Dr. Stephanie Beavers Appointed Associate Dean for Clinical Education in School of Medicine

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Dr. Stephanie Beavers

MACON – Dr. Stephanie Beavers was recently appointed associate dean for clinical education in Mercer University School of Medicine (MUSM).

“Dr. Beavers joins the Office of Academic Affairs in this appointment and will help ensure exceptional, equitable clinical experiences across all three MUSM campuses,” said Dr. Jean Sumner, dean of MUSM. “She will oversee the effectiveness of clinical teaching and will respond to any clinical situations. Additionally, Dr. Beavers will manage all clerkship coordinators as well as the fourth-year clinical director.”

Dr. Beavers earned her B.S. in biology, cum laude with honors, from the University of Georgia in 2010. She went on to earn her M.D. from Mercer in 2014 and completed her internal medicine residency and chief residency at Navicent Health in Macon, where she was named Mercer University Internal Medicine Resident of the Year in 2017.

Dr. Beavers has served as an academic hospitalist and core faculty member at Coliseum Medical Centers in Macon since 2017.

In 2018, she was appointed assistant clinical professor of internal medicine at MUSM, following two years as a clinical instructor for the School.

Dr. Beavers has published, presented and conducted research in a variety of areas, including work at MUSM to investigate gut microbiome-dependent production of Trimethylamine N-oxide (TMAO) as a determinant of cardiovascular disease risk.

She has served on numerous committees, including current appointments on Coliseum Medical Centers’ Program Evaluation Committee, Quality Improvement Committee and Clinical Competency Committee.

She is a member of the American College of Physicians Guided Fellowship Program and Alpha Omega Alpha Honor Medical Society, and serves a volunteer therapy dog handler for the Alliance of Therapy Dogs.

About 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 65 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: Medical Center, Navicent Health in Macon; Memorial University Medical Center in Savannah; and Piedmont Columbus Regional Hospital and St. Francis Hospital in Columbus. The School also offers master’s degrees in family therapy, preclinical sciences and biomedical sciences.

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