Gwinnett Medical Center recently welcomed their first class of internal medicine residents as part of the system’s graduate medical education program. There are five first-year residents in the program and one second-year resident, who are all southeastern natives.
GMC’s graduate medical education program, which began in 2014, also includes a family medicine residency. That track is in its second year and now includes 10 residents. The graduate medical education program is designed to address the current shortage of physicians in the Atlanta metro community.
“During their three years at GMC, internal medicine residents will have the opportunity to train with subspecialists such as cardiologists and neurologists and general internal medicine physicians,” said Kimberly Bates, MD, GMC’s director of the internal medicine residency for the Graduate Medical Education Program. “In addition, their training will feature one-on-one training with critical care physicians and in the system’s high-volume emergency departments which care for nearly 140,000 patients yearly.”
Graduate medical education faculty are GMC physicians, and will work alongside the residents to provide exceptional patient care. A portion of the internal medicine residency includes office-based patient care at Academic Internal Medicine Partners (AIMP). This facility is located in Springfield Plaza at 665 Duluth Highway, Suite 401 and is currently accepting patients. It features 10 exam rooms. A number of rooms are equipped for procedures, including spirometry, EKGs, in-office lab testing and minor dermatological procedures, among others.
Residents and faculty physicians also offer geriatric care, general primary care and chronic disease management. At AIMP, residents may also participate in pre-surgical evaluations for patients with complex medical issues. AIMP physicians also have access to additional resources to treat patients with disabilities or have special needs, including those who are wheelchair bound.
GMC’s internal medicine residency program is affiliated with the Georgia Campus of Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine and The Georgia Regents University/The University of Georgia Medical Partnership in Athens.