Dr. Samuel D. Quaynor

Dear Future Colleague,

Thank you very much for considering the University System of Georgia M.D./PhD. Program. 

As you already know, training for a career as a physician-scientist is both thrilling and challenging. The decision you make about where you will invest your time and effort is critical in your professional formation. When choosing your program, it is important to consider research possibilities, quality of living, and program support. 

Our curriculum is focused on mentoring and training individuals to become independent thinkers both as clinicians and research scientists in the biomedical or bioengineering fields. This emphasis is evident in the careers of our past graduates, who have gone on to work for the National Institutes of Health or pursue careers in academic medicine at elite universities. 

The Medical College of Georgia at Augusta University offers a unique training curriculum both in the classroom and our hospitals where we are exposed to patient care from the first week of classes. Our faculty are passionate about teaching and dedicated to their patients. The skills that you develop by encountering patients early in your career will allow you to develop as a caring and competent clinician.

The M.D/PhD. Program incorporates graduate schools at Augusta University, The University of Georgia, Georgia Institute of Technology and Georgia State University. As an M.D./PhD. student, you can work with faculty from any of these research institutions. With the combination of these excellent schools, students have access to a wide variety of research opportunities. Because of these partnerships, we have had graduates in programs such as biomedical engineering, chemistry, and epidemiological studies.

The campus of Augusta University is located in Augusta, which is the second largest city in Georgia. The low cost of living allows a higher quality of life for graduate students and many students purchase homes during their time in the Program.

In addition to the financial advantage Augusta offers, it also has a wide variety of family-friendly activities. You can enjoy baseball minor-league games, kayaking on the Savannah River, or playing on one of the numerous golf courses in the city. On the first Friday of every month, musicians and vendors flock to downtown Augusta for a lively evening. Finally, we are just a few hours from other major destinations in the south including Charlotte, Charleston, Atlanta, and Savannah.

Overall, the University System of Georgia M.D./PhD. program at Augusta University offers an opportunity for exceptional training. I hope you will choose our program to begin your career as a physician-scientist. We look forward to seeing you on Campus.


Samuel D. Quaynor
Augusta University
M.D./PhD Student, Class of 2015
American Physician-Scientist Association (APSA) Representative