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2016-2017 Program Highlights

State of the Emory Family Medicine Residency Program

The Emory Family Medicine Residency Program (EFMRP) completed its 22nd year of training residents.  During the 2016-2017 academic year 26 residents were in training. We are very proud of the support that we receive from the Georgia Board for Physician Workforce; this year, 7 of 8 graduates went into private practice or academic medicine in the state of Georgia.

Our faculty and residents staff the Family Medicine inpatient 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 receive recognition for their leadership and outstanding work in medical education, residency training and clinical research. Dr. Susana Alfonso, one of the core faculty and interim director for the Emory Family Medicine Clinic was once again recognized as one of Atlanta’s Top Doctors in 2016 and chosen to be Vice President of the GAFP. Dr. Leila Myrick, one of our newly matched PGY1s was chosen for the T.A. Sappington “Outstanding Student in Family Medicine” award by the Georgia Academy of Family Physicians. Dr. Ambar Kulshreshtha was appointed a Fellow of the American Heart Association and nominated Board Chair for the Georgia Healthy Family Alliance.   

Residents in our program were proliferative in their scholarly work during this academic year presenting posters and placing 1st, 2nd and 3rd at the 2016 Annual GAFP Scientific Assembly.  Dr. Kim Le, Dr. Teresa Beck and Dr. Megha Shah coauthored and published a book chapter “Medical Care for Undocumented Immigrants: National and International Issues.” Dr. Oguchi Nwosu was promoted to Associate Professor in the Department of Family & Preventive Medicine. All faculty and residents are actively engaged in teaching and lecturing within the department as well as the School of Medicine and Physician’s Assistant Program.

Our residents remain engaged in Global Health electives, with residents and faculty traveling to Ethiopia during the academic year to continue to assist in the building of the first Family Medicine residency program in that country. Dr. Kim Le, PGY3 and co-chief resident, returned to Ecuador to provide teaching and medical care with Project HEAL, an international medical group that she had worked with during medical school. Dr. Alia Hassanali, PGY3, participated in a highly competitive Medical Journalism elective in New York City, working with the team of medical journalists at ABC news gaining invaluable experience in research and reporting on important medical issues. 

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 10 positions in March 2017. Through the generosity of Dan and Kathy Amos and the Amos Family foundation, the program continues to expand its training, moving one step closer to our goal of becoming a 10/10/10 program. 

Our involvement with the Emory Family Medicine Interest Group continues to attract medical students and undergraduates to Family Medicine. The residency program faculty and residents remain engaged in the newly established chapter of Primary Care in Progress at Emory. This past fall, we were honored to have Dr. Tom Bodenheimer, Professor Emeritus at UCSF, Center Excellence in Primary Care as a guest visitor to our program. We welcomed his insights and suggestions and were happy to learn that our Family Medicine Clinic is making significant progress towards impaneling patients, clinic continuity and team based care.

2017 Graduates Career Plans
Kyle Wilson, MD, MPH  Emory Family Medicine Faculty, Atlanta GA
Kim-Thien Le, MD Emory Family Medicine Faculty, Atlanta GA
Hilary Dowdall, MD JenCare, Atlanta GA
Rani Patel, MD JenCare, Atlanta, GA
Sanjay Manubolu, MD, MPD  Urgent Care/Locums, Boston MA
Donovan Johnson, MD  Gwinnett Medical Group, Loganville GA 
Sunaina Jhurani, MD Piedmont Physicians Group, Woodstock GA
Alia Hassanali, MD Hospital Medicine Grady, Atlanta GA

All 2017 graduates passed their ABFM board exams on first attempt. We currently have 175 graduates in practice. Approximately 70% are practicing in the state of Georgia.

Future Directions

We anticipate additional 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, hypertension and obesity in our practice. 

We have opened two new Family Medicine faculty clinics, one in Midtown and the other in Old 4th Ward in downtown Atlanta, and hired three new faculty. Emory Healthcare will open nine new primary care clinics this fall. Of these clinics, many are recruiting family medicine providers specifically in order to provide ambulatory care to both children, youth, and adults. Our faculty continue teaching medical students and continue to seek involvement with the FMIG at Emory.

We are planning two new rotations (rural tele-health, palliative care) at the Atlanta VA Medical Center through our submitting a VACAA (Veterans Access, Choice and Accountability Act of 2014) application. The VA Tele-Primary care rotation is an innovative national pilot to help better serve Veterans in rural locations where there are not sufficient available primary care providers. We believe this model is one that can be expanded so that all people living in rural Georgia are no longer disadvantaged by having limited access to primary care.

Starting January 2, 2018, Dr. José Villalon-Gomez will assume the Program Director role for the Emory Family Medicine Residency Training Program. Joining Dr. Villalon-Gomez in the FM Residency leadership team will be Dr. Guch Nwosu as Associate Program Director.