The Family Medicine Residency Program at WellStar Kennestone Regional Medical Center prepares residents to care for the whole family in an environment that respects their needs and interests, while preparing them for extraordinary careers. We train outstanding Family Medicine physicians to practice and lead high-quality, patient-centered, team-based care.
The program is characterized by a diverse patient population, engaged physician/nurse teams, robust quality improvement initiatives, a successful population health enterprise, as well as simulation and skills labs. Every element is aligned with our vision—to provide world-class healthcare.
Cobb County offers a diverse patient population whose needs reflect the many medical specialties a practicing family physician encounters on a daily basis. From pediatrics to obstetrics and geriatrics, residents will experience a rewarding opportunity to learn and grow as physicians and as people, gaining invaluable skills and experience.
Acceptance to the WellStar Kennestone Regional Medical Center Residency Program in Family Medicine is based on medical school performance, board exam results, letters of recommendation and in-person interviews. We especially encourage applicants who are committed to improving the health of Georgia residents. WellStar Health System is an Equal Opportunity Employer.
The Family Medicine curriculum is designed to comply with requirements to train residents to practice independently and to take and pass the American Board of Family Medicine (ABFM) specialty board certification exam. The educational plan is designed to meet/exceed the educational requirements of the ACGME, Family Medicine Residency Review Committee (RRC-FM) and the ABFM. The program’s structure gives residents the flexibility to configure learning opportunities to meet professional interests and to help them achieve their goals.
Residents provide continuity of care for their panel of patients in diverse settings, including inpatient, outpatient, labor and delivery, and long-term care.
Residents typically spend seven months on the inpatient family medicine service. The continuity clinic is an ongoing part of Family Medicine training.
Whether instruction takes place in the state-of-the-art Family Medicine Clinic or our 633-bed regional hospital, faculty members guide residents in the art and science of medicine. They challenge them to grow and develop, and nurture their ability to improve patient care and quality of life.
Interns spend vital time on rotational services, building their knowledge in areas including ICU, OB/GYN, surgery, inpatient pediatric and the emergency department, both adult and pediatric.
The Family Medicine boot camp/orientation rotation is a unique opportunity that takes place during the first month of the PGY-1 year. During this innovative and memorable rotation, residents complete didactics and online modules focusing on documentation training, coding, billing, electronic health record (EHR) training, practice improvement and HIPAA compliance training.
In their third year, Kennestone Family Medicine residents continue to hone their patient-care skills, while demonstrating leadership in family medicine. Year 3 residents have the opportunity to precept medical students and junior residents, which helps them develop bedside teaching and supervisory skills. Leadership development plays an essential role during year 3 as senior residents oversee the management of patients while precepting junior residents.Second year residents learn from sub-specialty physicians and spend more time with continuity patients in our state-of-the-art outpatient clinic.
In recognition of the ever-increasing importance of ultrasound-guided procedures, Family Medicine residents learn about ultrasound from faculty experts.
Residents have the opportunity to see patients longitudinally within the sports medicine field, treating college athletes under the supervision of a board-certified physician in family and sports medicine.
Family Medicine faculty with obstetrical care privileges directly supervise residents in the complete care of pregnant women.
Family Medicine residents participate in a variety of longitudinal care experiences. They:
Residents receive didactic and tutorial instruction in health system management experiences during their Family Medicine COPC tutorial sessions and during grand rounds.
While we firmly believe that the practice of Family Medicine is best learned through hands-on clinical care, we also recognize the importance of a high quality didactic curriculum to supplement clinical learning.
During monthly Journal Clubs, residents learn research methodology and literature review. Other learning opportunities include a weekly Grand Rounds series, Morbidity and Mortality, a longitudinal board review program, and a Wellness and Longevity curriculum.
Training also includes simulation sessions, procedure labs and interactive didactics to help residents prepare to manage highly complex medical patients. We provide certification in ACLS and PALS.
Additional elective experiences are included but not limited to: allergy/immunology, psychiatry, psychology/behavioral medicine, dermatology, medical oncology, women’s health/GYN, ENT, orthopedics/sports medicine, palliative care, geriatrics, pathology, sleep medicine, rehabilitation medicine and medical ophthalmology.
