Emory University School of Medicine

Vikas Sukhatme, MD, Dean
(founded 1854)

Emory University School of Medicine has 2,716 full- and part-time faculty and 692 volunteer faculty. The school had more than 8,800 applications in 2016 for 138 first-year medical student positions. This racially diverse class is 59% women, and 68% of the class members are nontraditional, meaning that they were out of college for at least a year before entering medical school. In 2016, the pass rate for first-time takers of step 1 of the National Board Exam (testing basic science knowledge and skills) was 97%.

The school has 575 medical students and trains 1,266 residents and fellows in 104 accredited programs. The school has 93 MD/PhD students in one of 48 NIH-sponsored Medical Scientist Training Programs. Some of these students are in a joint program with Georgia Tech, with which the medical school shares a biomedical engineering department ranked third in the country by U.S. News & World Report. The medical school also offers a joint MD/MSCR (master's in clinical research) degree, an MD/MPH degree with public health, and an MD/MA in bioethics with Emory's Laney Graduate School. Dual programs with law (juris master) and business (MBA) also are available. Some 243 medical faculty also train predoctoral bioscience researchers in eight programs in the Graduate Division of Biological and Biomedical Sciences in the graduate school.

Faculty in five allied health programs train 509 students. These include a physician assistant (PA) program ranked third in the nation by U.S. News & World Report and a physical therapy (PT) program ranked fifth.

Medical school faculty received $348 million in sponsored research funding in fiscal year 2016, plus another $87.9 million in funds at other units in the health sciences center and at the Atlanta VA Medical Center. Ranked 18th nationally in NIH dollars received, the school is best known for its research and treatment in infectious disease, neurosciences, heart disease, cancer, transplantation, orthopaedics, pediatrics, renal disease, ophthalmology, and geriatrics.

Physician faculty in Emory’s hospitals, affiliate teaching hospitals, and outpatient venues were responsible for 5.3 million patient service visits in 2016. Alumni totals: 5,871 medical school, 11,088 residency/fellowship, 6,058 allied health (the latter includes 1,255 PT and 1,787 PA alumni). About 25% of the physicians in Georgia have trained at Emory. In addition to the school’s regular education programs, 3,043 physicians and other health care professionals participated in continuing medical education classes offered by Emory.