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  • Mercer University School of Medicine
  • Allopathic Medical School
  • Macon
Individual Feedback 4 3 Responses
General Info

What graduating class are you in?

Response # Responders
2007 0
2008 0
2009 0
2010 0
2011 1
2012 1
2013 1
2014 0
2015 0
2016 0
2017 0
2018 0
2019 0
2020 0
2021 0
2022 0
2023 0
2024 0

Are you pursuing any joint degrees (MD/PhD, MD/MPH, etc.)?

Response # Responders
No 3
BA/DO 0
BS/DO 0
DO/JD 0
DO/MA 0
DO/MBA 0
DO/MPH 0
DO/MS 0
DO/PhD 0
MD/JD 0
MD/MBA 0
MD/MPH 0
MD/MS 0
MD/PhD 0

Are you considered in-state or out-of-state for tuition purposes?

Response # Responders
in-state 3
out-of-state 0
international 0
Not applicable 0

What is your race/ethnic background?

Response # Responders
Caucasian 3
African American 0
Hispanic 0
Asian or Pacific Islander 0
Native American/ Native Alaskan 0
Other/Multiracial 0

Overall, how would you rate this medical program?

Response Avg # Responders
9.00 3

0 = terrible, 10 = world class

What is the reputation of the school in the medical community?

Response Avg # Responders
6.00 3

0 = really bad, 10 = top tier

What is the reputation of the research that goes on at this school?

Response Avg # Responders
3.67 3

0 = really bad, 10 = top tier

What was your MCAT score?

Response Average # Responders
506 3

What was your undergrad GPA?

Response Average # Responders
3.74 3

What was your undergrad science GPA?

Response Average # Responders
3.73 3

What was the zip code of your residence in high school?

30540

30701

30041

What do you like most about this school?

"The learning is self-directed and provides plenty of free time for motivated students to learn independently. There are only 9 hours a week of formal class during the first two years." | Report Response

"The way the PBL curriculum is conducted is amazing. Instead of getting a powerpoint and told exactly what information to regurgitate Mercer teaches you how to hypothesize and problem solve using resources. Going into third year I fully believe that the case based approach to learning has prepared to analyze and present my patients to attendings. Also we have oral exams that allow the chance to analyze and present a case that is representative of a specific system like having a patient with congestive heart failure in cardiology. This gives the chance to learn how to present and analyze a case in SOAP format in the preclinical years." | Report Response

"The schedule during years 1 and 2 is very flexible and you can craft your own study plan." | Report Response

What do you like least about this school?

"The focus is on teaching - not research. Thus there is not a lot of NIH money coming into the school. As a result it's difficult to recruit high-quality faculty who commit to a career at Mercer. The faculty that we do have are outstanding, but they are rare in that they simply love teaching. They do pursue research but most of it is not cutting-edge." | Report Response

"I feel like the community medicine (public health module) could be run more efficiently but aside from that not any major complaints." | Report Response

"PBL can be a time drain but at other times is enjoyable." | Report Response

Please provide any other general comments on your school

"Mercer is a unique school with an equally unique mission and is not for everyone. Our focus is on recruiting students from Georgia who will practice in Georgia. Our admission standards have traditionally been slightly lower than most medical schools which leads applicants to apply to Mercer as a "back-up". They quickly realize that Mercer is still quite competitive (~10% acceptance rate) - we just look at things other than academics and are very good at spotting applicants who are trying to "say the right things". If you are lucky enough to attend Mercer, expect to work hard and read a ton (~28,000 pages over two years). We have EXCELLENT first time USMLE Step 1 pass rates and residency placement is second to none." | Report Response

"I really feel that Mercer provides a excellent education and excels at using the PBL model." | Report Response

"The system that MUSM uses is proven as evidenced by national board scores." | Report Response

Curriculum

How is the curriculum structured?

Response # Responders
Systems-based 3
Traditional 0

How many courses are taken at a given time?

Response # Responders
1 1
2 0
3 0
4 0
5 0
6 0
7 0
8 0
9 0
10 2

How long are you typically in class per day?

Response # Responders
<1 hour 0
1-2 hours 1
2-3 hours 2
3-4 hours 0
4-5 hours 0
5-6 hours 0
6> hours 0

Are courses recorded for medical students?

Response # Responders
Video recording 3
Free note taking service 0
Fee-based note taking service 0
Powerpoint slides provided only 0
None 0

How many days per week is anatomy lab?

Response # Responders
1 1
2 0
3 2
4 0
5 0
6 0
7 0

How many students per cadaver?

Response # Responders
Prosections only 0
1-2 1
3-4 2
5-6 0
7-8 0
>8 0

How long (in months) do you have anatomy?

Response # Responders
3 months 1
6 months 0
9 months 0
12 months 2
24 months 0

Is the curriculum lecture-centric or small-group centric?

