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    Our Residency Program

    As a resident at Forrest General, the FGH Family Medicine Center will be the base for your ambulatory patient care. Our Family Medicine Center is located on the first floor of the Hattiesburg Clinic, PA and is conveniently located directly across the street from Forrest General Hospital.

    In addition to well-equipped examination rooms, the Center has a large procedure room, a resident working area, centralized check out and a conference room. All ancillary services are offered within the Hattiesburg Clinic and readily accessible. The Hattiesburg Clinic population is diverse across medical conditions, ages, gender and ethnicity and includes large pediatric and obstetrical practices. We use a fully integrated electronic health record system, Epic, in both the Family Medicine Center and the hospital.

    Family medicine physicians, either faculty or community preceptors, staff each clinic session and are readily available to discuss patient care and to teach and supervise office procedures. Faculty supervision of residents will ascertain and monitor both patient volume and disease complexity. When clinical care needs exceed a resident’s ability, faculty will intervene by providing direct or indirect assistance to the resident or by assuming direct care for the patient. A team of health care providers including physicians (and residents), nurses, social workers, and others work together to provide services for our patients.

    Excellent resident education and quality patient care are our priorities. We provide strong procedural education and integrate practice management issues such as documentation, coding and billing into your clinical experience. The outpatient experience at Forrest General is comprehensive, preparing our graduates to practice in any setting.

    First Year Family Medicine Resident (PG-1)

    The first year of family medicine training will give you a balanced experience in general family medicine. Rotations will include inpatient care including labor and delivery and pediatrics. Also included in the first year rotation are surgery, emergency care, sports medicine and rural health care in the inpatient and outpatient setting throughout the entire year. In both the inpatient and outpatient setting, you will be the first line of contact performing the initial evaluation and subsequent management decisions for each patient. Emphasis is placed on acquisition of diagnostic and management skills, which will enable you to become an effective decision maker and supervisor. As a first-year resident, you will continue to work closely with second- and third- year residents and full-time faculty attending physicians.

    Second Year Family Medicine Resident (PG-2) 

    The second year of training in family medicine will be a transition year for you. In addition to gaining experience in the various subspecialties, you will have increased exposure and begin managing more acutely ill patients. You also will assume supervisory roles in inpatient areas. On subspecialty services, you will serve as a consultant under the direct supervision of board certified subspecialists. Additional elective time is available, allowing PG-2s to pursue areas of special interest and you will begin the early stage of career planning.

    Third Year Family Medicine Resident (PG-3) 

    The third year of residency will offer you supervisory experience on inpatient and outpatient services. As a third year resident, you will be expected to assume some responsibility for assisting in the education of the first year residents and medical students. PG-3s also have the opportunity to select elective time based on individual needs and interests. Electives can be arranged within a department and with selected community physicians. Lastly, you will finalize your plans for beginning your family medicine career.

    Throughout your three years of residency, you will serve as a primary care provider to a growing panel of patients within your Continuity Clinic. You will also have opportunities to interact with the Forrest General service area, the larger Hattiesburg community as well as entire Southeast United States.

    Patient Services

    • Individual and Family Counseling
    • Prenatal Classes
    • Parenting Classes
    • Smoking Cessation Classes

    Procedures We Perform

    • Lumbar puncture
    • Laceration repair
    • Suturing techniques
    • Circumcision
    • Vaginal delivery
    • Placement of scalp electrodes
    • Placement of uterine pressure catheter
    • Local anesthesia
    • Episiotomy and repair for lacerations/episiotomy
    • Shoulder dystocia maneuvers
    • Amniotomy
    • Routine gynecological examinations
    • Pap Smears
    • Vaginal Wet Preps and Cultures
    • Colposcopy with and without cervical biopsy
    • Interpretation of radiological procedures such as mammograms, ultrasounds, and bone density studies
    • Endometrial biopsy
    • Cervical cryotherapy.
    • Subclavian and central line placement
    • Endotracheal intubation
    • Arthrocentesis (Knee)
    • Paracentesis
    • Needle Decompression of Thorax
    • EKG interpretation
    • Incision & Drainage of Skin Abscess
    • Arterial blood gases and arterial line placement
    • Nasogastric tube placement
    • Excision of subcutaneous lesion
    • Wound care and debridement
    • Suture removal
    • Excision of skin lesions
    • Surgical principles of asepsis
    • Suturing technique
    • Upper Endoscopy procedure
    • Colonoscopy procedure
    • Local infiltrative anesthesia and nerve blocks
    • Removal of foreign bodies
    • Simple splinting and bandaging
    • Nail removal

    Block Schedule

    1. Pediatrics is a combined rotation, to include nursery, inpatient pediatrics, and ambulatory pediatrics.
    2. The Musculoskeletal rotation combines Sports Medicine and Orthopedics.
    3. Radiology experience will encompass a series of lectures provided by our radiologists.
    4. Community Health is provided by encounters at the local free clinic.
    5. Gynecology is a required rotation which is spaced throughout the second & third year. For this rotation residents spend half days in the SEMRHI Women’s Health Center in a GYN continuity setting.
    6. Subspecialties Clinic will be a block of 4 clinics: Urology, ENT, Pulmonary, and Neurology (2 half days of each per week with 2 half days per week in FMC clinic).

    Possible Electives:


    Palliative Care

    Rural Family Medicine

    Women’s Health

    Urgent Care

    Health Management & Leadership

    Research and Medical Informatics

    Occupational Medicine & Employee Health

    Medical Subspecialties including Endocrinology, Allergy/Immunology, Hematology/Oncology, etc.

    Surgical Subspecialties including Ophthalmology, Trauma Surgery, Vascular Surgery, etc.

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