MACON – Mercer University School of Medicine is one of the best family medicine medical schools in the nation, according to the annual "Best Graduate Schools" rankings released April 1 by U.S.News & World Report. The School of Medicine is the only medical school in Georgia to be recognized in this category.
In the new category of Family Medicine in U.S. News & World Report's graduate rankings, Mercer School of Medicine ranked 17th among the nation's 126 accredited medical schools.
"Family medicine is the cornerstone of the School of Medicine's mission to serve the health care needs of Georgia's citizens," said Dean Ann C. Jobe. "It is nice to have the quality of our academic program recognized as being among the very best in the nation."
In determining its overall national rankings, U.S.News & World Report considers several quality indicators, including reputation as determined by surveys of medical school deans and senior faculty; amount of research funding from the National Institutes of Health; primary care rate; student selectivity; and faculty/student ratios.
U.S.News & World Report's Best Graduate Schools complete rankings for 2005 will be published in a special book, America's Best Graduate Schools, available April 1. Results are also available online at www.usnews.com.
About Mercer University and the School of Medicine:
Mercer University's School of Medicine was established 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. The School only accepts Georgia residents into its medical degree program. Students entering Mercer University School of Medicine will be graduated from a school that utilizes a problem-based medical education program that provides early patient care experiences. Such an academic environment fosters the early development of clinical problem-solving and instills in each student an awareness of the place of the basic medical sciences in medical practice.
Founded in 1833, Mercer University has campuses in Macon and Atlanta as well as three regional academic centers. With 10 schools and colleges, the University offers programs in liberal arts, business, engineering, education, medicine, nursing, pharmacy, law and theology. For 15 consecutive years, U.S. News & World Report has named Mercer University as one of the leading universities in the South.