Gwinnett Medical Center (GMC) has announced the hiring of Mark D. Darrow, MD, FACP, as director of the organization’s new graduate medical education program. By July of 2014, GMC will offer graduate medical education (GME) through the establishment of residency programs in internal medicine and family medicine.
“Through his vast experience as a geriatrician, internist, family doctor and a medical educator, Dr. Darrow possesses an insightful vision regarding improved healthcare for Georgians through education,” said Phil Wolfe, president and CEO of GMC. “So far, the community has thoroughly embraced this idea of a new graduate medical training program and we are confident Dr. Darrow will meet expectations.”
Dr. Darrow joined GMC from South East Area Health Education Center, a non-profit organization based in Wilmington, N.C., that provides medical training and education. Servicing in this role, he was also the Vice President for Graduate Medical Education at New Hanover Regional Medical Center in Wilmington.
“Dr. Darrow’s deep passion for primary care medicine will help develop a foundation for this new program at GMC that will emphasize the value of patients of all ages and their families,” said Wolfe. GMC will provide rotations at both hospitals in Duluth and Lawrenceville and at a local family health center.
According to the Georgia Board for Physician Workforce, national studies show when a young person graduates from high school, college, medical school and completes a residency in the same region/state, his or her chances of practicing medicine within 75 miles of where the residency training was completed is more than 70 percent.
“The addition of these two primary care training programs will help alleviate the shortage of resident physicians in Georgia and produce more primary care physicians for the state of Georgia who currently ranks 45th in the nation for the number of primary care physicians per 100,000 population,” added Wolfe.
About Gwinnett Medical Center
Recognized by HealthGrades™ as America’s 100 Best Hospitals, Gwinnett Medical Center is a not-for-profit healthcare network with acute-care hospitals in Lawrenceville and Duluth. Offering cardiovascular, orthopedic and neuroscience specialty care as well as a full continuum of wellness services, GMC’s 4,200 associates and 800 affiliated physicians serve more than 400,000 patients annually. To learn more about how GMC is transforming healthcare, visit gwinnettmedicalcenter.org or follow us at facebook.com/gwinnettmedical, twitter.com/gwinnettmedical or youtube.com/gwinnettmedical.