As one of the nation's oldest medical schools, the Medical College of Georgia is proud of our history and excited about our future.

We are the state of Georgia's only public medical school and are committed to educating physicians who will lead the state of Georgia and the world to better health by providing excellence in biomedical education, discovery, and practice.

Meeting this challenge demands the most exceptional and talented students to train to become our next generation of outstanding physicians and world-class researchers. lt also requires that our physician workforce be as diverse as the population it serves, culturally and socioeconomically.

We seek students who are committed to academic excellence and Augusta University's core values of collegiality, compassion, excellence, inclusivity, integrity, and leadership.

No matter where you are in your educational path, our office is available to answer any questions you have about the admissions process.

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MCG's response to prerequisite courses affected by COVID-19

The Office of Admissions is sensitive to the academic burden placed on applicants attempting to complete graded prerequisite courses that were converted to online and/or Pass/Fail during the COVID-19 pandemic. Towards this end, all successfully completed prerequisite courses (including Pass/Fail and online) affected by COVID-19 (Spring, Summer and Fall semesters 2020 and Spring, Summer and Fall semesters 2021, and Spring 2022) will be accepted for credit by the Office of Admissions upon verification with that applicant’s institution. This will only apply to those courses in which the applicant was actively enrolled during the COVID-19 pandemic. Pass/Fail and online courses will not be accepted for required Biology and Chemistry coursework outside of this exception.

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The 2022-23 Application Cycle

Applications for the Medical College of Georgia's Class of 2027 officially open through AMCAS on Tuesday, May 3, 2022. Students that applied filled out a centralized medical school application through AMCAS by visiting: www.aamc.org/amcas

Please note that in addition to submitting the appropriate applications, completing the required prerequisites and taking the MCAT exam, students are also required to complete the CASPer exam, a ninety-minute online test used to assess key personal and professional characteristics. The CASPer exam is now bundled in the Altus Suite. In addition, beginning with the 2018-19 application cycle, the Medical College of Georgia moved to a Multiple Mini-Interview (MMI) format. Competitive applicants who are invited to interview at MCG will experience eight mini interviews, over a ninety-minute time period. 

*Given the highly competitive nature of the applicant pool, applicants with GPAs less than 3.0, or MCAT scores less than 496, are not considered competitive for interview.


The CASPer Test - Computer-Based Assessment for Sampling Personal Characteristics 

All applicants to the Medical College of Georgia at Augusta University are required to complete an online assessment (CASPer), to assist with our selection process for the 2022-2023 application cycle. Successful completion of CASPer is mandatory in order to maintain admission eligibility.

The CASPer exam is now bundled in the Altus Suite. The Altus Suite consists of 3 tests, CASPer, Snapshot and Duet, however CASPer is the only test required for MCG's admissions process. CASPer is an online test which assesses for non-cognitive skills and interpersonal characteristics that we believe are important for successful students and graduates of our program, and will complement the other tools that we use for applicant screening. In implementing CASPer, we are trying to further enhance fairness and objectivity in our selection process. 

In order to take the Altus Suite, you will be responsible for securing access to a laptop or desktop computer with webcam and audio capabilities. You will require the following for both account creation and taking the test:

  • Government-issued photo ID
  • Valid email address
  • Working webcam
  • Working microphone
  • Reliable high-speed internet connection

Please go to www.takeAltus.com to sign up for the Medicine test (CSP-10111 - U.S. Medicine), under your specific country (USA), and reserve a test using your AMCAS ID and a piece of government-issued photo ID. You will be provided with a limited number of testing dates and times based on the admissions timeline and requirements. Please note that these are the only testing dates available for your CASPer test, and you must select Augusta University for distribution before the posted Distribution Deadline. Likely, there will be no additional tests scheduled, but the most up to date information can be found by browsing the Test Dates and Times on takeAltus.com. Please use an email address that you check regularly; there may be updates to the test schedule.

To account for identity verification and payment processing timeline, ensure that you register for your test at least 3 days before your preferred test date and time. Last-minute bookings are not recommended. If you require testing accommodations for CASPer, you will need to submit the Accommodations Request Form signed by you and your qualified professional 3 weeks in advance of your desired test date. More information regarding CASPer accommodations can be found here.

Please direct any inquiries on the test to support@takecasper.com. Alternatively, you may use the chat bubble in the bottom right hand corner of your screen on the takeAltus.com website.

