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Mercer University School of Medicine
Mercer University School of Medicine
  • Year founded: 1982
  • ENROLLED TOTAL: 97
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Mercer University School of Medicine (MUSM)
Allopathic Medical School
Macon
In-State Applicants Favored
  • SDN RANKING 3
  • INTERVIEW FEEDBACK 4 82 Responses
  • SCHOOL REVIEWS 5 3 Responses

Overview

Overview

School Stats

  • Resident Tuition $41,457
  • Non - Resident Tuition $41,457
  • Application Fee $90
  • AVG MCAT 505
  • AVG GPA 3.7
  • LIZZYM Score 65.0

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Admissions Information

  • Office of Admissions
  • 1550 College Street
  • Macon 31207
  • United States

School Overview

School Info

Mercer University's School of Medicine was established in Macon in 1982 to educate physicians and health professionals to meet the primary care and health care needs of rural and medically underserved areas of Georgia. Today, there are three campuses and five affiliated clinical partners, the Medical Center, Navicent Health; Memorial University Medical Center; Columbus Regional and St. Francis Hospital (learn more by visiting Academic Clinical Partners). More than 60 percent of Mercer graduates currently practice in the state of Georgia, and of those, more than 80 percent are practicing in rural or medically underserved areas of Georgia.

Curriculum

The Mercer education program is a competency based, integrated, clinically relevant problem-based curriculum that includes early longitudinal clinical skills and community medicine experiences. Embedded in the curriculum are opportunities for early patient care experiences. Following the completion of core clinical clerkships in family medicine, pediatrics, internal medicine, surgery, Ob/Gyn and psychiatry; students explore a variety of 4th year elective opportunities which are designed to further develop patient management, clinical reasoning and diagnostic skills in preparation for entry into residency. Mercer's rigorous, engaging and collaborative academic environment fosters the development of community responsive health care leaders.

Facilities

The partnership of The Medical Center of Central Georgia (MCCG) and the Mercer University School of Medicine (MUSM), which began with the construction of MUSM in 1982, has led to a pattern of excellence in graduate medical education. The MUSM Educational Center at MCCG, constructed in 1982, provides space for medical education activities, and contains the Office of the MUSM Associate Dean for Graduate and Continuing Medical Education/MCCG Director of Medical Education. For coordination between MCCG and MUSM, the MCCG Medical Director also serves as MUSM Senior Associate Dean for Clinical Affairs. With this degree of cooperation, a strong university medical center environment has been established that has benefited medical students, residency programs and the MUSM faculty, both clinical and basic science.

Interview Feedback

Interview Feedback

Results Overview

How did the interview impress you?

Response # Responders
Positively 71
Negatively 5
No change 0

What was the stress level of the interview?

Response Avg # Responders
2.54 78

0 = low, 10 = high

How you think you did?

Response Avg # Responders
8.22 64

0 = low, 10 = high

Select Questions & Recent Responses

What are your suggestions for the admissions office?

"Try to explain the admissions process of the school in more detail, if possible. Such as committee meeting times, how decisions are made, etc. Thank you for being so friendly!" More from this Member | Report Response

"N/A" More from this Member | Report Response

"They were fantastic and replied promptly to emails!" More from this Member | Report Response

"Give better directions" More from this Member | Report Response

"Especially at the Savannah campus, put your best faces forward especially with interviews. My entire interview process was awkward, and that came from the demeanor of the interviewers themselves." More from this Member | Report Response

"None. Everyone in the admissions office was helpful and very friendly." More from this Member | Report Response

"I would prefer an up to date finacial aid packet. The information they gave me seems to be the same" More from this Member | Report Response

"I could have used some help getting to and from my interviews. There were a couple of awkward momen" More from this Member | Report Response

"Hand out more info because the website is lame and they don't give out info about curriculum" More from this Member | Report Response

"I enjoyed the how up front Mary was about the process. They advise you that the students eating lunc" More from this Member | Report Response

"None! Keep up the great work." More from this Member | Report Response

"NA" More from this Member | Report Response

"Financial aid talk could have been better" More from this Member | Report Response

What is one of the specific questions they asked you (question 1)?

"Where do you generally think you will plan to practice?" More from this Member | Report Response

"Why medicine" More from this Member | Report Response

"What are your study habits?" More from this Member | Report Response

"Why do I want to go in surgery?" More from this Member | Report Response

"Do you enjoy teaching others? Why?" More from this Member | Report Response

"Why did you fail this course?" More from this Member | Report Response

"What was the last book I read?" More from this Member | Report Response

"Tell me about a patient who has influenced you." More from this Member | Report Response

"Why do you want to become a doctor?" More from this Member | Report Response

"What was the most recent book you read for pleasure?" More from this Member | Report Response

"Do you see yourself practicing in Georgia in a rural/underserved area?" More from this Member | Report Response

"All of my questions were specific to my file." More from this Member | Report Response