Novel Elective Rotation Options
Leveraging the strengths of the WellStar Health System, Family Medicine curriculum and clinical experiences are available in areas including community health, student health, research, population health, health policy/advocacy, urgent care, international health, complex care and bariatric medicine.
Resident education is enhanced by a variety of learning experiences. Conferences address learning needs traditionally identified by residents including: Family Medicine Grand Rounds, Ambulatory Morning Report, Inpatient Report, Journal Club, Quality Improvement, a board review course and Morbidity/Mortality Improvement. We also offer workshops and educational sessions related to leadership development.
Join a winning team
Kennestone Regional Medical Center is one of the busiest hospitals in Georgia. Our Emergency Department is the second busiest in the state. By joining our exceptional program you’ll have the chance to:
Gain high-valuable exposure in trending areas like population health, quality of care and medical ethics. Learn patient care best practices from our Accountable Care Organization (ACO), recognized nationally for cost-savings and improved patient outcomes.
Participate in longitudinal follow-up by following a panel of clinic patients throughout your training. You’ll also develop in-depth quality of care initiatives that keep patients safe and improve health outcomes.
A Family Medicine faculty member with obstetrical care privileges supervises and mentors residents in labor and delivery. All core faculty members supervise residents in treating pregnant women within the Family Medicine clinic.
Residents gain pediatric exposure through inpatient rotation, outpatient clinic and newborn service. Residents see continuing/long-term patients at a local skilled nursing and rehabilitation center, where they interact with PT/OT/ speech therapists. Behavioral science is taught years 1, 2, and 3. Residents participate in Balint, Wellness curriculum, case presentations, behavioral medicine skill development, didactic, video review and direct patient observation. Faculty members and colleagues participate in didactic and hands-on learning.
Residents benefit from immediate faculty involvement on interpretation of all X-rays taken at the Family Medicine outpatient clinic at the point of care. Family Medicine preceptors assist the residents in interpreting X-rays and give immediate feedback while the patient is being evaluated in clinic. In addition, residents benefit from immediate faculty involvement in interpretation of some ultrasound-guided sports medicine procedures taken at Family Medicine outpatient clinic at the point of care.
Maintaining personal wellness, developing resiliency and combating burnout through awareness and healthy lifestyles is a consistent focus during the residency program. It is a group priority for all faculty members, who receive specific guidance from the behavioral medicine faculty.
At Kennestone, we want our residents to take care of themselves and their colleagues, have fun and be mindful of the pitfalls. In this way, they can best serve patients and the community, during residency and throughout their careers.
Our salary and benefits program reflects our concern for the resident who has a life, not just a medical degree. Residents enjoy the same top-tier benefits offered to other WellStar Health System employees, and your health and wellness is a top priority. We’ve got people and programs to help you stay healthy, stay focused and not get overwhelmed.
Singular Concierge Services
Vacation and Incidental Sick Time
Group Long Term Disability (LTD)
Supplemental Individual Disability Insurance
Short Term Disability (STD)
Qualified Pension Plan (defined benefit plan)
Supplemental Retirement Savings Plan (403(b) defined contribution plan)
Eligible Deferred Compensation Plan (457b)
Medical Plan (High Deductible Health Plan Options)
Health Savings Account (HSA) or Health Reimbursement Account (HRA)
Dental, Flexible Spending Accounts, Vision, Accident, Critical Illness and Permanent Life Insurance
The Family Medicine Residency Program at WellStar Kennestone Regional welcomes applications from California List medical school graduates who are U.S. citizens, who hold a valid Green Card or who already have a J-1 Visa. Acceptance is based on medical school performance, board exam results, letters of recommendation and in-person interviews. We especially encourage applicants who are committed to improving the health of Georgia residents.
Below please find a brief summary of the key items, which are used as a part of the process for candidate selection.
We invite you to submit your application through ERAS. Applications may be submitted through December 31, but early applications are given preference. In the past several years, we have received over 3,500 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 early October and continues through January. Please note that interviews are by invitation and will be scheduled on Thursdays only during the time period listed. We welcome your interest in the Family Medicine Residency Program at WellStar Kennestone Regional Medical Center.
Questions? Contact Program Coordinator Tammy Hamm.