The Medical Center of Central Georgia – Mercer University School of Medicine Family Medicine Residency

Macon, GA

The Medical Center of Central Georgia/Mercer University School of Medicine Family Medicine Residency Program has had an eventful year.

On January 1, 2013, Dr. Monique Davis-Smith was named the Residency Program Director.  The Family Health Center is participating in the GAFP sponsored Patient Centered Medical Home University and is preparing to submit the application for Level 3 NCQI accreditation. The 2012-13 academic year included the completion of the third year of our participation in the University of Arizona’s Integrative Medicine in Residency program. As one of the original programs in the country offering this program, we are proud to have now graduated 26 residents, one faculty, and four Integrative Geriatric Fellows from this nationally recognized award-winning program.

Our faculty grantsmanship has again been extraordinary this year. Dr. Monique Davis-Smith continues work on the final year of a $3.1 million NIH grant evaluating the effectiveness of a faith-based Diabetes Prevention Initiative. Dr. Paul Seale continues work on his 3 year, $1.87 million residency training NIH supplement to his five-year $5.7 million Substance Abuse and Mental Health Service Administration NIH grant to improve Brief Intervention and Early Treatment of alcohol abuse in our local hospital EC.  Dr. Seale has recently been awarded another grant to advance study in the area of utilizing advanced nurse practitioners for brief interventions.

Implementation of the full library of the Challenger Program for Residencies, made possible by a grant from the GAFP Foundation and generous faculty contributions, continues to be a great success. Residents utilize this invaluable tool for Board review as well as general resourcing. Five of our PGY 3 residents sat for Boards during residency this year and passed.

We matched eight of eight positions in the 2013 PGY 1 class with strong candidates, with most having strong ties to Georgia. Of our seven 2013 residency graduates, three are in practice in Georgia and two are in fellowship in Georgia with practice plans in state as well. Overall, more than 85 percent of our graduates are practicing in Georgia, with 70 percent of those serving in medically underserved areas.

Issues facing our training program include but are not limited to the following:

  • Reimbursement for Family Medicine Physicians limiting recruitment of qualified applicants,
  • The need for talented, committed, and passionate Residency faculty.