The School of Medicine at Mercer University

Medical School Admissions

Admissions Policies and Procedures

Details on the policies, preferences, criteria, factors, and procedures used in the admission process. Data appear as originally submitted by this school.

Georgia residency is a requirement for admission.

Admissions Information

Director of admissions Gail Coleman
Application fee $50
AMCAS application accepted Yes
Applications accepted June 1 (Begins)
November 1 Application deadline
Secondary application required Yes
Personal interview required Yes
Regular application acceptance notification November 1 (Begins)
August 1 (Ends)
Students must respond to offer of admission within (weeks) 2
Deferred entrance available Yes
Deposit to hold place in class due at the time of offer
Early decision plan offered Yes
Early decision application period June 1 (Begins)
August 1 (Ends)
Early decision plan notification date October 1
Starting month (class of 2013-2014) August

Admissions & Enrollment

MCAT Scores, GPA, and Coursework Requirements

Average undergraduate GPA 3.50
Oldest MCAT considered 2009
Average MCAT scores 9.1 MCAT composite score
9.5 biological
8.6 physical sciences
9.1 verbal reasoning
O writing
Required undergraduate coursework
biology
organic chemistry
inorganic (general) chemistry
physics

Medical School Academics

Program Offerings

AIDS internal medicine
drugs/alcohol abuse pediatrics
family medicine rural medicine
geriatrics women’s health

Student/Patient Interaction

How often do first-year students come into contact with patients through the school curriculum? Very frequently
Are there opportunities for first- or second-year students to work in community health clinics? Yes
Do all students spend time with community practicing physicians in community-based, ambulatory settings during the course that teaches basic clinical skills (e.g., history taking/physical diagnosis)? Yes
Do all students spend time with community practicing physicians in community-based, ambulatory settings during an introductory course aimed at introducing students to medical practice? No

Stress Relief Services Offered

(Data appear as originally submitted by this school.)

Services
expanded-hour gym access
peer counseling
professional counseling
religious support

Faculty

Full-time faculty-student ratio 0.8:1 – Low
Full-time faculty 306
Part-time faculty 891
Full-time faculty in basic sciences 51
Part-time faculty in basic sciences 12
Full-time faculty in clinical program 255
Part-time faculty in clinical program 879

2011 National Institutes of Health (NIH) Research Grants

NIH funds granted to medical school and affiliated hospitals (in millions) $1.1
NIH-funded grants received by medical school and affiliated hospitals 4
Principal investigators (PIs) 4
Full-time faculty working on NIH research grants 7

Teaching Hospitals

Primary teaching hospitals affiliated with this medical school where clinical teaching or training is carried out.

Hospitals
Medical Center of Central Georgia
Memorial University Medical Center

Curricula Descriptions

(Data appear as originally submitted by this school.)

Four-year program curriculum
Please see our website for complete information

Medical School Ranking

Rank Not Published Best Research
Rank Not Published Best Primary Care

(1) Ranking by Specialties

#22 in Rural medicine

Research Ranking Scores

Score N/A
Peer assessment score (out of 5) 2.0
Residency directors assessment score (out of 5) 2.4
NIH funds granted to medical school and affiliated hospitals (in millions) $1.1
NIH research grant funds per faculty member (in thousands) $3.76

Primary Care Ranking Scores

Score N/A
Peer assessment score (out of 5) 2.7
Residency directors assessment score (out of 5) 2.6
Graduates entering primary care specialties (2009-2011 average) 41.0% – Medium

Ranking Admission Statistics

Average undergraduate GPA 3.50
MCAT composite score 9.1
Acceptance rate 16.5% – High
Full-time faculty-student ratio 0.8:1 – Low
Total medical school enrollment 387

Medical School Student Body

Student Body

Total medical school enrollment 387
In-state students 100.0%
Minority students 19.6%
Underrepresented minority students 7.5%
International students 0.0%
Non-traditional students 14.0%

Medical School Cost

Financial Aid Contact Information

Financial aid director Youvette Hudson
Financial aid phone (478) 301-2853

Expenses

Tuition
Full-time: $41,457
Required fees $300
Room and board $14,290
Average indebtedness of 2010 graduates who incurred medical school debt $171,043

Financial Aid Availability

Students receiving any financial aid 95%
Students receiving loans 86%
Students receiving grants/scholarships 52%
Students receiving work study 0%

Medical School Residency

Residency Program Admissions (Class of 2011)

Graduates admitted to their first-choice residency program 56.3%
Graduates admitted to one of their top three choices of residency programs 78.1%
Most popular residency and specialty programs (2010 and 2011 classes)
anesthesiology otolaryngology
emergency medicine pediatrics
internal medicine radiology – diagnostic
obstetrics and gynecology surgery – general
orthopaedic surgery internal medicine/pediatrics

Primary Care and In-State Residencies

Graduates entering primary care specialties (2009-2011 average) 41.0% – Medium
Graduates accepting in-state residencies (2010 and 2011 average) 24.8%