Established in 1836, Emory has over time built a reputation as a top-tier institution for education and research. Long known for its fine academics and excellent professional schools, Emory has now propelled itself to join the ranks of the most prominent national research universities as well.
Given that Emory University Hospital is located on the main university campus, residents also have opportunities to participate in the intellectual and cultural life of the university. A wide range of lecture series, symposia, collegiate athletics, concerts, and other activities are available throughout the year.
Dining - Numerous eateries are available around campus in addition to the Hospital’s cafeteria. More options exist at Emory Village, a collection of shops and restaurants immediately adjacent to campus and within walking distance of Emory Hospital.
Health & Fitness – Residents may purchase access to the University’s athletics facilities (WOODPEC)at a reduced rate. Faculty and staff only fitness courses are also available at a separate facility - Blomeyer.
Libraries – Residents retain access and borrowing privileges at all of Emory’s media facilities.
Michael C. Carlos Museum – Emory features a well-regarded museum of antiquities that attracts noted travelling exhibitions to complement its permanent collections.
Lullwater Park – The grounds of the University President’s house are open to Emory-affiliated individuals. A reserve of rolling hills, creeks, and lakes with lawns and wooded trails, Lullwater is a serene, quiet place immediately adjacent to the main campus.
Arts – Emory maintains several galleries, archives, and performing arts venues that offer a wide range of exhibitions and performances.
Religious & Spiritual Life – Campus groups exist for many religious and spiritual disciplines, and regular services are available for many.
Atlanta, with a population of well over 5 million people, offers all of the amenities one expects from a dynamic modern metropolis; the city also boasts many unique features and attractions based upon its location, climate, and history. While the city retains the Southern charm found in the surrounding region, it is distinguished from the South and other Southern cities by numerous factors, not the least of which is the variety of places from which many Atlantans originally hale. The result is a complex tapestry of cultures, histories, and perspectives.
One of the greatest strengths of Emory residency training is the amount of exposure one receives to different work environments and patient populations. Another, less heralded strength is the unique location of Emory’s main campus relative to its surroundings. Though the main campus is situated adjacent to one of Atlanta’s oldest and most prestigious suburbs, residents can easily find attractive, affordable housing (in apartments, condominiums, or stand-alone homes) near the main campus and convenient to the other training sites. Emory’s suburban (but intown) location contributes to there being many inviting nearby neighborhoods offering a variety of amenities.
When you come to visit or live in Atlanta, some of the places you might want to investigate include:
Stone Mountain Park – Stone Mountain is a large granite outcropping just east of the city (20 minutes from Emory). The mountain and its surrounding park offer numerous opportunities for running, bicycling, picnicking, and other activities. The mountain itself affords a panoramic view of Atlanta and the surrounding area.
Piedmont Park – Atlanta’s premier intown park, Piedmont offers lawns and trails for both active and leisurely outdoor activities. The park is also the site of numerous festivals over the year.
Chattahoochee River – The Chattahoochee flows just west of downtown, and several parks and greenways line its shores. Tubing the Hooch is a local pastime.
Lake Lanier – Several large lakes are located around Atlanta; Lanier is the largest, located approximately one hour north by car. Lanier offers ample opportunities for swimming and fishing; numerous beaches and a waterpark are located along its shores.
Walking / Biking Trails – While state and county parks in the Atlanta area afford numerous opportunities for walking, several lengthy paved bike trails can be found around the city.
Whitewater Rafting – Several rivers within a short drive of the city feature exciting and challenging whitewater rafting courses. Emory pathology residents have been known to brave the rapids many times before.
Professional Sports – Atlanta features professional franchises in baseball, football, and men's and women's basketball. Several minor league and semi-professional teams also play in the area.
Amusement Parks – Roller coasters, fun rides, and water slides for various ages and tolerances can be found at Six Flags over Georgia, White Water, and American Adventures parks located in the metro area.
World of Coca Cola – Atlanta is the birthplace and home of the Coca-Cola Company; Coke operates a downtown museum chronicling its origins and rise to prominence. Visitors are also treated to a bevy of Coke products from around the world.
Georgia Aquarium – Centered on a humongous tank featuring whale sharks, this downtown aquarium also showcases numerous other aquatic species from near and far.
Zoo Atlanta – With an eye toward species conservation, the Zoo features animals from around the world in enclosures built to simulate their natural habitat.
Martin Luther King Jr Historic Site – Atlanta is the birthplace of Martin Luther King, Jr, and many locations central to his growth, development, and life’s work are to be found here. The National Park Service operates an excellent center devoted to MLK’s life and accomplishments.
National Center for Civil and Human Rights (coming soon) – Atlanta will be the location for a permanent center relating the history and progress of the development of civil and human rights.
Carter Center – The Carter Center and Presidential Library serves as a focus point for discussions and exhibitions regarding national and international human rights, diplomacy, and the legacy of President Jimmy Carter.
Atlanta History Center – The History Center features permanent and temporary exhibits showcasing the unique confluence of factors that have influenced the development of Atlanta.
Kennesaw Mountain – A focal point in the Civil War Battle for Atlanta, Kennesaw is now a National Battlefield with exhibits and guided trails highlighting the importance of this portion of Sherman’s March to the Sea.
High Museum of Art – Atlanta is home to a well-regarded art museum, featuring excellent permanent and travelling exhibitions of modern and classical pieces.
Atlanta also features many other well-regarded arts and production groups, notably the Atlanta Ballet, Atlanta Opera, and Atlanta Symphony. The Fox Theatre downtown regularly hosts local and travelling stage productions. Indoor and outdoor music venues are located throughout the city, and Atlanta is a regular stop for most national touring groups.
Atlanta is home to a tremendous number of locally, regionally, and nationally recognized restaurants. Most any cuisine from around the world is represented amongst the city’s dining ranks. Additionally, the city features a wealth of clubs and venues to keep any evening going.
Atlanta is located within convenient driving distance of numerous different vacation or day-trip destinations. The Appalachian Mountains in north Georgia are only a 1-2 hour drive away. Many state parks, featuring camping, hiking, fishing, and other outdoor activities, are located within a 1-2 hour drive of the city. The beaches, barrier islands, and colonial cities of the Georgia seacoast are within a 4-5 hour drive, and the famous white sand beaches of the Florida Panhandle are reachable within 5-6 hours. Of course, Atlanta is also a major transportation hub, offering nonstop airline service to hundreds of destinations worldwide. Passenger rail and bus service is also available to locations within the United States.
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