Mercer University Medical School To Savannah

This is good news for the state, which is facing a doctor shortage.

Mercer University will open a four-year medical school in Savannah and enroll its first students in 2008, officials announced Wednesday.

The new school builds on an 11-year partnership Mercer has with Memorial Health University Medical Center in Savannah. Memorial Health currently teaches one-third of Mercer’s third- and fourth-year medical students.

I wonder though if Mercer will remain committed to rural medical practice or will it become a run of the mill medical school.

It should be noted that the Medical School was announced by President Bill Underwood and is probably the last part of retired Mercer President Kirby Godsey’s legacy. Godsey was instrumental in overseeing Mercer’s move into medicine and it has been a net positive around Macon.