About the School of Medicine

Mercer’s School of Medicine was established in 1982 to educate physicians and health professionals to meet the primary care and healthcare needs of rural and medically underserved areas of Georgia through education, service, research and collaboration. Today, a majority of graduates practice in the state of Georgia, and Mercer is a leader in the nation for those who are practicing in rural or medically underserved areas.

The School’s educational environment is founded on a patient-based learning philosophy that is case-driven and provides early patient care experiences. This innovative, hands-on approach results in better long-term retention of content and prepares students for a variety of clinical challenges. Following their second year, medical students participate in core clinical clerkships at the School’s primary teaching hospitals: Memorial University Medical Center/HCA, Savannah; Piedmont Columbus Regional, Columbus; St. Francis Hospital/Emory Healthcare, Columbus; Atrium Health Navicent, Macon; and Piedmont Macon Medical Center, Macon.

With multiple locations throughout Central Georgia, Mercer University School of Medicine offers a campus environment for every type of student. The School’s founding campus is located on the beautiful, historic grounds of Mercer University in Macon. The Savannah campus was established in 2008 and is located on the hospital campus of Memorial University Medical Center. Columbus began as a clinical campus in 2012 and welcomed its first four-year MD class to a new campus in 2021. All three campuses are closely integrated and function as one unit.

The School also offers master’s degrees in family therapy, preclinical sciences, and biomedical sciences as well as a Ph.D. in rural health sciences.