"What do you think about cap and trade." More from this Member | Report Response

"What separates you from other candidates?" More from this Member | Report Response

"I am interested to hear your reflections on the current healthcare crisis and legislation." More from this Member | Report Response

"Explain your extra-curricular activities" More from this Member | Report Response

"Mercer has a specific mission. How have you demonstrated your commitment to that mission?" More from this Member | Report Response

"How'd you arrive at the decision to be a doctor?" More from this Member | Report Response

"Where do you want to live when you complete your medical training?" More from this Member | Report Response

"Why do you want to stay in GA if none of your family lives here?" More from this Member | Report Response

"How do you study for your classes- very specifically... " More from this Member | Report Response

"How did i prepare for the MCAT" More from this Member | Report Response

"Do you play any instruments?" More from this Member | Report Response

"What makes a good doctor?" More from this Member | Report Response

"Please explain your grades and why you want to be a doctor" More from this Member | Report Response

"Why Mercer?" More from this Member | Report Response

"What was the last book you read?" More from this Member | Report Response

"tell me about your research." More from this Member | Report Response

"Do you plan to practice in Georgia?" More from this Member | Report Response

"If you had to choose today, what would you specialize in? Why?" More from this Member | Report Response

"What is the role of a general practice doctor in rural areas?" More from this Member | Report Response

"How do you think America's healthcare can be fixed?" More from this Member | Report Response

"Why did I choose medicine? What do you feel is Mercer's mission?" More from this Member | Report Response

"Whats the difference between Allopathic and Osteopathic?" More from this Member | Report Response

"What type of practice do you see yourself going into?" More from this Member | Report Response

"Tell me about why you want to be a physician." More from this Member | Report Response

"Tell me about your family." More from this Member | Report Response

"What is your country of origin? - Bruce Innes. Does it occur to him that Americans come in other colors besides black and white?" More from this Member | Report Response

"Tell me about you. (Be prepared and practice this, it will happen)" More from this Member | Report Response

"Do you think there is a problem with the American Healthcare System?" More from this Member | Report Response

"You were rejected last year, did you even make the wait list?" More from this Member | Report Response

"Describe an ideal town for you to work in." More from this Member | Report Response

"Tell me about your self, your school, and your family. What do you like to do in your free time?" More from this Member | Report Response

"Why do you want to be a doctor?" More from this Member | Report Response

"Tell me what you know about our problem based learning system?" More from this Member | Report Response

"Why med school/Mercer and how do you feel about the presidential candidates, policies towards health care. (before the election)" More from this Member | Report Response

"Tell me a little about yourself?" More from this Member | Report Response

"When did you know you want to be a doctor? Since when did you think about coming to Mercer?" More from this Member | Report Response

"Why Mercer? Why do you want to be a physician? " More from this Member | Report Response

"What will you do if you don't get into med-school?" More from this Member | Report Response

"Would you fit well in a PBL environment?" More from this Member | Report Response

"What do you know about Mercer?" More from this Member | Report Response

"Tell me about yourself." More from this Member | Report Response

"Why medicine?" More from this Member | Report Response

"What type of books do you like to read?" More from this Member | Report Response

"See above. What was the most recent book you read? " More from this Member | Report Response

"What do you like to do for fun?" More from this Member | Report Response

"What is professionalism and how does it relate to the practice of medicine?" More from this Member | Report Response

What was the most interesting question?

"If a patient came into your office unable to pay, what would you do?" More from this Member | Report Response

"(In line with the current conversation)"What would you do if a bear was chasing you?"" More from this Member | Report Response

"None. All were generic." More from this Member | Report Response

"Why would you choose Mercer over MCG?" More from this Member | Report Response

"After 20 years in medicine, what would make you say you were successful as a physician?" More from this Member | Report Response

"Which campus do you want to attend and why?" More from this Member | Report Response

"Do I know the African American history of Savannah? (I am an African American studies minor)" More from this Member | Report Response

"So how about that Georgia - Florida game last weekend?" More from this Member | Report Response

"Tell me about your hometown?" More from this Member | Report Response

"What experiences and lessons from your career as a high school teacher do you think will be most influential in your practice of medicine?" More from this Member | Report Response

"Tell me a time you had to do something difficult or had no idea how to do, and how did you handle it?" More from this Member | Report Response

"Which of the seven deadly sins is the worst? (Relative to my file -- I worked on a play festival with this theme.)" More from this Member | Report Response

"How did you study for the MCAT?" More from this Member | Report Response

"Asked about my conflict management skills and really investigated my interpersonal skills to assess potential fit with the PBL approach." More from this Member | Report Response

"Who is your favorite professional tennis player? (I am an avid tennis player)" More from this Member | Report Response

"Why mercer?" More from this Member | Report Response

"Why is X your favorite author" More from this Member | Report Response

"What kinds of adventures have you been on in your life? (In reference to a statement I had made about my parents supporting me through all my adventures.) " More from this Member | Report Response

