Family Medicine
The Residency Program in Family Medicine welcomes dedicated medical school graduates committed to serving families and communities. Residents enjoy the respect of caring faculty members and daily opportunities for mentoring and collaboration. The focus is on learning by doing with the opportunity to treat patients with an extraordinary diversity of conditions.
Team-based approach, hands-on learning
Experience excitement, challenge and personal growth as you learn to practice medicine in a vibrant community setting without the feeling of being lost in a huge academic program. The Wellstar Family Medicine residency program is built on the belief that the best healthcare is a partnership between patient and provider.
Learn by Doing
Research shows that adults learn best by doing, and that's just what this program is all about. Residents treat a large number of patients with diverse and challenging conditions.
Coordinated Care
Residents hone their skills by working in a team-based environment. Collaboration is strong among physicians, pharmacists and other care providers. The result of this collaboration is enhanced perspective and learning for residents.
Family Medicine Center
This comprehensive clinic includes 22 examination rooms; 2 treatment rooms equipped with casting, splint, minor surgery supplies and other resources; a family counseling room and a conference room for lectures and meetings.
Curriculum
The PGY-1 (year one) experience includes 2 months on one of 3 general internal medicine services, 2 months on obstetrics with primary responsibility for labor and delivery/triage, and 2 months on inpatient pediatrics at Children’s Hospital of Atlanta at Scottish Rite with a prominent group of pediatric hospitalists.

Year 1 also includes a month of inpatient cardiology (5-6 calls per month), surgery (trauma/ICU), emergency room (typically 15 12-hour shifts), pulmonary ICU (5-6 calls per month) and family medicine inpatient service. Behavioral medicine rotation takes place in December at a family medicine center.

In PGY-2, all call is in-house family medicine call. Residents are responsible for management of the inpatient service, all admission and ER visits for family medicine patients, OB triage and deliveries and phone calls for several family medicine practices. Call is taken every month except ER and FPC months. All second-year residents manage the care of 2 assigned nursing home patients.

Year 2 curriculum includes:

  • Family medicine clinic: 1 month
  • Family medicine inpatient service: 2 months
  • Neurology: 1 month
  • Sports medicine: 1 month
  • Outpatient gynecology in 2 private GYN offices
  • Outpatient pediatrics with a private pediatrician
  • Gastroenterology in a busy outpatient clinic
  • Outpatient cardiology
  • Orthopedics
  • Emergency room

During the third year, the emphasis shifts to the outpatient experience. Residents typically have 4 clinics weekly with a clinic patient load from 6 to 10 per half day. Third-year call is home call supervising second-year residents on the second year in the hospital and in-hospital call. Call is divided among the 6 third-year residents. Third-year residents add an extra nursing home patient for a total of three. In-hospital call is 1-2 times per month.

PGY-3 curriculum:

  • Family medicine center (clinic): 1 month
  • Family medicine inpatient service: 2 months as supervising resident
  • Urology: 2 weeks in a busy practice with partners who love to teach
  • Radiology: 2 weeks in a large, multispecialty group
  • Dermatology: 1 month in 2-3 private practices
  • Otolaryngology: 2 months in an outpatient ENT practice
  • Ophthalmology: 2 months
  • Geriatrics: 1 month
  • Behavioral medicine: 1 month with the focus on tutorial and clinical
  • Electives: 4 months that can in some cases be split into 2-week blocks
Clerkship (Medical Student Rotators)
Wellstar offers qualified third and fourth year medical students the opportunity to pursue a core or elective clerkship in Family Medicine. The focus is on hands-on training in an exciting urban healthcare environment with diverse and often complex patient conditions.

The clerkship program is affiliated with the Medical College of Georgia at Augusta University, Mercer University School of Medicine, Morehouse School of Medicine, Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine and Ross University School of Medicine. Students apply through their home medical school and are required to submit an application through the Alliance for Clinical Experience Matching and Placement Program (ACEMAPP). We also accept applications through the Visiting Student Application Service (VSAS) for the fourth-year rotations.

Clerkship participants work out of the main Wellstar Atlanta Medical Center Campus in downtown Atlanta, as well as our AMC South Campus on Cleveland Avenue. Students provide their own housing during the clerkship, often staying with friends or relatives in the Atlanta area or in nearby housing. Participants give the program high marks and benefit greatly from the opportunity to apply classroom knowledge to “real world” healthcare.

Requirements include:
  • A letter of good standing from your home medical school
  • Basic Life Support certification
  • Advanced Life Support certification
  • Copy of your transcript
Wellstar Atlanta Medical Center welcomes interested medical students to learn more and apply for a rotation. For more information please contact Ashley Thomas by email at ashley.thomas@wellstar.org or via phone at (404) 265-4158.
Leadership & House Staff
How to Apply
Our interview schedule begins in late October and continues through January. Please note that interviews are by invitation and will be scheduled on Fridays during the time period listed. We welcome your interest in Wellstar’s Residency Program in Family Medicine!

Questions? Contact Program Coordinator Tavia Bryan-Samuels.