As one of the nation's oldest medical schools, we are 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 pre-requisite courses affected by COVID-19

The Office of Admissions is sensitive to the academic burden placed on applicants attempting to complete graded pre-requisite courses that were converted to online and/or Pass/Fail during the COVID-19 pandemic. Towards this end, all successfully completed pre-requisite courses (including Pass/Fail and online) affected by COVID-19 (Spring, Summer and Fall semesters 2020 and Spring, Summer and Fall semesters 2021) 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.

COVID-19 INFORMATION

 

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The 2021-22 Application Cycle

Applications for the Medical College of Georgia's Class of 2026 officially open through AMCAS on Thursday, May 3, 2021. 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 2021-2022 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 2021-22 Early Decision: June 29, 2021

Score Distribution Deadline for 2021-22 Early Decision: July 12, 2021

Last Test Date for 2021-22 Regular Decision: September 23, 2021

Score Distribution Deadline for 2021-22 Regular Decision: October 6, 2021

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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Pascal Acree

  • Hometown: Sandy Springs, GA
  • Campus: Athens
  • Year: Current M2

"...medical school is a marathon, not a sprint, so be sure to enjoy the run along the way. "

Fast Facts:

  • I serve as both Treasurer of our M2 class, and as President of our Radiology and MD+ Interest Groups.
  • I received an internship grant to conduct research in interventional radiology at GWU/Children’s National Hospital in Washington, DC.
  • I enjoy trying new foods and keeping up with the latest music.

Tell us a little about yourself.

  • I’m a second-year medical student (M2) at the AU/UGA Medical Partnership campus of MCG in Athens, GA. I studied biomedical engineering at Johns Hopkins University and graduated in May 2020, beginning medical school later that summer. During undergrad, I led teams in developing biomedical devices, through which we were able to co-invent patents, and publish in journals to support our work.

What is a typical day like for you?

  • On a typical day, I’ll spend the morning going to lecture, followed by our small group learning sessions where we work in teams to discuss patient cases and put ourselves in the shoes of physicians that tend to them. When I get home for the day, I decompress by working out before reviewing the day’s material, and depending on the day, find time to hang out and study with friends. On Fridays, after our weekly quizzes, I typically spend the rest of the day/evening unwinding with classmates, either going to one of our regular spots or exploring a new restaurant in Athens!

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

  • I am a tinkerer by nature and enjoy keeping up with the latest gadgets. Over the past few years, I’ve gotten especially interested in aerial photography and I like to have fun taking footage with drones in my free time.

What do you consider your greatest accomplishment to be?

  • Medical School.

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

  • The best advice that I received is what I would pass along - medical school is a marathon, not a sprint, so be sure to enjoy the run along the way. The extra insight we learn about the human body and things we take for granted never cease to amaze me. Learning about medicine is learning about yourself and what you are capable of. This will help keep you engaged and motivated throughout the journey.

What motivated you to want to be a physician?

  • I became passionate about biomedical device design and innovation during my undergraduate years, where I helped launch medtech startups and worked with some of the largest medical device companies in the world. While I found the work fulfilling, I still yearned for a career where I could have a more direct impact on individuals’ lives. This drew me to medical school, where I hope to integrate these interests into a career in clinical medicine, using my training to provide compassionate care while leveraging my background to create and contribute new innovations to the field.

What do you hope to do after completing medical school?

  • As of now, after medical school I am planning to pursue residency in Interventional/Diagnostic Radiology.

Who are your role models?

  • Definitely my parents and also the teachers that I have had throughout my life that inspired me to love learning and to challenge myself.

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

  • I was especially drawn to the case-based learning style since I’ve always been more of a conceptual thinker and collaborator, and I knew I would get more out of my medical education via active learning. I was also motivated by the high faculty-student ratio which has provided me with so much personalized attention and development.

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

  • Serving patients in the local community, including at the Mercy Health Center clinic, has been my favorite experience. One time that stands out is when we went door-to-door asking seniors if they wanted the Covid vaccine. One woman said she wanted it but was afraid to leave her home and was extremely grateful we came by. MCG’s outreach successfully provides an important service to those in need, while enabling us to gain practical medical experience in the real world.

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

  • The AU/UGA Medical Partnership has such an amazing culture of family and community. With our smaller size, I got very close with my classmates within just the first few weeks of school. I know that I can go to any of them if I need help and vice versa. To have that type of support in medical school is priceless.

What is your favorite thing to do at your campus?

  • Athens is a timeless mecca for two of my great loves - food and music. It is so convenient to have it all just a few steps away. And of course, the college football gameday atmosphere is unlike any other that I have experienced. 

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Madeline Wetterhall

  • Hometown: Atlanta, GA
  • Campus: Athens
  • Year: Current M2

"Stay honest. You will feel better about yourself, you will become a better doctor."

Fast Facts:

  • I spent one year in Würzburg, Germany on a Fulbright scholarship teaching English
  • I graduated Summa Cum Laude from Elon University
  • In my spare time I enjoy the outdoors and attempting to teach my two cats how to be dogs–they both can fetch and sit!

Please tell us a little about yourself.

