Dr. Ashley Norman, MD, 2019 graduate
"I want to give thanks to this wonderful residency program that provided me with excellent training and experience to become a fully competent physician. I'm really thankful to have been selected for this program. I believe one of the strongest aspects of this program is that it is small, only accepting two residents per year. This allows a lot of one-on-one time with the preceptors, the ability to ask endless questions and the ability to be more autonomous in your practice. You are able to pick and focus on what path of medicine you would like to pursue such as more clinic, urgent care, or hospitalist medicine. With it being unopposed, you also get to have great relationships with all the specialists and feel like you are one with the team. I felt you were able to practice "real medicine" and were able to learn the behind the scenes portion of medicine as well such as business aspect with billing, coding and other financial features. Because it is also in a small town, it is great for families and raising your children as you will have more time with them and the commute to work is negligible. All in all, this is an amazing program where the possibilities are endless to provide you with whatever direction on medicine you would like to pursue and keeping your mind and personal life healthy and happy along the way."
Dr. Kal Mistry
"This program allows you to practice in a comfortable and welcoming environment which gives us the ability to provide a higher level of patient care."
Dr. Robert Quick
"This is an excellent program. Everyone is very supportive and easy to work with."
Dr. William Cantrell
"I am grateful to be part of a program that respects its residents, holds us up to high standards, and allows us to practice in a manner that prepares us for practice post-residency. The program succeeds in developing competent and well-rounded physicians by offering support and structure while requiring that residents advance by practicing with autonomy."
Dr. Sonya Chelliah
"This is a supportive residency program that encourages resident autonomy in both outpatient and inpatient medicine."
The Family Medicine Residency program in Waycross was established in 1998, in affiliation with the Medical College of Georgia at Augusta University. Our program has been accredited by ACGME since the program was established. The rural track program is based at Memorial Satilla Health, an acute care facility that has been serving Waycross and its eight surrounding counties for over 60 years. Each year two residents are selected for the unopposed, 1+ 2 program. The first year occurs at Medical College of Georgia, a university-based hospital, and years 2 and 3 of training are completed in Waycross. The rural training program is designed to help meet the need for well-rounded family practitioners and seeks those individuals who are self-directed and motivated.
Family medicine faculty and specialists who train our residents have a long history of teaching and commitment to the program. The hospital’s leadership staff and administration are also very supportive of the program and graduate medical education. They have a strong commitment to training residents with the latest tools, treatments and technology to provide the most modern care with the best possible results.
The challenge of family practice involves working with populations of all ages with a wide range of needs. Rotations include working with board-certified specialists in outpatient and inpatient settings. In addition to gaining knowledge, experience and confidence in the practice of medicine, this relationship assists residents in the crucial area of forming sound interpersonal relationships with patients, professional peers and other members of the patient care team.
With a full range of services and a large population base, residents are ensured experience in recognizing and treating a broad spectrum of health concerns with ample resources and backup. Residents also gain experience in hospital administration by serving and participating on a committee of their choosing, and have opportunities for community involvement and hospital sponsored events. Equally important will be the opportunity to explore the central role the family medicine physician plays in rural communities and small towns.
Outpatient training occurs at Georgia Physicians South, a private, established community practice, where residents receive one-on-one training, and the pathology experience ranges from minor illnesses to complicated and complex patients.
Residents also have ample opportunity to develop a significant patient panel of their own. The most frequent procedures provided to patients in the family medicine clinic include chest x-rays, EKG interpretation, cerumen removal, joint injection/aspiration, lacerations, incision and draining of abscess, skin tag removal and nail removal. Opportunities for mentoring medical students and moonlighting also exist for qualified residents.
Residents also gain exposure by working in an active private practice to the business aspects of medicine and gain insight into the business operations, from finance to human resources. This experience will provide useful whether residents upon graduating enter a private outpatient practice, choose hospital medicine or some other employment model.
Our community is family-friendly, enjoys great weather year-round, and provides low-cost living with access to a broad range of outdoor activities. Waycross has close proximity to the Golden Isles of Georgia barrier islands, Florida’s Amelia Island, and we are only 70 miles from the Jacksonville International Airport.
Applications are only accepted thru ERAS. We are committed to attracting the best and brightest, whether a US medical school graduate or a graduate of a non-US medical school. (For non-US grads, a minimum of one year of clinical experience in the US is required and graduation should be within the last two years. We do not sponsor Visas).