Family Medicine Accelerated Track

  • Family Medicine Accelerated Track Program
    Mary Keith and Daniel Gordon were the first students accepted into the family medicine Accelerated Curriculum Track program at Memorial University Medical Center.

    Memorial University Medical Center (MUMC) and Mercer University School of Medicine teamed up to offer a three-year family medicine track for Mercer’s medical students. The goal is to train and launch primary care physicians to serve in Georgia’s medically underserved areas.* With Georgia ranked 45th out of 50 states for primary care doctors per capita, there is a great need for this program.

    The family medicine accelerated curriculum track, offered only on Mercer’s Savannah campus at MUMC, was one of the first such programs in the U.S. It allows students to complete medical school in three years instead of the usual four years. Graduates are able to enter the work force a year earlier and save the cost of an additional year of medical school. This helps offset the income difference between a career in primary care and a career in a more lucrative medical specialty.

    YouTube Icon Medical student Daniel Gordon talks about why he enrolled in the Accelerated Medicine Track at Memorial.

    Family Medicine Accelerated Track Program Savannah, GA
    Daniel Gordon (center), who is enrolled in the Family Medicine Accelerated Curriculum Track, examines a patient under the supervision of Robert Pallay, M.D., director of Memorial's family medicine residency program.

    Only the top medical students are eligible for the accelerated curriculum track. Once they are accepted, students must meet all of the requirements for medical school graduation in a shorter length of time. Graduates are encouraged to undergo residency training in Savannah and, afterward, practice in the region.

    YouTube Icon Mary Keith, Mercer medical student, discusses her participation in the Accelerated Medicine Track.

    * The U.S. Health Resources and Services Administration defines medically underserved areas or populations as those having too few primary care providers, high infant mortality, and high poverty and/or high elderly population.