Emory University School of Medicine

Vikas Sukhatme, MD, Dean
(founded 1854)

Emory University School of Medicine has 2,757 full- and part-time faculty and 795 volunteer faculty. The school had more than 8,900 applications in 2017 for 143 first-year medical student positions. This racially diverse class is 57% women, and 69% of the class members are nontraditional, meaning that they were out of college for at least a year before entering medical school. In 2017, the pass rate for first-time takers of step 1 of the National Board Exam (testing basic science knowledge and skills) was 99%.

The school has 568 medical students and trains 1,292 residents and fellows in 106 accredited programs. The school has 92 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 second 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 247 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 524 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 $355.7 million in sponsored research funding in fiscal year 2017, plus another $84.9 million in funds at other units in the health sciences center and at the Atlanta VA Medical Center. Ranked 19th nationally in NIH dollars received, the school is best known for its research and treatment in infectious disease, brain health, 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 5.5 million patient service visits in 2017. Alumni totals: 5,951 medical school, 11,370 residency/fellowship, 6,272 allied health (the latter includes 1,325 PT and 1,833 PA alumni). About 25% of the physicians in Georgia have trained at Emory. In addition to the school’s regular education programs, 5,686 physicians and other health care professionals participated in continuing medical education classes offered by Emory last year.