Northeast Georgia Medical Center (NGMC) plans to develop a Graduate Medical Education (GME) program, with its first physician residents arriving in 2019. Medical students will be able to apply and receive hands-on training in one of six medical specialties: internal medicine, family medicine, general surgery, OB/GYN, psychiatry and emergency medicine.
The hospital expects the program to grow to as many as 170 residents by 2024, which would make the program one of the largest in the state. This is good news for the physician workforce in Georgia, since the Georgia Board of Physician Workforce estimates that medical students from Georgia who complete medical school and a GME program in Georgia have a roughly 80-percent chance of staying in the state to practice.
“Our goal is to go one step further and keep the best-of-the-best right here in our community,” says Carol Burrell, president and CEO of Northeast Georgia Health System. “Helping train the next generation of doctors is just another way we will achieve our mission of improving the health of our community in all we do.”