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Atlanta Medical Schools with Degree Summaries

There are two medical schools within five miles of Atlanta. Read an overview of the requirements and admission info for these schools and find out which one is right for you.

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Medical Programs in Atlanta

Students looking for medical schools in the Atlanta area have only a couple options to choose from. This article discusses these two schools, both of which are conveniently located less than ten minutes from downtown. At the end of the article is a table comparing valuable school information, including enrollment numbers, tuition, acceptance rates and more.

  • Situated 2.7 miles from downtown Atlanta, Morehouse School of Medicine offers a Master of Science in Medical Sciences (MSMS), Doctor of Medicine (MD), Doctor of Medicine with Public Health (MD/MPH) and a Doctor of Medicine/Doctor of Philosophy (MD/PhD). The school also offers medical residencies.
  • Students at Emory University, which is 4.7 miles from downtown, can earn an MD, MD/MPH, MD/PhD, Doctor of Medicine with Bioethics (MD/MA) or a Doctor of Medicine with Clinical Research (MD/MSCR).

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Comparison of Schools

Choosing a medical school can be a tough decision. The comparison table below can make it easier to choose the right one.

Morehouse School of Medicine Emory University
School Type 4-year; private not-for-profit 4-year; private not-for-profit
Total Enrollment (2014) 398* 14,769*
Campus Setting Large city Large suburb
Tuition & Fees for Graduate Students (2015-2016) $24,568* $41,940*
% of Students Receiving Some Form of Financial Aid (2014) N/A* 59%*
Acceptance Rate (2014) N/A* 27%*

Source: *NCES College Navigator

Morehouse School of Medicine

Morehouse offers medicine and medical-based research graduate programs. Applicants must have a bachelor's degree from an accredited college with a record of excellent academic achievement in the natural sciences such as biology, chemistry or physics. Some programs at Morehouse are provided in partnership with Emory University and Georgia Tech. Residency programs at the school include family medicine, obstetrics, pediatrics, psychiatry and general surgery. Morehouse is a historically black college.

Master of Science in Medical Sciences

This is a non-thesis program intended to provide enhanced credentials for students who want to apply to medical school. The program includes graduate-level courses in biochemistry, epidemiology, anatomy and physiology to provide a solid science and biology foundation. Students also learn medical terminology, pharmacology and fundamental basics in several discrete medical specialties. One distinct feature of this program is a course in critical thinking which is designed to improve performance on the MCAT.

Doctor of Medicine

The MD program is offered through the Department of Medicine, which provides a curriculum that addresses health, medical specialties and complex diseases in lectures, labs and clinical study. Students participate in clinical preceptorships starting the first year. Morehouse stresses primary care for underserved communities and, as part of the curriculum, students obtain outpatient clinic experience in the National Center for Primary Care lab located on campus. In the third year, they participate in clerkships in internal medicine, pediatrics, OB/GYN, psychiatry, surgery and family medicine.

Dual Degree Programs

Morehouse also offers several dual degree programs for medical students. The MD/PhD in biomedical sciences provides an advanced curriculum and specialized research training to fulfill PhD requirements while students obtain their MD and prepares them to become medical researchers as well as practitioners. The MD/MSCR and PhD/ MSCR programs offer specialized research training to students who are enrolled at Emory, Morehouse and Georgia Tech. The school also offers an MD/MPH dual degree, preparing students to be doctors or administrators in public health.

Residency Programs

The Office of Graduate Medical Education sponsors seven residency programs, accredited by the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education (ACGME). Residents are accepted in obstetrics and gynecology, psychiatry, family medicine, pediatrics, internal medicine, public health and preventative medicine and general surgery. Residencies are served at Grady Memorial Hospital and other area community medical locations affiliated with the school.

Emory University

The Emory University School of Medicine is one of the nation's leading medical institutions in biomedical research and medical education. In addition to the medical program, the school also offers several dual degree programs, combining MD degrees with other specialties. The school is known for its high-quality medical research, particularly in the area of HIV/AIDS.

Doctor of Medicine

The MD program at Emory has four phases. After the first week of shadowing doctors, students study healthy human physiology. During the next 12 months, studies turn to human diseases and students participate in outpatient clinic rotations every other week. During this time, they also complete a lab focusing on anatomy. In the next phase, students apply what they've learned in the classroom and labs by participating in clinical rotations in surgery, obstetrics and gynecology, medicine, psychiatry, neurology, pediatrics and radiology. They also participate in outpatient rotations in a variety of medical specialties. In the discovery phase, students complete a research project that combines medical research with their own interests in other areas. In the fourth phase, students participate in senior rotations concluding with a capstone course geared toward assisting with the transition from student to resident.

Doctor of Medicine/Master of Public Health

Students with excellent academic standing and professional conduct during the first three years of the MD program are qualified to apply to the MPH program. If accepted, the student attends the MPH program during their fourth year, replacing the discovery phase of the MD program. In the fifth year, the student completes the MD program requirements.

Doctor of Medicine/Master of Arts in Bioethics

The bioethics degree provides training related to ethical issues in clinical practice. Students with excellent academic standing and conduct during the first three years of the MD program can apply for this dual degree. If admitted, the bioethics program replaces the discovery phase in the fourth year of the MD program, adding a year to this dual degree program.

Doctor of Medicine/Master of Science in Clinical Research

The clinical research part of the dual-degree program consists of 28 academic credit hours covering coursework, a research thesis and a written grant proposal. Applications are accepted early in the third year of medical school and admission depends upon academic standing and professional conduct during the MD program. This curriculum replaces the discovery phase in the MD program.

Doctor of Medicine/Doctor of Philosophy

This program prepares medical students to become physician scientists, qualifying them for a career in research. This in-depth program combines clinical medicine with biomedical research education. Students complete the first two years of the MD program, then spend several years of graduate study in a life-science field of their choice. The PhD program replaces the discovery phase of the MD program. After fulfilling the PhD program requirements, they return to the MD program to complete the remainder of the third and the fourth years of medical school, graduating with an MD/PhD.

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