Primary Care Accelerated Track (PC-ACT) Program

Three Sites, Two Tracks, One Primary Care Mission

This program allows for students interested in a career in family medicine or general internal medicine the opportunity to complete their medical school coursework in an accelerated 3-year program of study.

This PC-ACT 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 continued longitudinal clinical experiences at the ACT site, clerkships, sub-internships, and elective experiences.

The educational objectives for this program are comparable to those for the four-year MD program. The curriculum is essentially the same as the curriculum for the 4-year MD program but is compressed into 130 weeks of instructional time.

The program offers more educational contact opportunities between students and the respective residency faculty in the chosen specialty at their assigned site. The Family Medicine Accelerated Track is offered in Savannah, Macon, and Columbus. The Internal Medicine Accelerated Track is offered in Savannah and Macon. The plan for student graduates of the PC-ACT Program at Mercer is to complete their residency training at their ACT site.

Students may apply for admission in this program as a first-year medical student and through direct admission following acceptance of admission to the four-year program.

Applicants must be accepted to MUSM's 4 year M.D. program prior to applying for the Accelerated Track.

Students must demonstrate a commitment to excellence and a strong desire to enter a career in family medicine or general internal 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:

 A firm commitment to primary care

Maturity necessary to be successful in an accelerated three year program

A strong 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.


Year 1
Fall Semester

Foundations of Medicine
Professional Growth and Developmenent

Spring Semester
Organ Systems--Block 1
Population Health

Year 2

Fall Semester
Biomedical Problem Program
Clinical Skills
Community Medicine
Family Medicine/Community Medicine (Family Medicine Track Only)
Internal Medicine/Community Medicine (Internal Medicine Track Only)
Londitudinal Rotation

Spring Semester
Biomedical Problem Program
Clinical Skills
Longitudinal Rotation

Year 3

Three Clerkships are taken each semester
Surgery 8 weeks
Pedatrics 8 weeks
Psychiatry 4 weeks
Obstetrics/Gynecology 6 weeks
Family Medicine 4 weeks
Emergency Medicine 2 weeks
Family Medicine/Community Medicine (Family Medicine Track Only)
Internal Medicine/Community Medicine (Internal Medicine Track Only)
Longitudinal Course


Students enrolled in the 3 year Accelerated Track Program are eligible to receive the Primary Care Mission Scholarship. The scholarship covers 100% tuition for the final 2 years of medical school in exchange for a commitment to practice either Family Medicine or General Internal Medicine for 3 years in a rural or medically underserved Georgia county. The Medical practice must accept Medicaid patients. (Other primary care specialties may be added at a later date.)


Family Medicine

State of the Art Family Health Center: a 42-exam room, Level 3 Patient Centered Medical Home setting with onsite lab, x-ray, procedures and Behavioral Therapy. 

Full spectrum hospital Family Medicine care with continuity for our ICU, Ob, Pediatric and Palliative patients.

Strong Integrative Medicine in Residency curriculum woven throughout the program, including hands-on training in manual, botanical, and mind-body medicine.

Family Medicine Residency information can be found here. 


Excellent training in fullscope family medicine, including procedures, with flexibility in the curriculum to pursue personal interests within the specialty.

Passionate faculty with unique backgrounds who are dedicated to an environment that promotes high quality learning and work-life balance.

Program focus on serving a diverse patient population and engaging the community.

Family Medicine Residency information can be found here.  

Low faculty to student ratio allows for more personalized experience.

Training at multiple hospitals giving you a greater diversity of experiences.

Students often get to work one on one with attending acting as first assistant.

Family Medicine Residency information can be found here


Internal Medicine

  • Residents are able to train in a broad and richly diverse inpatient and outpatient setting.
  • Program is dynamic, adaptive and small enough to have excellent collegial communication.
  • Good balance autonomy and supervised teaching.

Internal Medicine Residency Information can be found here



  • Strong core clinical faculty, outstanding 1:1 faculty/ACTstudent/resident interaction.
  • Excellent training site for primary care — 100% board pass rate with many graduates opting for primary care practice upon graduation.

Internal Residency Program information can be found here.  

Savannah Internal Medicine Co-Director

Dr. Desh Nepal, Savannah IM-ACT Co-Director Dr. Desh NepalDr. Callie Downing, Savannah IM-ACT Co-Director Dr. Callie Downing

Please contact Dr. Susan Codone at for more information.