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Vikas P. Sukhatme, MD, ScD, Dean

Emory University School of Medicine has 2,440 full- and part-time faculty and 679 volunteer faculty. The school had more than 7,400 applications in 2014 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 2014, the pass rate for first-time takers of step 1 of the National Board Exam (testing basic science knowledge and skills) was 98%.

The school has 560 students and trains 1,209 residents and fellows in 98 accredited programs. The school has 88 MD/PhD students in one of 40 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 258 medical faculty also train predoctoral bioscience researchers in one or more of nine programs in the Graduate Division of Biological and Biomedical Sciences in the graduate school.

Faculty in five allied health programs train 522 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 seventh.

Medical school faculty received $320.7 million in sponsored research funding in fiscal year 2014, plus another $82.7 million in funds received by medical faculty at other units in the health sciences center and at the Atlanta VA Medical Center. Ranked 18th 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 4.6 million patient service visits in 2014. Alumni totals: 5,711 medical school, 10,541 residency/fellowship, 5,754 allied health (the latter includes 1,125 PT and 1,687 PA alumni). About 25% of the physicians in Georgia have trained at Emory. In addition to the school’s regular education programs, 5,949 physicians and other health care professionals participated in continuing medical education classes offered by Emory.