  • I was born and raised in Atlanta, GA. After graduating high school, I attended Elon University, where I got my Bachelor’s in Biology while minoring in German studies. Following undergrad, I spent one year in Würzburg, Germany on a Fulbright scholarship teaching English. When I returned to the States, I began working with 911 Emergency Medical Services (EMS) in Dekalb County and was eventually called to support New York City (NYC) during the COVID pandemic.

What is a typical day like for you?

  • As a dedicated runner, my typical day starts bright and early at 5:30 AM with a run around Athens, followed by a hot cup of black coffee to jumpstart my studying for the day. On the Athens campus, we have Small Group three times a week, which is more of a scheduled excuse to hang out with and get to know our group and wonderful faculty facilitators on a more personal basis. I love hearing about how my classmates and facilitators spend their weekends. Lunch for me is typically spent outside—reviewing lecture material in a rocking chair makes learning much more enjoyable. I’m a big proponent of chunking up my learning into 2- or 3-hour blocks, separated with speed-walk breaks around campus with my study buddies. I try to treat my learning like an 8-to-5 job. My evenings are spent cooking and cuddling up with my two cats (Watson and Crick), reading a book, or watching a show. 

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

  • I did a live, national television interview on Fox News and was featured in the New Yorker about what it was like to be an EMT during the COVID pandemic in NYC. These were both nerve-wracking but still fascinating and fun to do. 

What do you consider your greatest accomplishment to be?

  • During the height of the COVID-19 pandemic, when New York City’s EMS and hospital systems were completely overrun, FEMA put out a call for EMT and paramedic volunteers to deploy to NYC to support the COVID response. I was honored to have the opportunity to go. For two months, I worked alongside other volunteers from all over the US. We worked tirelessly in uncharted territory to help restore the country’s busiest 911 operating system, running calls unlike any we had seen before. None of it would have been possible without the outpouring of support shown to us by the citizens and fire department of New York and loved ones back home.

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

  • Many students who are accepted into medical school are often considered by others to be “overachievers.” We are accustomed to always being first and having all the answers--the big fish in a small pond.  And now we find ourselves in a much bigger pond, with much bigger fish. 

    I have learned to accept that I don’t have all the answers, which can be extremely humbling. An invaluable piece of advice that my dad shared with me is that “the most important thing you can know is what you don’t know.” Stay honest. You will feel better about yourself, and you will become a better doctor.

What motivated you to want to be a physician?

  • Growing up, I was always interested in science and medicine, but it wasn’t until working as an EMT that I really figured out why I wanted to be a physician. Through EMS, I experienced the honor and privilege that comes with providing security and clarity to people during their most intimate, vulnerable moments. Becoming a physician will allow me to further examine the complexities and nuances about what it means to live, to die, and to take care of others.

What do you hope to do after completing medical school?

  • While my prior EMS experience draws me to emergency medicine, I am remaining open to what specialty I will choose to pursue in the future. I am the type of student who wants to become whatever it is that we are studying on any given week!

Who are your role models?

  • My parents are my role models: they raised my sister and me to always consider other people’s feelings, the value of having a strong work ethic, and how to admit when we need help from others.

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

  • I was drawn to the Athens campus because of the smaller class size, which gives me many opportunities to work with faculty on a one-on-one basis. The emphasis on working in small groups is conducive to my learning style.  Outside of class, I like the look and feel of being on a large university campus. Additionally, Athens is near Atlanta, where I have a great deal of family and friends to support me.

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

  • Part of the curriculum includes Community and Population Health (CPH), a service learning class that provides free primary care clinics to different sites around Athens. My CPH is at Potter’s House, a long-term addiction recovery facility for men. Many of the Potter’s House residents were formerly homeless or incarcerated. Each visit, I am humbled by the unique stories that each of these men have. I ask about their medical and social history; they tell me about their experiences, their remorse, and the challenges they face. On physical exam, we see scars from prior surgeries or trauma, and track marks remind me that each day, my patient must fight his own battle, and win, in order to stay sober and clean.

     

    While each person has a unique story, I am learning through experience that we are all more alike than we realize. We all feel lonely, trapped, sad, scared, and helpless sometimes. We also all feel joy, love, and kindness. These human emotions are incredibly unifying.

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

  • From the first day I set foot on the Athens campus, I was blown away by how dedicated and compassionate the faculty members are with students. They make a true effort to get to know who you are as a person, not just as a student. They ask how you are doing and genuinely care to know your answer. Though medical school can be extremely tough at times, it makes all the difference being around faculty members who self-proclaim themselves as your own personal cheerleader and support person.     

What is your favorite thing to do at your campus?

  • As someone who loves athletics, I like to play beach volleyball with my classmates after Friday quizzes. There are many other opportunities for sports: we have a running group, go bouldering, and play intramural coed soccer. In addition, I feel very fortunate to have found others who love to do things outdoors.  We have already done several hiking and backpacking trips in the mountains of North Georgia and North Carolina.

 

Contact Us

Medical College of Georgia office of Admissions

Health Sciences Campus

G. Lombard Kelly Building

706-721-3186

MCG Admissions

1459 Laney Walker, AA 2040, Augusta, GA 30912

706-721-0959

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