The WellStar Atlanta Medical Center (AMC) 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 Atlanta Medical Center Family Medicine residency program is built on the belief that the best healthcare is a partnership between patient and provider.


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 Atlanta Medical Center 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 or via phone at 404-265-4158

Unique Features

Learn by Doing

Research shows that adults learn best by doing, and that’s just what this program is all about. WellStar AMC Family Medicine 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.

Leadership & House Staff
George Brown
Program Director, Family Medicine
Dr. Brown has directed the WellStar Atlanta Medical Center Residency Program in Family Medicine since 2010. He received his medical degree from the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, where he was an Alpha Omega Alpha graduate. Dr. Brown completed his Family Medicine residency at the University of Virginia Hospital, Charlottesville where he received the Mead Johnson national award of excellence. He also has a CAQ (Certificate of Added Qualifications) in Geriatrics.
Gabriella Maris
Clerkship Director
Dr. Maris obtained her medical degree at the Medical University of South Carolina in Charleston, SC. She then completed her Family Medicine Residency training at the University of Pennsylvania in Philadelphia, PA. She was faculty at Lankenau Hospital Internal Medicine Residency in Wynnwood, PA prior to coming to WellStar, in addition to working in Urgent Care. She serves as WellStar Atlanta Medical Center’s Family Medicine Clerkship Directory and has Clinical Professorships with Ross University, Georgia Reagents University (MCG), Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine, GA Campus. She practices holistic, full spectrum care with a special interest in women's health, outpatient psychiatric management, and LGBT primary care. She is also dedicated to medical education, mentoring both our medical students and resident physicians.
Yulonda Christie
Family Medicine Residency Coordinator
Yulonda is an experienced graduate medical education professional, with more than 15 years of experience in the field.
Antonio A. Williams
Associate Program Director, Family Medicine
Dr. Williams is board certified in Family Medicine, specializing in comprehensive care of all ages, performing a wide variety of office-based primary care procedures. He serves as the Associate Program Director and the Department Chair of WellStar AMC’s Family Medicine Department. Dr. Williams attended the University of Georgia in Athens, Georgia, where he earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Cellular Biology. He subsequently earned his medical degree from Morehouse School of Medicine in Atlanta, Georgia. He completed his Family Medicine Residency at Atlanta Medical Center, in 2006, where he was elected Chief Resident. After residency, Dr. Williams worked as a physician in a state-designated rural part of central Georgia for five years. He has in-depth inpatient and palliative care experience, previously working both as a Hospitalist and Hospice Medical Director. He served on numerous committees during that time, including the Upson County Board of Health. Dr. Williams joined the faculty at Atlanta Medical Center in 2011 out of a desire to be involved in academic medicine. His credo is that better individual patient care is achieved when the family is cared for as a unit. As a result of that belief, he is dedicated to educating the next generation of Family Physicians. Community and giving back is a priority for Dr. Williams. He has been involved in countless health fairs and other community events over his career and has received community service awards for that effort. In his leisure time, Dr. Williams enjoys attending sporting events and the theatre, trying out new recipes to prepare, and active family time with his wife and son.
Cierra Allen
Dr. Cierra Allen received her medical degree from Boston University School of Medicine in Boston, MA. She completed her Family Medicine residency at Wellstar Atlanta Medical Center in Atlanta, Georgia. She is board certified in Family Medicine by American Board of Family Medicine. Dr. Allen is currently in practice at WellStar Atlanta Medical Center Family Medicine in Morrow, GA.
Patrice Pearson
Family Medicine Core Faculty
Dr. Patrice Pearson is a graduate of Emory University School of Medicine, and completed her Family Medicine Residency at Atlanta Medical Center. She is currently serving as the Medical Director at the Family Medicine Clinic in Morrow, where she has practiced for over nine years. She enjoys seeing a wide range of patients, with a special interest in diabetes management and helping her patients enjoy a healthier lifestyle.
Michele Smith
Family Medicine Core Faculty
Michele Smith received her PhD in marriage and Family Therapy/Child and Family Development from the University of Georgia in Athens, GA and completed training in Medical Family Therapy at Duke University Medical Center in Durham, NC. She specializes in the treatment of anxiety, depression, and PTSD and works with individuals, couples, and families who are experiencing stress related to medical conditions and personal concerns.
Davon Thomas
Family Medicine Core Faculty
Originally from Westchester County, NY, Davon moved to Atlanta to attend Emory University where he studied Anthropology and Human Biology. Captivated by Atlanta’s southern hospitality, Davon stayed in the city and matriculated into Morehouse School of Medicine’s M.D. Program. While there, he was inducted into the Alpha Omega Alpha Honor Medical Society and he graduated summa cum laude from the program. Davon completed his medical training at WellStar Atlanta Medical Center’s Family Medicine Residency Program. He is now honored to be a part of the Atlanta Medical Center legacy as a faculty physician in the Family Medicine Residency Program. Davon enjoys seeing patients of all ages, including prenatal care, and teaching residents which keeps him up to date on his medical knowledge. Outside of medicine, Davon is passionate about service; he is an active member of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc. He works with the DeKalb County Alphas mentoring program and volunteers to feed and clothe the homeless in downtown Atlanta. In his free time, he enjoys eating out with his beautiful, intelligent wife, Rho. They are passionate about traveling both with and without their kids and dog.
Lisa Le, M.D.
International American University College of Medicine
Megan Philkhana, M.D.
American University of Antigua College of Medicine
Stephen Scott, M.D.
Medical College of Georgia at Georgia's Health Sciences University
Kayla Stuckey, DO
William Carey University College of Medicine
Patrice Thompson, M.D.
Ross University School of Medicine
Sana Virani, M.D.
American University of Antigua College of Medicine
Nikita Chand, M.D.
Bharati Vidyapeeth Medical College Pune
Rachael Dean, M.D.
American University of Antigua College of Medicine
Haleh Khoshreza, M.D.
Universitaet Zu Koln
Nikhil Neelkantan, M.D.
International American University
Jemese Richards-Boyd, M.D.
Drexel University College of Medicine
Caroline Waryoba, M.D.
Florida State University College of Medicine
Hayden Aaron, M.D.
Ross University School of Medicine
Renée Susan Breen, M.D.
American University of Integrative Sciences, St. Maarten School of Medicine
Maria Dinh, M.D.
Ross University School of Medicine
Phong Do, M.D.
St. George's University School of Medicine
Sarah Edmonson, M.D.
American University of Antigua College of Medicine
Pelham Williams, M.D.
Meharry Medical College
Salary & Benefits

