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GMC-Duluth announces teaching program

DULUTH — Gwinnett Medical Center — Duluth has announced the initiation of a medical student teaching program in partnership with the Georgia campus of the Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine in Suwanee.

The program is designed to provide hospitalists — hospital-employed physicians devoted exclusively to the care of patients admitted overnight — for GMC while allowing students to gain medical experience.

“For several years, medical students have been rotating through the hospitalist service at GMC-Duluth for their core internal medicine rotation,” said Alan Bier, executive vice president and chief medical officer of Gwinnett Medical Center. “As the service has become more utilized, our hospitalists have had a strong desire to maintain the program but have had less time to devote to teaching.”

To develop a more comprehensive approach to the new teaching program, GMC has tapped Daren Wannamaker, an assistant professor of internal medicine at GA-PCOM and a hospitalist, to fill the position of director of Osteopathic Medical Education and oversee the new program.

“I am honored to have the opportunity to help train our students in a fine clinical setting such as Gwinnett Medical Center — Duluth,” Wannamaker said. “The immediate benefits of teaching the students will develop into a rich source of new primary care physicians in the area.”