Life as a resident

Each year of residency is comprised of thirteen four-week rotations emphasizing different aspects of primary and specialty care relevant to the practice of family medicine. All residents maintain a continuity practice in the Family Medicine Center, a fully-integrated Patient-Centered Medical Home serving a large demographic of patients of all ages and backgrounds. Inpatient and hospitalist rotations focus on developing management skills for higher-acuity medical problems, as well as emphasizing teamwork and leadership. As residents progress through the program, they assume more responsibility for the patients and patient care teams.

During the first several months of residency, PGY1 residents are closely supervised and have direct access to faculty and upper-level residents for all aspects of patient care. All incoming PGY1 residents are paired with a faculty advisor and upper-level peer. Complementing the inpatient rotations, PGY1 residents rotate for two weeks on night float, and take several weekend calls with upper level residents to prepare for independent call starting in the PGY2 year.

In addition to direct patient care, residents are encouraged to get involved in primary care promotion and advocacy at the community, regional and national levels. Since 1989, our residents and faculty have provided physician services to several student-run community outreach clinics that serve our neighbors who have limited access to care. Membership in both the Georgia and American Academies of Family Physicians is included in the benefits package, and many of our residents have gone on to leadership positions within these organizations.

Residents also have numerous opportunities to participate in departmental and institutional committees that promote quality, patient safety, electronic health record innovation, recruitment and academics, just to name a few.

Limited opportunities to practice may be available to upper level residents who are in good academic standing and have secured an unrestricted state license.

Whether your ambition is traditional outpatient practice, hospitalist, academic, or international medicine, or preparation for specialty fellowship, Augusta University’s Family Medicine Residency Program is positioned to help you achieve your goals in a progressive, fun and supportive learning environment. Contact us at 706-721-3157 or residency@augusta.edu for more information on our program and the application process.