Forrest General selects first class for new residency program

forrest general hospitalHATTIESBURG — Forrest General Hospital has chosen the first class of graduate physicians for its new Family Medicine Residency Program.

The program began accepting applications from senior medical students last fall and will start its first class of resident physicians on June 30, 2014.

“Our program received over 2,000 applications from some very qualified candidates. We are very excited and pleased with the six residents selected for our inaugural class,” said Mikell Chatham, residency program administrator.

It is hoped that upon completion of their residency, many of the physicians will choose to stay in Hattiesburg and the surrounding communities to help alleviate the current and future primary care physician shortage.

The Accreditation Committee for Graduate Medical Education (ACGME), the governing body for accredited medical residencies in the United States, approved the accreditation of the new Family Medicine Residency Program at Forrest General on Oct. 16, 2013.

The program will be located at Forrest General and will be a three year curriculum to train physicians to become board certified in the specialty of Family Medicine. Up to six physicians each academic year will be accepted. ACGME accreditation allows the program to accept graduates from either allopathic (MD) or osteopathic (DO) medical schools. When the program is fully populated, 18 graduate physicians will be training in the program, with rotations in internal medicine, emergency medicine, surgery, pediatrics, obstetrics/gynecology, and many medical subspecialties including cardiology, gastroenterology, and pulmonary medicine.

During their three-year residency, the physicians will also accept and see patients under faculty supervision at the residency-run Family Medicine Center, which will be located within the main Hattiesburg Clinic on 28th Avenue.

This residency program is the culmination of an almost four-year effort by Forrest General, the Department of Family Medicine at the University of Mississippi School of Medicine and the Mississippi State Legislature’s Office of Physician Workforce.

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