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Forrest General's Family Medicine Residency Program Welcomes its First Class of Physicians. - Forrest Health
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    Published on March 26, 2014

    Forrest General's Family Medicine Residency Program Welcomes its First Class of Physicians as the hospital addresses the statewide Primary Care Physician Shortage

    HATTIESBURG, Miss. ­ (March 26, 2014) Forrest General Hospital is pleased to announce 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.

    ³Our program received over 2000 applications from some very qualified candidates. We are very excited and pleased with the six residents selected for our inaugural class,² stated 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 October 16, 2013.

    ³We are pleased to be the home of a much needed residency program in Mississippi. As a healthcare system, we recognize the growing need for primary care physicians across the counties we serve. This program is another example of the dedication we have toward realizing our vision of providing exceptional care and improving the quality of life for the residents of South Mississippi,² said Evan Dillard, president and CEO of Forrest Health.

    Residency Program Director Eric Hale, M.D. shared his vision for the residency. ³Our program offers a remarkable combination for physicians who seek a superb balance of academic medicine and comprehensive, practical medical education which will prepare them for all aspects of the practice of Family Medicine, both rural and urban, inpatient, outpatient, or both,² said Hale.

    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, adjacent to the hospital.

    This residency program is the culmination of an almost four year effort by Forrest General Hospital, the Department of Family Medicine at the University of Mississippi School of Medicine and the Mississippi State Legislature¹s Office of Physician Workforce.

    For more information, please contact the Forrest General Family Medicine Program at 601-288-4305 or visit

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