The School of Medicine was established in 1982 to educate physicians and health professionals to meet the primary care and health care needs of rural and medically underserved areas of Georgia. The Mercer School of Medicine Doctor of Medicine program utilizes a problem-based medical education program that provides early patient care experiences. Such an academic environment fosters the early development of clinical problem-solving and instills in each student an awareness of the importance of the basic medical sciences in medical practice. The Doctor of Medicine program operates on two four year campuses. One on Mercer University's campus in Macon, located in Central Georgia and the other on Memorial University Medical Center's campus in Savannah, located in Coastal Georgia. Clinical experiences for Macon students are provided by the Medical Center of Central Georgia, while in Savannah, Memorial University Health Center partners with Mercer for training and educational needs.