The University System of Georgia includes all state-operated institutions of higher education. The school is part of
this system. The medical school, founded in 1828, is
located in Augusta, which is on the south bank of the
Savannah River, midway between the Great Smoky
Mountains and the Atlantic Coast.
4-year modern. First and second years: During the preclinical years, students acquire the building blocks of
basic science and the skills required for clinical decision
making and patient interaction. The modular content of
the curriculum is taught in lectures, labs with integrated
clinical conferences, and small-group activities. The
year begins with the cellular and Systems Processes
Module and a Brain and Behavior Module. Offered concurrently with the basic science modules, the yearlong
Essentials and Clinical Medicine course emphasizes
family, cultural, and population aspects of health care,
communication skills, information retrieval and analysis, health promotion/disease prevention, ethics, history
taking with children and adults, and a community project. The Essentials of Clinical Medicine course is a
2-year sequence that emphasizes those skills needed to
prepare students for the third year. Second year: Essentials of Clinical Medicine addresses interviewing and
physical examination, common medical problems, and
interdisciplinary topics such as ethics, nutrition, and the
impact of behavior on health while highlighting principles of patient care for each stage of life. Cellular and
Systems Disease States is a yearlong module divided
into 5 systems-based blocks. In this module, students
are exposed to the topics of medical microbiology,
pathology, and pharmacology in the context of clinical
medicine. Third year: The required core clerkships: in
internal medicine, pediatrics, family medicine, ob/gyn,
surgery, psychiatry, and neurology. Fourth year: Students must complete 4-week rotations in emergency
medicine, critical care, and an acting internship in medicine, family medicine, or pediatrics. The remainder of
the fourth year is for elective study, which can include
both clinical and research courses.
Minority admissions: The college conducts an intensive
recruitment program and is committed to increasing
minority representation in the student body. Other
degree programs: MD-PhD programs are offered in a
variety of disciplines including endocrinology.
as courses in English sufficient to satisfy baccalaureate
degree requirements. Biochemistry is recommended.
Very strong preference is given to state residents, as well
up to 5% of nonresidents will be admitted in any given
year. Potential nonresident applicants need to have especiallystrongcredentialstobegivenseriousconsideration.
Selection is made on the basis of an assessment of
the applicant’s achievements and potential based on
credentials and recommendations received, MCAT
scores, and interview performance. Transfer and
are considered on a space-available basis.
Letter grades are used. Steps 1 and 2 of the USMLE are
required of all students.
Teaching: Basic sciences are taught primarily in the
place at the Medical College of Georgia Hospital and
Clinics (540 beds) and affiliated hospitals and practice
sites in the city and across the state. Library: The library
Access to electronic databases and interlibrary loan is
available. Housing: Accommodations are available in 4
residence halls for single students. One- and 2-bedroom
apartments are available for married students.