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Medicine Programs

Print friendly Modified May 6, 2010

Medicine Programs

Photo of medical studentsThe University System of Georgia has medicine programs at one institution, comprised of Doctor of Medicine (MD) and Physician Assistant (PA) programs. Georgia’s private institutions also have medicine programs. Several types of medicine programs exist:

Doctor of Medicine (M.D.)

The majority of medical schools in the United States and Canada award an M.D. degree, usually after 4 years undergraduate study at a college or university followed by 4 years of medical school.

Doctor of Medicine degree programs are offered at the following institutions in Georgia:

USG Institutions

Private Institutions


Doctor of Osteopathy (DO)

Osteopathic Medicine is a comprehensive approach to health care. Its essence lies in examining and treating the whole person, not just presenting symptoms. The only school in Georgia that offers the Doctor of Osteopathy degree is Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine (PCOM) at their Gwinnett County branch campus.


Residency Programs in Georgia

After graduation from an accredited medical college or university, aspiring physicians complete a three-year residency program.


Physician Assistant (PA)

Physician Assistant graduate programs are focused on patient care, as well as primary and specialty care in medical and surgical practices. Graduates with a masters (MS) or PhD degree in physician assistance can go on to careers as surgical physician assistants, emergency department physician assistants, orthopedic physician assistants, cardiac physician assistants and more. PA degrees are offered at the following institutions in Georgia:

USG Institutions

Private Institutions