Welcome to the future of medical education. A partnership of two prominent state institutions plus a supportive medical community and the energy of Athens equals an unparalleled opportunity for the education of future physicians.

The Partnership Campus in Athens is educating outstanding future physicians in keeping with the high standards of Augusta University and the University of Georgia. Our first two classes of graduates are residents at some of the top residency programs in the country, reaching from Florida to Alaska – San Francisco to Baltimore – and here at home in Augusta, Atlanta, and, for the first-time ever, Athens!

Our faculty members, who work in concert with the medical faculty at AU and colleagues from many of the colleges at UGA, have a passion for teaching and a love of learning. With a growing faculty, research efforts have been expanding, providing opportunities for our students to work side-by-side on research teams with their professors.

The Partnership Campus emphasizes small group learning and student/teacher interaction. The small class size enables innovation in teaching and makes it easier to incorporate early clinical experiences into the curriculum.

The AU/UGA Medical Partnership began in a newly renovated, historic building on the North Oconee River in 2010. The campus relocated to its permanent home on the UGA Health Sciences Campus in July of 2012. Two blocks from Athens Regional Medical Center and minutes from St. Mary’s Hospital, the UGA Health Sciences Campus also houses the UGA College of Public Health. The combination of Public Health, the local hospital systems and the medical campus will facilitate clinical education as well as basic and clinical research. Medical students have found multiple opportunities to become involved in the community, hospital care, ambulatory care and research laboratories.

I hope that you’ll consider the AU/UGA Medical Partnership when applying to medical school. Our goal is to shape the future of medicine by providing the best education possible, and I’m glad you’re interested in being part of that future.


Michelle A. Nuss, M.D.

Campus Dean

AU/UGA Medical Partnership

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    Dr. Michelle Nuss attended undergraduate school at Purdue University receiving a B.S. in Pharmacy in 1987.  She practiced pharmacy for one year in Cleveland and then attended medical school at West Virginia University (WVU) School of Medicine from 1988 -1992.  After medical school she completed a combined residency in Internal Medicine and Psychiatry at WVU.  She served as Chief Residents in Psychiatry as well as Internal Medicine. Immediately after residency she was appointed as Assistant Professor of Medicine and as Co-Director of the Physical Diagnosis and Clinical Integration course at WVU.  Dr. Nuss was instrumental in developing an innovative curriculum integrating physical diagnosis and clinical medicine topics for this second year medical school course.  In addition, she helped to create and implement a high stakes, school-wide competency exam for fourth year medical students and received the Dean’s Award for Excellence in Education for her leadership and work.

    Dr. Nuss also served as the Program Director for the Internal Medicine program as well as the Internal Medicine/Psychiatry Program for almost 10 years at WVU.  During her time at West Virginia University she was been recognized in the Dept. of Medicine as the Outstanding Teacher on three separate occasions and won the Outstanding Faculty of Medicine twice.  Dr. Nuss has consistently been a dedicated teacher, clinician and researcher. She worked as a hospitalist for the teaching services and supervised residents in the outpatient setting.  She also practiced psychiatry and internal medicine in her own faculty clinic.  She has travelled with students to Honduras and Ghana, Africa as part of the Global Health Program at WVU.

    During her time as the Program Director, she mentored residents on over 20 abstracts and in 2005 she was moved to Fellowship status in the American College of Physicians (ACP).  For her years of dedication and leadership to the state ACP, she was awarded the “Laureate Award of the West Virginia Chapter of the ACP” which honors Fellows and Masters of the College who have demonstrated by their example and conduct, an abiding commitment to excellence in medical care, education, or research and in service to their community, their Chapter and the American College of Physicians.

    In addition to her role as Program Director, Dr. Nuss served as the Vice President of Medical Affairs at WVU Hospitals between 2008-2010.  During her tenure as VPMA, she was instrumental in establishing numerous new policies and procedures surrounding patient safety and quality and more stringent standards for credentialing of the medical staff.