The Northeast Georgia Medical Center in Gainesville continues to build out its graduate residency program – which opens this fall – receiving initial accreditation this week for its Family Medicine pathway.
This is the medical center’s third program to receive a signoff from the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education. Last January, the Internal Medicine and General Surgery programs were added.
“We are excited to add Family Medicine residencies to our program and proud to continue developing a GME program that is hardwired for excellence,” John Delzell, MD, vice president of medical education for Northeast Georgia Health System and Designated Institutional Official for NGMC, said in a press release. “We look forward to training future generations of physicians and retaining the best and brightest to care for our community.”
The medical center intends to add three more areas of study to its Graduate Medical Education program, including OB/GYN, psychiatry and emergency medicine.
Hospital officials expect upward of 170 residents across six different specialties to enroll by 2024, making it one of the largest programs in the state.
The health care industry is the leading employer in Hall County, with the Northeast Georgia Medical Center alone employing 7,900 workers in 2017.
With that in mind, the medical center unveiled its state-of-the-art residency program for medical school graduates in late 2017, replete with classrooms and labs, administrative offices, and a breakroom with bunks for on-call staff.
NGMC anticipates interviewing approximately 200 candidates for the Family Medicine residency between October 2019 and January 2020. Twelve will be selected and will begin their residency on July 1, 2020.
“This accreditation comes after months of hard work from our entire team,” said Monica Newton, DO, Family Medicine program director. “Currently, only 25 percent of graduates of Georgia medical schools stay here to practice. We are now closer to our goal of changing the course of health care for our region, state and country by producing exceptionally trained family physicians and keeping them close to home to relieve the physician shortage.”