The Altus Suite consists of 3 tests, CASPer, Snapshot and Duet. The suite typically takes between 75-120 minutes to complete. Casper takes about 60-90 minutes to complete, while Snapshot and Duet each take about 10-15 minutes. The CASPer test is comprised of 12 sections of video and written scenarios. Following each scenario, you will be required to answer a set of probing questions under a time contract. Each response is graded by a different rater, giving a very robust and reliable view of personal and professional characteristics important to our program. No studying is required for CASPer, although you may want to familiarize yourself with the test structure at takealtus.com, and ensure you have a quiet environment to take the test. We strongly urge you to take advantage of the 12-section practice test, which will not only immerse you in the test environment, but will also ensure you meet the technical requirements to access and complete the test. 

CASPer test results are valid for one admissions cycle. Applicants who have already taken the test in previous years will therefore be expected to re-take it.

For a more detailed look at the CASPer test, please see this video.

Last Test Date for 2022-23 Early Decision: June 28, 2022

Last Test Date for 2022-23 Regular Decision: September 29, 2022

Final Score Distribution Deadline for 2022-23 Regular Decision: October 13, 2022

For questions regarding admission, please call 706-721-3186 or email mcgadmissions@augusta.edu 


For 2021-2022 Accepted Applicants

MCG Acceptance & Withdrawal Procedures

All accepted applicants to the Medical College of Georgia will need to indicate their interest in accepting their admission through the "Choose Your Medical School Tool" in AMCAS. A full list of dates/deadlines can be found in the MCG Acceptance & Withdrawal Procedures.


Inspiring Students

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Bailey Rodgers

  • Hometown: Marietta, GA
  • Campus: Augusta
  • Year: Current M2

"Keep your blinders up and don’t listen to the noise from students around you, only you truly know how your brain works and how you study best..."

Fast Facts:

  • I am a current Peach State Scholar(MCG 3+/PGY-1 Pathway),
  • Fitness is truly one of my passions.
  • I received by bachelor's degree from Emory where I double majored in Chemistry and Sociology.

Tell us a little about yourself.

  • I grew up mostly in Chapin, SC, but my family moved to the Atlanta area after I graduated from high school. I attended Emory University for my Bachelor’s degree and double majored Chemistry and Sociology. I also completed a minor in Italian Studies and studied abroad twice in Italy. It was through my sociology coursework that I became truly passionate about the social determinants of health and caring for underserved populations, which definitely played a part once I got to medical school and applied to the 3+/PGY-1 pathway. After graduating from Emory, I took a gap year and worked as scribe in the emergency department and in the vascular surgery clinic.

What is a typical day like for you?

  • Right now things are a little different because we are in the dedicated study period for Step 1, which basically means studying all day, every day. I typically wake up around 7 and hit the books immediately (after making a cup of coffee) because the mornings are when I’m most productive. I usually take a mid-day mental health walk and take a study break while I eat lunch. Then I study again through the afternoon and usually break around 5, when I’ll get a workout in, another walk, and have some dinner. Then I usually will study for another hour or two before I go to bed – I have a hard rule to stop studying at 9:30 pm.

 What is something people may be surprised to know about you?

  • I am a spin instructor! I teach spin here in Augusta at Oxygen Fitness Studio. I started teaching back in high school and continued through college. Fitness is truly one of my passions and an absolute non-negotiable for my mental health and happiness.

What do you consider your greatest accomplishment to be?

  • Getting into medical school!

What advice do you have for students just starting their journey in Medicine?

  • Keep your blinders up and don’t listen to the noise from students around you, only you truly know how your brain works and how you study best, so don’t worry if your study habits look a little different from the person next to you.

What motivated you to want to be a physician?

  • I have a nurturing spirit and have always loved to take care of others – I remember telling my mom when I was 11 years old that I wanted to grow up and become a doctor. It has always been my lifelong dream!

What do you hope to do after completing medical school?

  • Complete residency at MCG in obstetrics and gynecology and take care of underserved women in Georgia!

 Who are your role models?

  • All of the incredible women in MCG’s OB/GYN department. The residents and attendings inspire me every time I’m around them!

Why did you choose the Medical College of Georgia' at Augusta University?

  • I wanted the opportunity to work closely with the residents and attendings at the program where I intend to complete residency.

What has been your favorite or most powerful experience in medical school?

  • Getting to see babies being born – it truly solidified for me that OB/GYN is the field for me. I still tear up!

What has surprised you the most, or what would you like people to know about MCG?

  • Our pass/fail pre-clerkship curriculum, you truly do have the time to pursue what you’re passionate about both in and out of medicine – and you have plenty of time to sleep.

What is your favorite thing to do at your campus?

  • Take or teach a class at Oxygen Fitness Studio!

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Syed Hyder

  • Hometown: Lawrenceville, GA
  • Campus: Athens
  • Year: Current M4

"...find your best suited studying strategies; just because a learning resource works for your classmates, it does not always mean that it will work for you. ." 

