Morehouse School of Medicine is independent of its parent school Morehouse College. Morehouse School of
Medicine is the most recent member of the Atlanta UniversityCenter,whichisanorganizationof6independent
institutions making up the largest predominantly
African-American private educational structure in the
world. It is one of 3 medical schools in the nation
founded by historically African-American institutions. It
was founded in 1975.
4-year traditional. First and second years: Devoted to
the basic medical sciences as well as courses in human
behavior and psychopathology, nutrition, community
medicine, and biostatistics, along with human values in
medicine and introduction to clinical medicine courses.
After completing the first 2 years, students are expected
to have a solid understanding of the principles, concepts, and fundamental facts of the basic sciences.
During the first year, exposure to clinical medicine is
provided by means of assigning each student a preceptor. The school’s strengths lie in its diversified faculty,
small class size, and the fact that courses are taught both
by departmental and interdepartmental faculty. Third
and fourth years: These 2 years involve rotation
through the clinical specialties plus 20 weeks of electives. The curriculum is geared to train students as
public health practitioners who are committed to meeting the primary health care needs of underserved inner
city and rural patients. To this end the philosophy of
viewing the patient as a whole person is emphasized.
This is done by means of a variety of teaching experiences that relate medical conditions to emotional,
social, cultural, and environmental considerations.
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Minority admissions: The school’s recruitment officer
is actively involved in identifying, informing, and
encouraging potential applicants. Other degree programs: The school offers a PhD program in biomedical
sciences as well as a Master of Public Health degree
program. Interested MD students may apply to either
The basic premedical science courses plus 1 year of
college mathematics and English are required. Courses
in biochemistry, embryology, and genetics are recommended. Selection is determined by consideration of
multiple factors, including the undergraduate record,
the quality of the academic program, MCAT scores,
extracurricular activities, and evidence of determination in completing meaningful projects. The applicants
will be judged based on recommendations, an interview, their sense of compassion, integrity, and
perseverance.Adesire to serve in a rural or underserved
area is also a meaningful consideration. Transfer and
advanced standing: Into second year only, provided
space is available. The student must be in good standing at an LCME-accredited medical school.
Letter grades are used. Students must obtain passing
total scores on Steps 1 and 2 of the USMLE for promotion to the third year and graduation, respectively.
Teaching: The first 2 years are taught at the Basic Medical Sciences Building. Clinical training is available at a
number of affiliated hospitals inAtlanta and surrounding
areas. Library: The medical library collection meets both
student and faculty needs. Housing: Not available on
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Founded in 1982, the Morehouse School of Medicine’s National Alumni Association exists to support its alumni, to reach out to potential students, and to help the community.
Morehouse School of Medicine alumni include more than 600 physicians and a dozen Ph.Ds. Morehouse School of Medicine alumni hail from all over the world. The National Alumni Association holds an annual golf tournament to raise funds for student scholarships.