Morehouse School of Medicine Details
720 Westview Drive Southwest
Knowledge, Wisdom, Excellence, Service
|Level of Selectivity
Morehouse School of Medicine (MSM) is located in the
metropolitan city of Atlanta, the capital of Georgia, with a population of
more than 2 million. The city is served by mass air, rail, and bus
transportation. Local transportation on the MARTA provides easy access to
downtown, the airport, or virtually anywhere in the metro area. Students
have access to Underground Atlantaís quaint shops, fine dining,
world-class shopping, art galleries, museums, the Atlanta Symphony, or
ballet. The Atlanta Hawks, Braves, and Falcons are the cityís major sports
leagues. Points of interest include the Martin Luther King Jr. Center for
Nonviolent Change, the Jimmy Carter Presidential Library, Stone Mountain
Park, and Six Flags Over Georgia Amusement Park. Other activities include
boating, fishing, and golfing. The World Congress Center hosts many
national conferences. The city of Atlanta is an international center for
business, banking, and social change and offers students many professional opportunities.
Morehouse School of Medicine is a four-year, private, professional medical
school. MSM was established in the early 1970s as the School of Medicine
at Morehouse College. In 1981, the Medical School became independent. For
clinical instruction, MSM is affiliated with Grady Memorial Hospital,
Southwest Community Hospital, and Tuskegee VA Medical Center.
Originally a two-year educational program in basic medical sciences, the
Morehouse School of Medicine is now a four-year medical doctor
degree-granting institution. The chartered class of 24 students entered
Morehouseís two-year basic sciences program in 1978. Those students and
the subsequent two classes transferred to other medical training schools
for two years to receive their M.D. degrees. Morehouse School of Medicine
received authorization to begin a four-year, degree-granting institution
in 1981. That same year, Dr. Louis Sullivan became president. In 1982, MSM
was given authorization to development a program to award the Doctor of
During the summer of 1983, third-year medical students began clinical
rotations at Grady Memorial Hospital in cooperation with the Emory
University School of Medicine. In 1985, the Liaison Committee on Medical
Education granted MSM full accreditation to award the M.D. degree. The
first class of M.D.ís trained by Morehouse School of Medicine graduated
May 17, 1985.
In 1990, the School assumed full responsibility for teaching third-year
students in family medicine, surgery, and psychiatry. The remaining
third-year clerkship (medicine, obstetrics/gynecology, and pediatrics)
continued to be taught in cooperation with Emory University School of
Medicine. The Morehouse School of Medicine assumed full responsibility for
the third-year medicine clerkship in 1991, and for pediatrics and
obstetrics/gynecology, in 1993. The Graduate Medical Education program of
the School was initiated in 1981 when the Family Practice Residency
program received accreditation from the Accrediting Council for Graduate
Medical Education (ACGME).
Morehouse College originally received a federal grant to study the
feasibility of developing a two-year program to train students for careers
as primary-care physicians. These physicians would work in medically
underserved areas among minorities and poor people. The study revealed a
severe shortage of black and minority physicians in the United States and
particularly in Georgiaís rural and inner-city areas. Morehouse accepted
the challenge and developed a new medical school. Morehouse continues to
be committed to its original mission to practice medicine in the inner
cities and rural areas of this country. Morehouse School of Medicine is
the newest member of the Atlanta University Center, a consortium of six
independent institutions that constitutes the largest predominantly black
private educational complex in the world.
MSMís research facilities are modern and well equipped, including seventy
individual and shared-use laboratories.
Morehouse School of Medicine is accredited by the American Medical
Association to award the Doctor of Medicine (M.D.) degree and by the
Southern Association of Colleges and Schools to award the doctoral degree
(Ph.D.) in biomedical sciences and the combined masterís/doctoral degree
in public health.
|Costs per Year
2002Ė03 Tuition: $25,000 (M.D.); $16,000 (Ph.D.); $9480 (M.P.H.)