Response Avg # Responders
10.00 3

0 = 100% lecture, 10 = 100% small group

Are standardized patients used?

Response # Responders
yes 3
no 0

How much patient interaction is there in the pre-clinical years?

Response Avg # Responders
6.33 3

0 = none, 10 = extensive

Are syllabi provided for the student?

Response # Responders
yes 3
no 0

What books are necessary?

"Depends on the student. All books are available for check-out from the library, but most students prefer to buy their own." | Report Response

"Lots of textbooks, they are the curriculum's basis. Expect to spend close to $800-1000 on textbooks alone. A few that we use are Boron's medical physiology, Robbins Pathological basis of disease, Mark's Medical Biochemistry, Ross Histology and many others." | Report Response

"There is a book for each subject and since you teach yourself, buying them is almost mandatory." | Report Response

Is the curriculum designed to promote a specialty? If so, which specialty?

"The school's mission has traditionally been focused on primary care, but the scope of the mission has evolved with the recognition that underserved areas of Georgia need neurosurgeons as well as family practitioners. The curriculum does not promote one specialty over the other, but the clinical skills and Community Medicine components do promote a generalist mentality." | Report Response

"No" | Report Response

"Curriculum encourages students to enter Family Practice but supports those who choose other specialties." | Report Response

Location & Housing

How do you feel about the location of the school?

Response Avg # Responders
5.33 3

0 = Uncomfortable, 10 = Desirable

Do you feel safe on campus?

Response Avg # Responders
7.33 3

0 = Not safe, 10 = Very safe

How available and convenient is public transportation?

Response Avg # Responders
4.00 3

0 = Non-existent, 10 = Extensive & convenient

Is a car necessary at any point during your education here?

Response # Responders
Pre-clinical years 0
Clinical years 1
All years 2
No 0

If a car is required for education, how available and convenient is the parking provided to students?

Response Avg # Responders
10.00 3

0 = Almost impossible, 10 = Available & convenient

Is on-campus housing available?

Response # Responders
yes 0
no 3

What is the quality of available on-campus housing?

Response Avg # Responders
5.00 3

0 = terrible, 10 = great

What percentage of your medical school classmates would you estimate live on campus, if on-campus housing is available?

Response Avg # Responders
3.33 3

0 = 0%, 10 = 100%

Is couples housing available?

Response # Responders
yes 0
no 2

Is nearby off-campus housing available?

Response # Responders
yes 2
no 0

How expensive is nearby off-campus housing?

Response Avg # Responders
8.00 3

0 = exorbitant, 10 = reasonable

Please describe the on-campus housing if available (i.e., cost, type - studios, 1-br, 2-br, etc.)?

No responses

Cost/Financial Aid

Are fees/tuition expensive?

Response Avg # Responders
2.67 3

0 = exorbitant, 10 = reasonable

How is the cost of living (rent, food, bills, etc.)?

Response Avg # Responders
8.00 3

0 = exorbitant, 10 = reasonable

Are many institutional scholarships/grants available?

Response Avg # Responders
4.67 3

0 = none, 10 = many

Is institutional aid need-based or merit-based?

Response # Responders
Need-based 1
Merit-based 0
Both 2

Faculty/Grades

Are faculty members very open to students during office hours?

Response Avg # Responders
10.00 3

0 = Not at all, 10 = Very open

Are faculty members very available to students via email/message board?

Response Avg # Responders
10.00 3

0 = Not at all, 10 = Very available

Are there many opportunities to shadow/work with clinical faculty?

Response Avg # Responders
9.67 3

0 = none, 10 = lots

Are the faculty willing to mentor students in regards to career guidance?

Response Avg # Responders
9.00 3

0 = no, 10 = very

Is the class ranked?

Response # Responders
yes 1
no 2

How is the instructional faculty during pre-clinical years?

"Excellent. This is a strong-point of Mercer. All faculty are there to teach. Where Mercer is weak in terms of research, they make up for it in terms of quality faculty who are eager to turn average applicants into outstanding physicians." | Report Response

"The faculty is great. We get a nice mix of basic scientists and clinicians. Many of the attends that we will rotate with have already interacted with us during the preclinical years." | Report Response

"The faculty works very closely with the students and strives to have them succeed." | Report Response

How is the instructional faculty during clinical years?

"Equally outstanding. Prepare to work very hard during the 3rd year. On rotations such as surgery and ob/gyn call for 3rd year clerks may be as frequent as q2. But the faculty also grant an unusual amount of independence to medical students and when they write "this students operates at the intern level" in your evaluations they really mean it." | Report Response

"MUSM is associated with MCCG which is one of the biggest hospitals in GA." | Report Response

What is the grading scale used during clinical years?

"The student receives a numerical grade based on clinical evaluations (from residents and attendings), departmental exam, and the NBME shelf exam. Each clerkship weights the components differently. On the student's final transcript, a bar graph is shown for each clerkship which has overall grade on the x-axis (increments of 5 points) and number of students achieving a particular grade on the y-axis. Residencies can see where the student fell in comparison to the class." | Report Response

Clinical Rotations

Are the desired rotation sites easy to obtain?

