Gwinnett Medical Center celebrates fifth anniversary of Graduate Medical Education Program

Gwinnett Medical Center (GMC) this week is celebrating five years of its growing and highly successful Graduate Medical Education (GME) program with Friday graduation ceremonies and the launch of a new fellowship.

In 2014, Gwinnett Medical Center took a bold and important step in building fully accredited training through a family medicine residency program. Internal medicine and transitional year residency programs were added to GME’s course offerings in 2016. Now, in 2019, a family medicine sports medicine fellowship is being added that will give GMC’s nationally renowned sports medicine and concussion programs a new level of depth and experience.

On June 28, the GME program will graduate its newest class of physicians (MDs and DOs) who have completed requirements in the three existing core areas of study, all of which are accredited by the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education and the American Osteopathic Association.

“I am so proud of our graduates who have completed very rigorous training and are transitioning to private practice in service to the citizens of Georgia,” said GME Director Mark D. Darrow, MD, FACP. “Our goal from day one of the GME program has been to recruit, train and place primary care providers in suburban and rural Georgia to improve the overall health of our communities. I believe we are achieving that objective with each new class of graduates.”

The GME program has grown to include more than 60 resident physicians across all practice areas and is expected to expand significantly in the years ahead with the addition of family practice sports medicine. The 2019 GME class will include 36 resident physicians pursuing certification through GMC at both the Lawrenceville and Duluth campuses.

Since 2016, the GME has successfully placed 16 graduates into primary care practices throughout Gwinnett County and North Georgia. The program is helping to address a statewide physician shortage, especially in some rural areas where needs are the greatest.