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2015-2016 Program Highlights

Dr. Lianne Beck, Family Medicine Residency Director

Dr. Lianne Beck, Family Medicine Residency Director

State of the Emory Family Medicine Residency Program

The Emory Family Medicine Residency Program (EFMRP) completed its 21st year of training residents. During the 2015-2016 academic year 25 residents were in training. Seven of our residents completed the program, of which 3 went into private practice or academic medicine in the state of Georgia. Two were accepted as fellows in the highly competitive Epidemic Intelligence Service (EIS) with the Center for Disease Control (CDC).

The program continues to staff its Family Medicine service (FMS) at Emory University Hospital Midtown, which is the sponsoring hospital for the Emory Family Medicine Residency Program. This is an excellent teaching service with the full academic training and clinical services support of Emory Healthcare. It is also ranked nationally in the top 10 for outstanding quality for academic medical centers.

Our faculty and residents continue to be recognized for their leadership and outstanding work in medical education, residency training and clinical research. Dr. Naheed Lakhani was recognized for her outstanding scholarship, leadership and community service in her role as Co-Chief Resident winning the prestigious Keith Ellis GAFP Scholarship Award. Dr. Susana Alfonso, one of the core faculty and interim director for the Emory Family Medicine Clinic was recognized as one of Atlanta’s Top Doctors in 2016. Dr. Megha Shah was awarded a Pipeline to Proposal grant through the Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute (PCORI) entitled “Developing ASHA: A community based coalition to address diabetes among the South Asian community in Atlanta”. Dr. Ashley Owen was accepted to complete training with MINT, the Motivational Interviewing Network of Trainers. 

Residents in our program were proliferative in their scholarly work during this academic year. Several residents presented posters at the Annual GAFP Scientific Assembly. Dr. Nicolle Martin and the team of Dr. Tony Bullon and Dr. Priya Gulati placed first and third place respectively in the resident poster category.

This year marked the beginning of our Global Health initiative within the program sending one of our chief residents, Dr. Naheed Lakhani, PGY3 and Associate Program Director, Dr. Oguchi Nwosu to Ethiopia for one month to participate in programmatic activities that are helping to develop the first Family Medicine residency training program in that country. Additionally, Dr. Vivian Leung, PGY3 spent a month in Rwanda with Emory Pediatrics faculty and residents providing medical education in a rural health clinic. Dr. Kim Le, PGY2 spent a month in Ecuador, teaching and providing medical care with Project HEAL, an international medical group that she had worked with during medical school.

The program took advantage of other opportunities for residents to expand their training, while being strong ambassadors for Emory and the Family Medicine residency program. Dr. Vivian Leung, PGY3 and Dr. Nicolle Martin, PGY3, participated in a Medical Journalism elective in New York City. Each worked very long hours with the team of medical journalists at ABC new gaining valuable experience in researching and reporting on important medical issues of the day.

Our residency program continues to attract large numbers of applicants both nationally and internationally. This year there were 2,107 applicants. The program successfully matched all eight positions in March 2016. Through the generosity of Dan and Kathy Amos and the Amos Family foundation, the program continues to expand its training, with the goal of becoming a 10/10/10 program by 2018. With the Class of 2019, we recognized our second La House Scholar, Dr. Mohammed Ali. He is an Associate Professor at Emory’s Rollins School of Public Health and Global Health Institute, whose extensive research and work in the area of diabetes and cardiovascular health make him a deserving recipient of this award. We are honored that he has chosen to remain at Emory for his Family Medicine training.

Our involvement with the Emory Family Medicine Interest Group continues to attract medical students and undergraduates to Family Medicine. Dr. Ambar Kulshreshtha, who graduated from our program in 2015 and is now a junior faculty member in our department, was instrumental in bringing the first chapter of Primary Care in Progress to Emory. This past fall, we were thrilled to have Dr. Reid Blackwelder, a graduate of the Emory School of Medicine and past President of the American Academy of Family Physicians as our honorary guest speaker at the inaugural event to help bring attention and interest to primary care at Emory.

2016 Graduates Career Plans
Nicolle Martin, MD, MPH  Atlanta VA, Emory and Morehouse Faculty
Vailoor Jairaj, MD Hospitalist at Emory Johns Creek, Atlanta GA
Adebeyo Akinatyao, MD, MPH Urgent Care, Atlanta GA
Vivian Leung, MD EIS (CDC), Atlanta, GA
Naheed Lakhani, MD, MPD  Sydney, Australia
Bipin Bagga, MD  Private practice, Albuquerque, NM 
Sufyan Siddiqui, MD Private practice, Denver, CO

All 2016 graduates passed their ABFM board exams on first attempt. We continue to lead the state in all Family Medicine residency programs in first time board passage rates at nearly 99%.

Future Directions

We anticipate future expansion of our Dunwoody site as we strive to provide care for a larger portion of our local population. Our practice offers care coordination and reporting of quality indicators for chronic diseases such as diabetes and hypertension in our practice.

We plan to open another Family Medicine clinic on or near the Emory University Hospital Midtown campus in 2017. We continue to dedicate faculty resources to teaching medical students and residents at Emory. We have recently hired one new faculty, and we are in the process of recruiting several others, so that we may continue to provide excellent teaching while providing quality primary care for our community.