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Gwinnett Medical Center–Duluth Introduces New Training Program with PCOM


Duluth,  GA –Gwinnett Medical Center –Duluth (GMC-Duluth) has begun a new medical student teaching program in partnership with Georgia Campus-Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine in near-by Suwanee.

 “For several years, medical students have been rotating through the hospitalist service at Duluth for their core internal medicine rotation,” said Alan Bier, MD, executive vice president and chief medical officer at GMC.  “As the service has become busier the hospitalists very much want to maintain the program but have had less time to devote to teaching.”

 To address this issue, and develop a more comprehensive approach to the teaching program, GA-PCOM has employed a physician to fill the position of Director of Osteopathic Medical Education for the GA-PCOM program.  

Daren Wannamaker, DO, an assistant professor of internal medicine at GA-PCOM and a hospitalist, will oversee the new program.  He will begin a regular schedule working with GA-PCOM students in June. A hospitalist is a hospital employed  physician who works in a hospital, devoted exclusively to the care of inpatients.

“I am honored to have the opportunity to help train our students in a fine clinical setting such as Gwinnett Medical Center-Duluth,” said Dr. Wannamaker.  “I am already impressed with the scope of cases.  The immediate benefits of teaching the students will flourish in the future into a rich source of new primary care physicians in the area and  I look forward to a long and mutually beneficial relationship between the school and hospital  which I’m humbled to be a small part of it.”

Dr. Wannamaker will spend one-half day, four days a week at GMC– Duluth, working on the hospitalist service. He will be responsible for making rounds, and making diagnostic and treatment decisions.  He will have the medical students with him and will have primary teaching responsibilities for those students.”

The remainder of Dr. Wannamaker’s day will be spent on the GA-PCOM campus and where he will be responsible for coordinating GA-PCOM’s medical student rotations at GMC and other hospitals.  When Dr. Wannamaker leaves the hospital, he will turn care of his patients over to the covering hospitalists on service at GMC-D.  The students will then be assigned to follow other hospitalists or to read and study.

 “This partnership marks a new phase in a growing relationship between Gwinnett Medical Center and Georgia Campus-Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine,” according to Paul Evans, DO, dean and chief academic officer of the osteopathic medicine program at the college’s Georgia campus.  

GA-PCOM students are also supervised by GMC specialists in other disciplines.  The hospital has been nationally recognized for excellence of medical care quality indicator scores in critical care services, complication rates, stroke care, pneumonia care and treatment of heart attack, pulmonary embolism, heart failure and total hip replacement among others.