COLUMBUS – Dr. Alice House, M.D., FAAFP, has been appointed regional dean of the Columbus campus of Mercer University School of Medicine, effective July 1.
The Columbus campus was founded in 2012 in partnership with The Medical Center and St. Francis Hospital to place up to 80 third- and fourth-year Mercer University School of Medicine students in Columbus.
Dr. House joined the faculty of the School of Medicine in 2002 as family medicine clerkship director. She went on to serve as professionalism program director, director of student advising, and, most recently, senior associate dean for student affairs and admissions.
"Dr. House has demonstrated administrative and leadership skills that support the school's mission and its essential teaching, research and service roles in its undergraduate and graduate medical education programs," said Dr. William F. Bina III, M.D., MPH, dean of the School of Medicine. "I believe she will be an effective leader for our Columbus campus."
Dr. House earned her medical degree from Mercer University School of Medicine in 1995 and completed her family medicine residency training at The Medical Center of Central Georgia. She went into private practice in Byron before joining the Mercer faculty.
"It is an honor and a privilege to be able to serve the University, the School and the community of Columbus at this exciting time of development on the Columbus campus," said Dr. House. "I look forward to getting to know the many talented physicians, community leaders and people of Columbus and making this lovely community my home, again."
About the Mercer University School of Medicine (Macon, Savannah and Columbus)
Mercer University's 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. Today, more than 60 percent of graduates currently practice in the state of Georgia, and of those, more than 80 percent are practicing in rural or medically underserved areas of Georgia. Mercer medical students benefit from 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 place of the basic medical sciences in medical practice. The School opened a full four-year campus in Savannah in 2008 at Memorial University Medical Center. In 2012, the School began offering clinical education for third- and fourth-year medical students in Columbus. Following their second year, students participate in core clinical clerkships at the School's primary teaching hospitals: The Medical Center of Central Georgia in Macon; Memorial University Medical Center in Savannah; and The Medical Center and St. Francis Hospital in Columbus. The School also offers master's degrees in family therapy, preclinical sciences and biomedical sciences and a Ph.D. in clinical medical psychology.