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  • Mercer University School of Medicine
  • Allopathic Medical School
  • Macon
The Basics

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

30540

Overall, how satisfied are you with this program?

8 out of 10

What do you like most?

"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

What do you like least?

"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

The Details

Does the student body seem cooperative or competitive?

9 out of 10

Does the environment seem supportive for underrepresented minorities?

5 out of 10

Does the environment seem supportive for lesbian/gay/bisexual/transsexual students?

3 out of 10

Does the environment seem supportive for married students?

10 out of 10

Does the environment seem supportive for students with disabilities?

10 out of 10

Does the environment seem supportive for older/non-traditional students?

10 out of 10

How approachable are faculty members?

10 out of 10

How do students from this program do after graduation - are they adequately prepared for 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 are rotations like?

"5" Report Response

Any other information you want to share?

"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

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