Dr. Ashley Norman
"The attendings are very proactive in your learning experience and are always available to help with any challenges."
Dr. Charlotte Coggins
"What I enjoy most about my residency program is the autonomy it provides. This is a vital component to growing and learning as a physician."
Dr. David Carstens
"What I like about this program is the feeling of community that I sense from both the hospital setting and the outpatient clinics."
Dr. John Riggs
"This program offers better preparation for the nuts and bolts of private practice. I haven't seen or heard of a better experience anywhere."
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).