Benefits include:

  • A minimum of one day in seven free from hospital duties
  • Annual Vacation: 3 weeks
  • Fully paid business travel for abstract and podium presentations
  • Free professional conference poster preparation
  • Employee Assistance Program (EAP)
  • Free Membership at Highland Athletic Club (adjacent to hospital)
  • Free Parking
  • EPIC Integrated System throughout the hospital and clinics; ability to access from home or mobile device
  • iPad mini
  • Jury and Bereavement Leave
  • Library access 24/7 for medical searches and article retrieval
  • Daily meals provided while in the hospital
  • Pleasant On-Call Quarters
  • Resident-Led Medical Ward Teams
  • Best Upon Request® on-site concierge service with minimal fees (ex: grocery shopping, car maintenance, gift retrieval)
  • Resident expense account for approved educational purchases up to $1,500
  • UpToDate™ access
  • American College of Physicians (ACP) annual membership


Core Benefits

Available to full time employees at no cost, these benefits include: Basic Employee Life Insurance, Basic Personal Accident Insurance and Long Term Disability coverage.


Medical/ Dental/ Vision Plan

Choose from comprehensive options in all three areas. You have 31 days beginning on your date of hire/rehire to enroll. Your coverage will begin on the first day of the month following 30 days of continuous full-time or eligible part-time employment.


Disability Plan

Full time employees may purchase Short-term and Critical Illness coverage. You have 31 days beginning on your date of hire/rehire to enroll. Your coverage will begin on the first day of the month following 30 days of continuous full-time or eligible part-time employment.


Life/Disability/ Voluntary Benefits Plans

Life Insurance and Accidental Death and Dismemberment Insurance are available to you, your spouse, and children. You have 31 days beginning on your date of hire/rehire to enroll. Your coverage will begin on the first day of the month following 30 days of continuous full-time or eligible part-time employment.


Reimbursement Accounts

Set aside pre-tax dollars for out-of-pocket medical and dependent care expenses. You have 31 days beginning on your date of hire/rehire to enroll. Your coverage will begin on the first day of the month following 30 days of continuous full-time or eligible part-time employment.


403(b) Retirement Plan

All team members are immediately eligible to participate in the 403(b) plan. There is no waiting period to begin your contributions. Participating employees will receive a company match on their contributions of up to 4% of their base salaries.

Application Requirements & How to Apply

We participate in the National Residency Matching Program (NRMP). Note that the WellStar AMC program does not offer preliminary intern or transitional positions. Below please find a brief summary of the key items used as a part of the process for candidate selection.

  • Recent or impending graduation from US or non-US medical school.
  • Clinical experience, as evidenced by letters of recommendation from within the United States during externships/rotations.
  • Passing score on USMLE or COMLEX Part I and Part II.
  • Passage of the CSA or PE examination.
  • Fluency in English and good written language skills.
  • ECFMG certification if applicable.
  • VISA status: J-1 visa holders only. WellStar Atlanta Medical Center does not sponsor other VISA types.

We invite you to submit your application through the Electronic Residency Application Service (ERAS), through December 31. In the past several years, we have received over 3,200 applicants yearly and therefore are not able to respond individually. We will notify you should we select your application for an interview.

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 Atlanta Medical Center’s Residency Program in Family Medicine!

Questions? Contact Program Coordinator Yulonda Christie.