Morehouse School of Medicine Family Medicine Residency Program was established in 1981 to train family physicians for practice in underserved populations of Georgia. Located in the western suburbs of Atlanta, the residency training program facility includes the Comprehensive Family Healthcare Center as its main ambulatory training site. The program is community hospital based with primary rotations at South Fulton Medical Center, a 392 bed acute care community medical center and additional rotations are completed at Grady Memorial Hospital, a 950 bed county facility.
The program is designed to provide the Family Medicine resident with the knowledge and skill to competently manage medical patients, as well as knowledge about how family dynamics and behavioral medicine principles apply to caring for the health and well being of the family unit.
Residents in the first year of training encounter experiences and services designed to strengthen their educational base in both hospital and ambulatory care. They become familiar with issues in the social and behavioral sciences relating to health concerns. First year residents spend one half day per week in the Family Medicine Center. The remainder of their time is spent with inpatient hospital care and weekly conferences. Second year residents spend two-three half days per week in the Comprehensive Family Healthcare Center as their primary ambulatory experience. The remaining rotations include family medicine wards, obstetrics and gynecology, geriatrics, out-patient surgery, veteran affairs ambulatory medicine, orthopedics, cardiology, dermatology practice managements and gynecology. During the third year of training, residents spend four half days per week in the Comprehensive Family Healthcare Center reinforcing their medical knowledge through a series of one-on-one relationships with instructors and consultants in selected fields.
Weekly didactic sessions cover the core content of family medicine and include an extensive practice management seminar series. They also provide teaching and learning opportunities for faculty and residents and peer instruction through interaction. Didactics are held Wednesday afternoons from 12:30 to 4:00 PM. The didactic schedule rotates through an 18 month cycle. Mortality and Morbidity Rounds are held every four weeks, with Residents participation in case and Journal Club presentations.