"He quoted a part of one of my rec letters & asked me to interpret why I thought the writer said that." More from this Member | Report Response

"Tell me why you want to come to Mercer." More from this Member | Report Response

"What do you know about problem-based learning?" More from this Member | Report Response

"What kind of echinoderms did you study on your study abroad trip?" More from this Member | Report Response

"How did i think the curriculum would enable me to be a good physician" More from this Member | Report Response

"What do you feel you can contribute to the PBL curriculum." More from this Member | Report Response

"Tell me something that isnt in your application." More from this Member | Report Response

"Do you know how to hit an inside curveball?" More from this Member | Report Response

"''Lets talk about those grades and why you did so poorly when you knew you wanted to go to medical school''" More from this Member | Report Response

"Why do you feel you would fit in with problem based learning?" More from this Member | Report Response

"''You play guitar? Oh, awesome, what kind of music do you like to play?''" More from this Member | Report Response

"How will you deal with the stress and amount of reading required in medical school?" More from this Member | Report Response

"what events did you swim in high school? tell me about high school?" More from this Member | Report Response

"How do you plan to incorporate travel into your career as a physician?" More from this Member | Report Response

"As a paramedic, what were the most memorable and difficult experiences you've had?" More from this Member | Report Response

"Do you like Macs or PCs?" More from this Member | Report Response

"Do you like to read?" More from this Member | Report Response

"What influenced me to minor in religion? Various questions about my extracurricular activites." More from this Member | Report Response

"Would you support a system in which all med students were forced to attend a medical mission say in Indonesia to help with Malaria?" More from this Member | Report Response

"What the last book I read was." More from this Member | Report Response

"Do you feel like doctor's today are considered compassionate by their patients?" More from this Member | Report Response

"Why would you want to stay in GA?" More from this Member | Report Response

"Do you think there should be a medical school in the southeast region of Georgia?" More from this Member | Report Response

"Name some books that you have read." More from this Member | Report Response

"What do you feel is the biggest problem facing healthcare today and what sort of solution would you propose?" More from this Member | Report Response

"Why should Mercer accept you over anybody else?!" More from this Member | Report Response

"How far in advance would you begin preparing for an exam?" More from this Member | Report Response

"Tell me about your Grandmother's Steinway Grand Piano." More from this Member | Report Response

"What do you see as the worst aspect of medicine?" More from this Member | Report Response

"Would you ever be able to empathize with a blind person?" More from this Member | Report Response

"What do I think of the "political" situation and the US involvement in Iraq?" More from this Member | Report Response

"None were out of the ordinary, mostly talking about my self. Very conversational. Examples: Tell me about your school? Why do you want to be a physician? What will you do if you don't get in this year?" More from this Member | Report Response

"Pick a current event and talk about it in your owns words. (I picked the tsunamis and got asked which ocean and which countries were affected! Luckily I knew!!)" More from this Member | Report Response

"Describe what you would like to be a typical day in your life 10 years down the road." More from this Member | Report Response

"Nothing really. All we did was talk about myself and why i wanted to come to Mercer" More from this Member | Report Response

"One of my interviewers asked how I would participate if I was in a group discussion to solve a problem. Once I answered he then asked me to give him a specific example in which I applied my answer to the previous question in real life. Kinda caught me off guard with the specific example." More from this Member | Report Response

"Discribe the difference between my generation and my parents/grandparents generation." More from this Member | Report Response

"What would an ideal physician be like? How do you compare to this ideal physician?" More from this Member | Report Response

"Nothing really interesting. All the usual questions." More from this Member | Report Response

"One of my interviews led into a few questions about "study habits and methods." It was an opportunity to provide insight about test prep and self discipline. " More from this Member | Report Response

"What was one of your most important experiences in a medical setting?" More from this Member | Report Response

"Questions specifically about my background" More from this Member | Report Response

"What do you like to do in your free time?" More from this Member | Report Response

"None were really that interesting." More from this Member | Report Response

"The interviewer told me that the LCME uses four words to describe/evaluate qualities that med students should have -- he made me guess what those 4 words were." More from this Member | Report Response

"Do you like the Nutcracker? (My interviewer played it during the interview.)" More from this Member | Report Response

"Describe a time in your life when you taught yourself how to do something (without any help)." More from this Member | Report Response

"Why are you interested in practicing in an underserved community?" More from this Member | Report Response

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Individual Responses

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School Reviews

School Reviews

Results Overview

Overall, how would you rate this medical program?

Response Avg # Responders
9.00 3

0 = terrible, 10 = world class

How do you feel about the location of the school?

Response Avg # Responders
5.33 3

0 = Uncomfortable, 10 = Desirable

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

Response Avg # Responders
8.00 3

0 = exorbitant, 10 = reasonable

Are the elective rotations easy to obtain?

Response Avg # Responders
7.33 3

0 = difficult, 10 = easy

Select Questions & Recent Responses

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

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