Fast Facts:

  • I received my bachelor's degree from Georgia Gwinnett College where I majored in Cell Biology & Biotechnology
  • I was born in India.
  • My hobbies include travelling, taking long walks, and learning things about art and culture.

Please tell us a little about yourself.

  • I was born in India and my family moved to the United States when I was six years old. I am the middle of three children with an older sister and a younger brother. Most of my upbringing took place in the Atlanta metropolitan. Coming from a family of educators, I have always had an innate curiosity to learn about the intricacies of life sciences – this was a major motivational factor in my pursuit for a career in medicine. For undergrad, I elected to stay close to home and attend Georgia Gwinnett College where I obtained a Bachelor of Science in Cell Biology & Biotechnology. Prior to medical school, I took one gap year when I was an emergency department scribe at Northeast Georgia Medical Center. For me, a major area of growth during medical school was with my time management skills. I began to prioritize hobbies by picking up new routine activities such as Orange Theory and swimming while continuing old hobbies including golfing and video games.

What is a typical day like for you?

  • It is essential for me to have a brief outline of my day the night prior. In addition to my clinical rotation and academic responsibilities, my other daily priorities include exercise and prayer. After my clinical rotation has ended for the day, I work out at either Orange Theory or the Gym. I reserve my evening time for studying and research projects. I usually end by days with playing League of Legends or watching television. 

What is something people may be surprised to know about you?

  • I am enthusiastic about country music. You can find me at Georgia Theater when my favorite artists come to town

What do you consider your greatest accomplishment to be?

  • Working toward medical school admission at Georgia Gwinnett College and receiving an acceptance after 4 years of hard work. 

What advice do you have for students just starting their journey in Medicine?

  • It is normal to find medical school overwhelming at the start. It takes several weeks to find your best suited studying strategies; just because a learning resource works for your classmates, it does not always mean that it will work for you. By the end of M1 year, you will get comfortable with the amount of information that needs to be learned each week. In my opinion, M2 year is the most important because that is when you learn all the important diseases. Diligent studying during M2 year will set you up for success in M3 and M4 years. 

What motivated you to want to be a physician?

  • Although medicine has always been a consideration since I was in grade school, I was still unsure when I began college. During that time, I began volunteering at ahealthcare clinic where I had the pleasure of interacting with patients and shadowing physicians. I was inspired by the stepwise thinking and complex problem-solving that physicians apply when diagnosing and treating patients. More importantly, I found immense gratification in gaining the trust of patients and being a member of the healthcare team that helps individuals in attaining a 
    healthy quality of life. 

What do you hope to do after completing medical school?

  • I am currently in the process of interviewing for Internal Medicine residency. I aim to eventually pursue a Cardiovascular Disease fellowship with the ultimate goal of being an Adult Congenital Cardiologist.

Who are your role models?

  • I am lucky to have been surrounded by high-quality people my entire life. If I had to pick two, it would me my mother and father. Their constant struggle to achieve goals as immigrants in this country was inspirational to my upbringing. Their work ethic is instrumental to my success today. 

Why did you choose the Medical College of Georgia's AU/UGA Medical Partnership Campus?

  • Coming from an undergraduate institution with small class sizes, my interest in the AU/UGA Medical Partnership campus originated with small group learning and early integration disease pathologies in the curriculum. To learn more about the campus, I scheduled for an individualized tour with a campus ambassador. During the tour, I found myself to be warmly welcomed by passerby students and faculty. Furthermore, I was impressed by the renovation of Russell Hall, the new simulation suite, and abundance of study spaces on campus. These experiences solidified my desire to attend the AU/UGA Medical Partnership campus. 

What has been your favorite or most powerful experience in medical school?

  • Medical school is full of enriching experiencing, from learning about your new classmates at orientation to building relationships with patients during clinical clerkships. Although not a single event, my most influential experience during medical school has been learning about organized diagnostic reasoning, building treatment strategy, and sharing the findings and plan with patients and families’. It is truly heartwarming to be a valuable source of communication at this stage of my career. 

What has surprised you the most, or what would you like people to know about MCG?

  • Medical school a highly demanding period of life but MCG’s strong culture of collaboration and collegiality among classmates makes it a smoother experience. Additionally, MCG is a pioneer in ultrasound education and integrates it closely with the curriculum – this will train MCG students to be more effective diagnosticians in the future. 

What is your favorite thing to do at your campus?

  • During my study breaks, I enjoy taking walks across the serene Health Sciences campus. There is plenty of tree cover which makes it tolerable during the summer (and a large fig tree if you can find it!). Athens has many activities to do throughout the year- my favorite is to go bicycling in the Normaltown neighborhood on Saturday mornings and end the ride with lunch at the Bottleworks plaza. 

 

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706-721-3186

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706-721-0959

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