MOULTRIE, Georgia — Four primary care physicians will graduate as the class of 2022 from the Georgia South Family Residency Program at Sunset Country Club on Monday, June 25.
“This is the third year we’ve been able to rally and collectively recognize the realization of a vision we’ve long held,” Jim Matney, Colquitt’s regional president and CEO, said in a press release Monday.
“Georgia South Graduate Medical Education is the culmination of years of planning and strategy to bring necessary services to this area,” Matney said. “This year, as we graduated our third grade and welcomed a new group of primary care physicians, we also celebrated the addition of a new psychiatry residency program to Georgia South and honored our first-class psychiatry residents. This is just the beginning. Our vision for Georgia South is to be the regional leader in graduate medical education and to provide an unparalleled training experience for our residents, medical students and other students.”
Georgia South’s new alumni include Doctor of Medicine (MD) Arian Baker and Doctors of Osteopathy (DO) Ethan McBrayer, Jermaine Robinson, and Stephen Yarbrough.
The class of 2022 began their residencies in the summer of 2019.
According to the press release, residency is the last step before doctors start practicing on their own.
The graduates have gained knowledge of various specialties during the rotations of the three-year program, including radiology, orthopedics, intensive care, practice management and dermatology.
The residents can also work at the Georgia South Family Medicine Residency Clinic, which helps them build a relationship with their patients.
Kirby Smith, director of the Georgia South Family Medicine Residency Program, said, “It is our hope that when our residents graduate from Georgia South, they will remain in or near Moultrie to begin their careers as independent physicians.
“This year, all four graduates will remain within a 65-mile radius of Georgia South,” he said, “and three have signed up to remain within the Colquitt Regional family. These physicians will be a tremendous asset to our community. We are immensely proud of this class of graduates and proud to have played a part in their education and training.”
Baker joins the team at HCA Florida Capital Primary Care in Tallahassee, Florida, as a primary care physician.
McBrayer and Yarbrough will practice family medicine at Sterling Group Primary Care.
Robinson starts working at CRMC as a hospitalist.
The inaugural class of psychiatry and sixth form of family medicine were presented on June 15 at the annual Residents Celebration in Georgia South.
The incoming primary care physicians include Monica Drummond, DO, Charles Haddad, MD, Montavious McKenzie, MD, and Bayan Suleiman, MD.
The first class of psychiatric residents is Anthony Cimmino, MD, Xuan Ouyang, DO, and Richard Tricardo, MD.
“Of the total of 14 graduates who have completed Georgia South, half now practice at Colquitt Regional or a Sterling Physician Group clinic,” said Richard E. Turner Jr., the chairman of the CRMC Hospital Authority. “Rural areas have suffered from a lack of access to physicians in the past, but we have created a tangible solution to this problem through the implementation of our residency programs.”
Georgia South is located at 3301 Freedom Lane.
For more information on Georgia South Graduate Medical Education, see: www.colquittregional.com/georgia-south/.