Georgia Regents University/Medical College of Georgia Family Medicine Residency Training Program

Augusta, GA

Since graduating its first class of residents in 1975, a total of 259 residents have completed their training in the Family Medicine Residency Program. 81.1 percent of these graduates chose to remain in the Southeast, and of these, 70 percent chose practice sites in Georgia.  70 percent of the 2013 graduates remained in Georgia.

Resident recruitment activities continued on both the local and national levels with program representatives traveling to Columbia and Charleston, South Carolina, as well as Atlanta and locally Augusta, GA.  Also, national residency fairs attended were the American Academy of Family Physicians, American and Student National Medical Association in Kansas City.  Those efforts resulted in a successful match with all eight intern positions being filled.  Six filled in the National Resident Matching Program match and two in the Osteopathic match.

Since 2000, Mayo Clinic Health System  in Waycross, GA (rural track training program) graduated a total of 23 residents and 70 percent have remained in Georgia and successfully filled their two intern slots in the March 2013 National Resident Matching Program match.

We received continued accreditation with the next scheduled visit of 2019 from the ACGME by the RRC.    Our program will be preparing for the next site visit with implementation of the new ACGME “Milestone” requirements into our curriculum.  Our Department hosts five to seven Faculty Development Sessions during the year.   Grand Rounds were introduced monthly as part of the Noon Conference Series.  Department faculty presented a variety of topics.  Informal feedback is welcomed immediately following the presentations during Q&A sessions. Morbidity and Mortality (M&M) conferences are also held monthly to evaluate cases that present a learning opportunity.

Resident retreat for all PGY-2s and the two chief residents was held in August 2013 in Tybee Island, GA.  Topics presented by faculty included Personal Financial Management, Fatigue and Stress/Burnout, Career Development, and Conflict Management. Team Building was presented by chief residents.

Monthly QI continues and the Quality Assurance Committee comprised of residents under the supervision of faculty remains active.

Continued recognition through the National Committee for Quality Assurance (NCQA) as a level III Patient Centered Medical Home (PCMH): In accordance with the PCMH guidelines, the FMC adopted a modified multi-disciplinary team structure.  There are seven teams of attending physicians, resident physicians, mid-level providers and nurses.  Teams meet on a monthly basis to discuss patient care issues, communication or safety concerns, and anticipated cross-coverage needs.

Four publications were submitted this past year from residents and three residents presented at a regional/national conference; one at STFM Conference, two at NAPCRG 40th Annual Meeting and one osteopathic resident at the Annual ACOFP Meeting. Each PGY-3 presented at least one scholarly activity over the year. Residents were required to provide a written bibliography, written presentation, copies of articles, and a literature review. PGY-2s provided a Critical Appraisal of Topic (CAT) during their community medicine rotation. In addition, all residents with their advisors presented at Journal Club.