Northeast Georgia Medical Center's second class of resident physicians was named Friday.
This year's class includes 20 Internal Medicine and six General Surgery residents, along with the first class of 12 Family Medicine residents. They will begin practicing with the health system on July 1, joining the 26 Internal Medicine and General Surgery residents already working in the hospital and area clinics.
“I’m beyond thrilled to welcome this group of rock stars to Gainesville,” says Family Medicine Residency Program Director Monica Newton, DO, MPH. “As a life-long learner myself, we’ve worked hard to create a program that attracted residents who possess a growth mindset and a passion for excellence. These residents will help fulfill our vision for Family Medicine physicians to care for your entire family, covering the full scope of inpatient, outpatient, pediatrics and family-centered maternity care.”
Resident physicians are licensed doctors training in a specialty. They train for three to 10 years after medical school, providing patient care and performing procedures under appropriate supervision. They can write orders and prescribe medication. Residents also have educational, testing and evaluation requirements. Their training is overseen by the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education.
“Studies by the Georgia Physician Workforce Commission have determined the specialties that are in greatest need, with Family Medicine at the top of the list. Adding 12 Family Medicine resident physicians to our system is a great way to bring immediate support and expand care to our community,” says John E. Delzell, Jr., MD, MSPH, Vice President of Medical Education for Northeast Georgia Health System and Designated Institutional Official for NGMC. “Our residents will work with our faculty, hospital and clinic staff in numerous ways. We look forward to welcoming all our new resident physicians to the local community and introducing them to patients.”
NGMC is working to expand to more than 200 residents across six specialties – internal medicine, family medicine, general surgery, OB/GYN, psychiatry, and emergency medicine – by 2023. That will make NGMC one of the largest graduate medical education programs in the state.
Research conducted by the University of Georgia’s Carl Vinson Institute of Government found NGMC’s residency programs will also have a tremendous impact on Hall County's economy – with a projected economic output of $66 million from 2019 to 2023, with an additional $18 million local economic impact for each year after. Similarly, the program will generate more than 90 incremental community jobs in 2019, rising to as many as 300 jobs by 2023.
Learn more about NGMC's residency programs at www.ngmcgme.org.