Woodstock native Alexis Chamberlin Bateman has been accepted to an accelerated track program for primary care in the Mercer University School of Medicine.
The Primary Care Accelerated Track Program allows students interested in a career in family medicine, general internal medicine or pediatrics to have the opportunity to complete their medical school coursework in an accelerated three-year program of study.
In a news release, Bateman said she was excited to be accepted into the program, not only to help ease the financial burden of medical school, but also because her personal goals aligned with its mission.
“I was drawn to the ACT Program because it allows me to begin practicing family medicine one year sooner, guarantees me a local residency and the opportunity to remain close to our families,” she said.
Bateman said she is proud of her Woodstock roots and feels the local community has contributed greatly to her success.
“I am very grateful for the wonderful education I received at Johnston Elementary, Dean Rusk Middle School and Sequoyah High School,” she said.
Scholarships are awarded to highly-qualified medical students upon the completion of their first year of medical school, covering tuition for the second and third years. These students must be in good academic standing and have a strong desire to practice primary care in a rural area.
After graduation, ACT scholars are guaranteed a residency with one of MUSM’s primary teaching hospital partners. After residency, scholars are required to participate in three years of continuous, full-time, primary care medical practice in a medically underserved or rural area of Georgia. The practice must also accept Medicaid patients.
“This is an outstanding program that enables qualified students to accelerate their education, decrease their debt and enter the workforce sooner without sacrificing quality,” MUSM Dean Jean Sumner said in a news release. “This program wouldn’t be possible without the strong support and leadership of Georgia’s state legislature and governor.”