Columbus Family Practice Residency Program
We have changed our name (but never our mission). Columbus Regional Healthcare System is now Columbus Regional Health. In the renaming of our system’s three hospitals, The Medical Center becomes Midtown Medical Center
The Family Practice Residency at Midtown Medical Center has a long and distinguished history of providing physician Graduate Medical Education and patient care to the Columbus area. The three-year Family Practice residency program was established in 1972. Prior to that date, primary care physicians were trained as general practitioners with a two-year residency after medical school. Over the past sixty years Midtown Medical Center has been instrumental in supplying general practitioners and family physicians who served the needs of Georgia and particularly the Columbus area. The Medical Education program also sponsors a Transitional Year internship in which medical student graduates receive a traditional internship on their way to specialty training such as anesthesia or radiology. These two programs have trained over four hundred physicians who are scattered around the state of Georgia and the southeastern United States. In our immediate area, there are approximately fifty physicians who practice within a thirty-mile radius of Columbus who can claim all or part of their training at Midtown Medical Center.
An important part of our Medical Education mission is providing quality medical care to the underserved. Under the guidance of full-time attending physicians, our Family Practice and Transitional Year residents provide care in Family Medicine, Internal Medicine, General Surgery, Pediatrics and Obstetrics and Gynecology. The teaching services enable The Medical Center to serve as a patient resource and referral center for citizens of Georgia and east Alabama. Residents provide care at the Columbus Health Department clinics and routinely assist on Columbus Regional’s outreach medical van. During the last year, our teaching program saw over 35,000 outpatient visits in the Family Medicine Center, delivered hundreds of infants and cared for thousands of hospital admissions. With training in Advanced Cardiac and Trauma Life Support, residents help provide 24/7 care to patients referred to The Medical Center’s Intensive Care Units and Trauma program.
The Family Medicine residency received a full five-year accreditation (maximum allowable) from the American Osteopathic Association for the three-year osteopathic Family Medicine program. The Transitional Year program is also dually certified by the AOA and ACGME and has a 10 year accreditation cycle from the ACGME. Our Family Medicine Residency Program also received a full 10 year accreditation cycle under the Next Accreditation System of the ACGME.
The residency program is now into full implementation of an Electronic Health Record (EHR) and has transitioned to AthenaClinicals as its second EHR. The residency continues to be the largest outpatient EHR implementation in the Columbus area. Midtown Medical Center and its faculty are committed to keeping our residency program at the cutting edge of providing quality and cost effective medicine.
An important mission of our training program is to supply physicians to meet the needs of Georgia citizens.