Family Medicine Residency Update

Wellstar Atlanta Medical Center has moved inpatient rotations to Wellstar Douglas Medical Center. We are the only residency program in this hospital, and are an unopposed program. The ACGME has approved this move so we will be able to proceed with the excellent education we have always provided our residents.

Wellstar Douglas has welcomed us with open arms and is building a brand new clinic for us. We hope to move into that clinic in the summer of 2023. The clinic will be in close proximity to the hospital which will be much better than the 20-minute drive we have to our clinic now. While the transition is sure to be bumpy, this will take our strong program to the next level. We are very excited about this move.

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.
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 Douglas Medical Center Campus. 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 Douglas Medical Center welcomes interested medical students to learn more and apply for a rotation. For more information please contact Samantha Dance by email at [email protected] or via phone at (404) 265-4158.

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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 LaKeisha Borum.

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Family Medicine
Preparing the Next Generation of Family Health Physicians

Choosing a residency program is a big decision. You want to know you’re in the right place to prepare yourself for an extraordinary career as a family medicine physician. We understand.

As a Wellstar Kennestone resident, you’ll gain experience delivering care to a diverse population of patients. With the support of board-certified experts who are leaders in their fields, you’ll learn a family-centered, team-based approach to healthcare. These valuable insights will position you to provide next-level care to patients of all ages and at every stage of life in your own practice.

About Our Program
Our location in the metro Atlanta area helps you hone the skills you need to care for a wide range of patients, learning to provide exceptional care, tailored to the unique medical and emotional needs of people from all backgrounds.

Our family medicine residents rotate through a wide range of subspecialities, including:
  • Adult and pediatric emergency medicine
  • Inpatient pediatric care
  • Intensive care
  • Long-term care
  • Obstetrics and gynecology
  • Surgery
  • Ultrasound
You’ll also work through an administrative and professional curriculum that addresses topics including billing and coding, documentation, electronic health records (HER), HIPPA compliance and practice improvement.
Why Choose Wellstar Kennestone Hospital?
Our highly regarded program offers residents a rewarding opportunity to learn and thrive as physicians and as people.
During our three-year program, you’ll provide care in outpatient and inpatient settings. Whether instruction takes place in our state-of-the-art continuity clinic or our high-volume regional hospital, you’ll gain hands-on experience from day one. Our curriculum mimics what you’ll find in real-life practice with longitudinal experience.

Here, you’ll have the opportunity to follow patients for up to six months as they seek care—care that you would provide as a family medicine physician. That includes supporting patients during pregnancies and as they manage chronic conditions, as well as delivering the complex, rewarding care geriatric patients need and deserve.

Kennestone family medicine residents also participate in our Community Oriented Primary Care (COPC), which is a monthly session that incorporates biostatistics, population health and preventative medicine.

We perform the following outpatient procedures:
  • Circumcision
  • Colposcopy
  • Corticosteroid injection
  • Cryotherapy
  • IUD insertion and removal
  • Nexplanon insertion and removal
  • Skin biopsy
As well as the following inpatient procedures:
  • Arterial catheter lines
  • Intubations
  • Joint reductions
  • Laceration repairs
We firmly believe the practice of family medicine is best learned through hands-on clinical care. However, we also recognize the importance of a high-quality didactic curriculum to supplement clinical learning.

As a family medicine resident, you’ll gain valuable experience developing, participating and completing a wide range of training, including:
  • Ambulatory and inpatient reports
  • Board review program
  • Grand rounds
  • Journal clubs
  • Morbidity and mortality
  • Research methodology and literature review
  • Wellness and longevity curriculum
To prepare you to manage highly complex medical patients, our curriculum also includes:
  • ACLS certification
  • PALS certification
  • Procedure labs
  • Simulation sessions
  • Weekly board reviews
As a physician, you are always learning. No matter your age or stage of career, we all become better when we’re constantly learning and growing. At Wellstar Kennestone, we consider research to be a cornerstone of that advancement and growth. That’s why we offer unique and fun research opportunities for all our students—wherever you are in your learning.

During PGY-1, you’ll participate in a case presentation competition amongst the interns at the end of their first year. This is an in-house research night. We also encourage all residents to partake in the local GAFP Poster presentations annually. We have presented multiple posters each year of interesting research and case reports.

And in PGY-2, you’ll be expected to complete a class-based project focusing on population health and prevention at the community level.

Finally, during PGY-3, you’ll complete a QI project based on a topic of your own interest.
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Frequently Asked Questions
At our residency program, you’ll find a supportive culture and endless opportunities for learning. Find out more about what to expect at Wellstar.
On interview day, you will participant in several individual interviews as we try to get to know you as a candidate. But because we also know you’re here to learn about us, we’ve carved out time for you to meet with our current residents, faculty and program leadership to ask questions and hear about their experiences. We’ll also make sure you receive a tour of both Wellstar Kennestone Hospital and the Family Medicine Clinic before you leave.
We want to get to know you as a student and person, and learn as much as we can about your overall experience during your interviews. As long as you meet all application requirements, we have no specific preference in regard to your undergraduate focus.
Away rotations can be arranged at the program director’s discretion.
Family medicine residents are given academic half days every Wednesday from 1-5 PM. During this time, you’ll participate in board review, Journal Club, case reports, faculty-led academic reviews of EBM, and wellness activities, among other didactics.
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Ready to Join an Exceptional Team?
Before applying, you must be registered to participate in the National Residency Match Program (NRMP); no program positions will be offered outside of the NRMP.

Once registered, you can submit your application through the Electronic Residency Application Service (ERAS).