Opportunities grow for medical residents in Georgia

Gwinnett Medical Center (GMC) has announced the hiring of Kimberly Carter Bates, MD, as director of the internal medicine residency for the Graduate Medical Education Program. Dr. Bates will be responsible for developing a residency program that allows medical school graduates to further their knowledge and skills to become board certified internal medicine physicians.

Along with Mark Darrow, MD, director of GMC’s Graduate Medical Education Program, Dr. Bates will guide residents through the extensive curriculum of general internal medicine, highlighting the prevention, diagnosis and treatment of adult diseases. Resident program highlights include:

  • A significant focus on outpatient training,
  • An emphasis on quality outcomes, and
  • Resident participation in community-based chronic disease workshops for patients.

According to Phil Wolfe, GMC’s president and CEO, the significant hospital expansion over the past five years allows GMC to provide a depth of exposure and a one-on-one experience for a robust education program.

“Dr. Bates is extremely skilled in managing patients’ complex healthcare needs,” said Dr. Darrow. “We will provide students with a solid medical education foundation to practice internal medicine in a hospital or outpatient setting.”

The program goal is to develop internal medicine physicians who can care for people challenged by complex health problems despite living longer lives.  Residents will also understand the dynamic between how a high-level primary care physician and high-level specialists can work together to provide high-level patient care.  The exposure to a range of healthcare issues based on the diverse patient population in Gwinnett County will add depth to the program.

Most recently, Dr. Bates held staff physician positions at Ohio State University in internal medicine and in pediatrics. She also served as director of FACES HIV Program at Nationwide Children’s Hospital and the co-director of Med 4 Chronic Care Curriculum at The Ohio State University’s College of Medicine. She is board certified by the American Board of Internal Medicine and the American Board of Pediatrics.  

The first internal medicine residents will begin the summer 2015 and interested medical students will be able to apply for positions this fall. The internal medicine residency program is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education (ACGME) and is pursuing dual accreditation with the American Osteopathic Association (AOA).

About Gwinnett Medical Center

Gwinnett Medical Center is a nationally-recognized, 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 4,500 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.



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