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Christian P. Larsen, MD, DPhil, Dean

Emory University School of Medicine has 2,359 full- and part-time faculty and 712 volunteer faculty. The school had more than 6,800 applications in 2013 for 138 first-year medical student positions. This racially diverse class has an even mix of men and women, and more than half of its members are nontraditional, meaning that they were out of college for at least a year before entering medical school. In 2013, the pass rate for first-time takers of steps 1 and 2 of the National Board Exam (testing basic science and clinical knowledge and skills) was 99%. 

The school has 550 students and trains 1,205 residents and fellows in 98 accredited programs. The school has 82 MD/PhD students in one of 40 NIH-sponsored Medical Scientist Training Programs. Some of the MD/PhD 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 and an MD/MPH degree with public health. Some 266 medical faculty also train predoctoral bioscience researchers in one or more of the nine programs of the graduate school’s Graduate Division of Biological and Biomedical Sciences.

Faculty in five allied health programs train 521 students. These include a physician assistant (PA) program ranked fourth in the nation by U.S. News & World Report and a physical therapy (PT) program ranked seventh.

Medical school faculty received $330.5 million in sponsored research funding in fiscal year 2013, plus another $74.1 million in funds received by medical faculty at other units in the health sciences center and at the Atlanta VA Medical Center. Ranked 16th nationally in NIH dollars received, the school is known for its research and treatment in heart disease, cancer, neurosciences, transplantation, infectious disease, orthopaedics, pediatrics, renal disease, ophthalmology, and geriatrics.

Physician faculty in Emory’s hospitals, affiliate teaching hospitals, and outpatient venues were responsible for 4.4 million patient service visits in 2013. Alumni totals: 5,646 medical school, 10,283 residency/fellowship, 5,574 allied health (the latter includes 1,062 PT and 1,634 PA alumni). About 25% of the physicians in Georgia have trained at Emory. In addition to the school’s regular education programs, 5,273 physicians and other health care professionals participated in continuing medical education classes offered by Emory.