Response Avg # Responders
7.67 3

0 = difficult, 10 = easy

Is desired rotation order easy to obtain?

Response Avg # Responders
6.33 3

0 = difficult, 10 = easy

Are the elective rotations easy to obtain?

Response Avg # Responders
7.33 3

0 = difficult, 10 = easy

Is there substantial hands-on experience for medical students?

Response Avg # Responders
8.33 3

0 = none, 10 = substantial

Are the rotation sites conveniently accessible for medical students?

Response Avg # Responders
6.67 3

0 = difficult, 10 = accessible

How far are the clinical sites from the main campus?

Response Avg # Responders
7.00 3

0 = far away, 10 = close

How are clinical rotations scheduled? What are the required rotations?

"Students have some say in the order of their rotations. Surgery (8 wk), Pediatrics (8 wk), and Family Medicine (8 wk) make up block B. Internal Medicine (12 wk), ob/gyn (6 wk), and psychiatry (6 wk) make up block A. Whatever block you begin with you must complete the clerkships in that block before going to the next block." | Report Response

"You are allowed to select your first and fourth rotation in third year the rest of the third year is random. (Savannah). I am a second year so many of the following ratings I cannot comment on." | Report Response

What responsibility do med students have on the wards?

"Students are expected to function as an intern. We see all new patients with the intern and are expected to perform our own H&Ps which often are added to the patient's chart. We help admit all patients to our service and write orders. In-hospital call is a component of every rotation except psychiatry and is demanding. On rotations such as surgery, sleep is rare. We write progress notes each morning on our patients, and are expected to present to the attendings. The biggest difference between third year students and interns is the number of patients we carry. Students only carry 2-3 at a time." | Report Response

What is the status/condition of the affiliated hospital(s)?

"Excellent, state-of-the-art. The Medical Center of Central Georgia is the second largest hospital in Georgia and a Level 1 Trauma Center." | Report Response

What is the typical patient population medical students work with?

"An appropriate mixture of indigent and private. Most clerkships with significant in-patient experience are heavy on indigents. Most outpatient-heavy clerkships (i.e. family medicine) are private patients." | Report Response

Social Environment

Do students do a lot of activities outside of school together?

Response Avg # Responders
8.00 3

0 = none, 10 = lots

How would you rank student involvement in extracurricular clubs?

Response Avg # Responders
7.33 3

0 = none, 10 = lots

What is the range of extracurricular clubs available?

Response Avg # Responders
7.00 3

0 = almost none, 10 = wide range

Is the student body cooperative or competitive?

Response Avg # Responders
8.00 3

0 = competitive, 10 = cooperative

Is the environment supportive for underrepresented minorities?

Response Avg # Responders
5.67 3

0 = no, 10 = very

Is the environment supportive for lesbian/gay/bisexual/transsexual students?

Response Avg # Responders
5.00 3

0 = no, 10 = very

Is the environment supportive for married students?

Response Avg # Responders
8.33 3

0 = no, 10 = very

Is the environment supportive for students with disabilities?

Response Avg # Responders
7.33 3

0 = no, 10 = very

Is the environment supportive for older/non-traditional students?

Response Avg # Responders
8.33 3

0 = no, 10 = very

What do the students typically like to do in the area?

"Intramural sports are very popular, especially in the pre-clinical years. They run year round and are well-organized by the University. Because the class size is small, students are generally very close and often organize their own social events including winter formals, Christmas parties, Thanksgiving dinners, etc." | Report Response

Post Graduation

How do graduates from this school fare in residency and clinical practice?

"Students generally do well and obtain the residencies of their choice. While many graduates go on to fulfill the mission of the school by entering primary care, many others choose to specialize. The faculty are supportive of students regardless of their career decisions. Mercer graduates often return to Georgia to practice and are successful in a wide variety of settings." | Report Response

What do you believe residency directors think about graduates from this program?

"Mercer is a small school and is not very well known. Most of the faculty are not well-published leaders in the field as you might expect from a school like Duke or Vanderbilt. However, clinically we are second to none. I believe most of our graduates enter our intern year six months ahead of interns from other schools. We're used to call, we're used to extensive H&Ps, and we're used to presenting to attendings." | Report Response

Is this school known for producing physicians strong in a certain area? If so, which area?

"Mercer produces well-rounded physicians. You won't graduate from Mercer without knowing how to do a pap-smear, deliver a baby, or run a code. Whether you ultimately decide to enter radiology or family medicine you'll know how to use your stethoscope well. Mercer has traditionally been geared towards primary care, but the mission has shifted somewhat and is now more accepting of all specialties. Whatever you decide, you'll be competent to enter residency." | Report Response

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