, can dissuade even the most altruistic graduates from choosing this path. In fact, the average student indebtedness in Fiscal-Year 2010 was more than $171,000.

In a time where the cost to attend medical school is increasing and state funding is decreasing, we need your help to ensure that Mercer can continue to fulfill its mission: to educate physicians and health professionals to meet the primary care and health care needs of rural and medically underserved areas of Georgia. Gifts to the School of Medicine will provide scholarships to students in need of financial support; give it the ability to hire world-renowned medical educators; and provide state-of-the-art facilities and technology for its students.