Room and board: $15,000 (estimated, off-campus)
Special fees: $1800
Estimated total cost: $43,300 (M.D.); $34,300 (Ph.D.); $27,780 (M.P.H.)
|In State Tuition
|Out of State Tuition
|Financial Aid-Institutional Funding
Percentage of students receiving financial aid: 94
Number of scholarships and grants: 184
Total amount of scholarships and grants: $800,000
Range of scholarships and grants: $200Ė$23,000
January 4 (M.D.); March 1 (M.P.H.); Febuary 15 (Ph.D);
Febuary 15 (Summer)
Completion of a bachelorís degree and completion of
the following minimum semester/quarter hours of premedical courses: 8/12
biology with lab, 8/12 inorganic or general chemistry with lab, 8/12
organic chemistry with lab, 8/12 physics with lab, 6/10 college level
mathematics, and 6/10 English, including composition. Premedical courses
should not be taken on a pass/fail basis. Grades must be received.
Rigorous introductory courses should be taken and an interview is
Students must submit a completed AMCAS application to the American Medical
College Application Service (AMCAS). The AMCAS application fee is $55 for
the first school, with a decreasing scale of fees for each additional
school student designates. AMCAS will forward application to the school(s)
student designate on the application. Students can contact AMCAS at their
online address, http://www.aamc.org, to download an application and get
the most current deadlines and application fees, or contact AMCAS at 2501
M Street Northwest, Lobby 26, Washington, D.C. 20037; Telephone:
Once Morehouse School of Medicine receives the applications from AMCAS,
the Admissions Office promptly forwards to applicants supplementary
materials that must be submitted to complete the application process. At
this stage, a nonrefundable application service fee of $45 is charged by
the School. Applicants are encouraged to submit materials well in advance
of the deadline to allow sufficient time for receipt of all materials
requested. Selected applicants are invited for a personal interview.
Following the interview, if granted, final decisions are made by the
Committee on Admissions. Applicants are notified as soon as a final
admission decision has been made.
Admission Application Deadline: AMCAS deadline: December 1 of prior year;
Morehouse deadline: January 4 (M.D.); March 1 (M.P.H.); Febuary 15 (Ph.D);
Febuary 15 (Summer)
Admission Contact: Dean of Student Affairs, Morehouse School of Medicine,
720 Westview Drive, Southwest, Atlanta, Georgia 30320-1495; Telephone:
404-752-1650; 404-752-1512 (fax).
A minimum of 183 semester hours; completion of
two years of basic medical science requirements; dissertation/thesis for
graduate students; third-year clerkships in ambulatory and in-patient
care; fourth-year clerkships in ambulatory and rural care; and completion
of Parts I and II of the National Board of Medical Examiners.
|Student Body Profile
Total enrollment: 196
Graduate students: 48
Ethnic/racial makeup: African American, 171; Asian, 1; Caucasian, 9;
Hispanic, 1; Native American, 7; International, 4; Other/Unclassified, 3.
Campus Regulations: Attendance at clinical clerkships and other clinical
experiences involving patient care is required; attendance at tests and
final examinations is mandatory.
Campus Services: Health, personal and psychological counseling, and career
counseling and placement.
Campus Activities: Student activities include grand rounds. Leadership
opportunities are found in Student Government Association (SGA) and other
various organizations, such as the Student National Medical Association,
the Medical Student Section of the American Medical Association, the
Pre-Alumni Association, and the Student American Medical Association.
Alpha Omega Alpha Honor Society is represented on campus.
Many opportunities exist for students to interact with students at other
Atlanta University Center Institutions, including Clark-Atlanta
University, Spelman College, Morehouse College, Morris Brown College,
Interdenominational Theological Seminary, and Morehouse College.
Housing Availabilityz: None on campus; off-campus housing available.
Number of faculty members: 100
Student-teacher ratio: 4:1
Full-time faculty members (men/women): 52/31
Part-time faculty members (men/women): 13/4
Tenured faculty members (men/women): 9/4
One summer session.
Medical Degree (M.D.): Medicine
Doctoral Degree (Ph.D.): Biomedical Sciences
Masterís/Doctoral Degree (M.P.H.): Public Health