Family Medicine Residency Program
Our program was established in 1981 as MSM’s first graduate medical education program. Our residents benefit from inpatient training at both Atlanta Medical Center–South, a moderately sized community hospital in East Point, and Grady Memorial Hospital, serving a largely underserved population as Georgia's largest hospital - fifth largest in the country - and one of the nation’s best trauma centers. Our primary ambulatory training site is the Morehouse Healthcare Comprehensive Family Healthcare Center, where the full scope of family medicine practice and procedures are performed. Residents also benefit from outpatient training sites at the Veteran's Administration and the Grady East Point Neighborhood Clinic. The program has continued accreditation status by the ACGME. Ours is a three-year program with six residents in each program year.
Since its inception, the program has graduated 172 residents, 69 percent of whom are practicing in Georgia. These physicians practice in both metropolitan and rural areas in a variety of settings including traditional solo or group ambulatory practices, hospitalist practice, integrative medicine, occupational medicine, prison medicine, academic medicine and urgent care. Several graduates have also continued their training through geriatric and obstetric fellowships. Proudly, eight of our graduates have become faculty members in the department.
Our residents receive training in healthcare leadership, care coordination, community engagement, population health, practice-based research and integrative medicine including acupuncture. As future leaders of the profession, our residents serve on institutional and hospital committees and committees of the Georgia Academy of Family Physicians. MSM Family Medicine Residents are trained to become competent, compassionate Board-certified physicians well-equipped to address the health of the whole person with consideration of the physical, mental, spiritual and cultural aspects of our patients we serve. Resident scholarly activity includes publication in peer-reviewed journals; completion of quality-improvement research projects; and presentation at local, regional and national conferences, earning awards for their work at each level. As a function of our commitment to the learners, patients, and communities we serve, the MSM Family Medicine Residency Program strives for excellence.
Riba Kelsey-Harris, MD, FAAFP
Residency Program Director
The mission of the MSM Family Medicine Residency is to:
- Train residents to become competent and excellent family physicians to serve underserved populations.
- Provide training in behavioral medicine and family dynamics to foster the physician’s awareness of the importance of the family unit in treating the patient.
- Provide physician-training experiences in both inpatient and outpatient care.
- Provide residents with basic skills necessary to implement preventive care and consistently educate patients about healthcare and wellness issues.