Emory University School of Medicine
David Stephenson, MD, Interim Dean
Emory University School of Medicine has 2,555 full- and part-time faculty and 631 volunteer faculty. The school had more than 8,100 applications in 2015 for 138 first-year medical student positions. This racially diverse class is 60% women, and 70% of the class members are nontraditional, meaning that they were out of college for at least a year before entering medical school. In 2015, 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 562 medical students and trains 1,238 residents and fellows in 100 accredited programs. The school has 91 MD/PhD students in one of 45 NIH-sponsored Medical Scientist Training Programs. Some of these students are in a joint program with Georgia Institute of Technology, 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 254 medical faculty also train predoctoral bioscience researchers in one or more of 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 $363 million in sponsored research funding in fiscal year 2015, plus another $77.6 million in funds received by medical faculty at other units in the health sciences center and at the Atlanta VA Medical Center. Ranked 17th 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 4.9 million patient service visits in 2015. Alumni totals: 5,796 medical school, 10,810 residency/fellowship, 5,922 allied health (the latter includes 1,187 PT and 1,736 PA alumni). About 25% of the physicians in Georgia have trained at Emory. In addition to the school’s regular education programs, 5,840 physicians and other health care professionals participated in continuing medical education classes offered by Emory.