HEALTH BRIEFS: Gwinnett Medical starts interviews for new residency program

Gwinnett Medical starts interviews for new residency program

Gwinnett Medical Center’s Graduate Medical Education Program recently received institutional initial accreditation from the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education and by the American Osteopathic Association for its new family medicine residency. The first class of GMC residents will begin training in June 2014, and the interviewing process for new residents has begun, as GMC hopes to accept up to five residents during the first year.

Family medicine residency training at GMC will provide graduates with the skills necessary to meet the diverse medical needs of the community. From newborn care to geriatrics to maternity care, the program will focus on developing well-trained family physicians to deliver patient-centered care while maintaining a cost-conscious and community-centric approach to health.

“It’s well documented that physicians remain in the community where they complete their residency; the greater north metro stands to benefit from this program as it will help address the severe primary care physician shortage in Georgia,” said Phil Wolfe, GMC’s president and CEO.

GMC’s family medicine residency program is affiliated with the Georgia Campus of Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine and The Georgia Regents University/The University of Georgia Medical Partnership in Athens.

Area hospital offering lung screenings

Eastside Medical Center in Snellville is hosting a lung screening event from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday at Radiography Clinics of Georgia Snellville, 1770 Presidential Circle.

Past or present smokers who are at risk for lung cancer are encouraged to attend.

The screening includes a low dose CT scan, which is non-invasive, painless and only takes a few minutes. Screenings are reviewed by a team of physicians, including a pulmonologist, a thoracic surgeon, a medical oncologist, a radiation oncologist and a radiologist.

The screening fee is $149. Call 1-800-242-5662 to reserve a space.

Walton EMC employees raise $30,000 for breast cancer awareness

Through yearlong activities, Walton EMC employees recently donated $30,000 to the Atlanta 2-Day Breast Cancer Walk. All funds raised through this organization support local breast cancer patients and programs.

Some of the beneficiaries of the Atlanta 2-Day funds serve the Gwinnett area, including Cancer Support Community Atlanta, DeKalb Medical Foundation, Northside Hospital, Gwinnett Medical Center, Lighthouse Lymphoma Network, Turningpoint Women’s Healthcare and Piedmont Hospital, among others.

Walton EMC’s activities culminated with the third annual company-wide Pink Out, a competition among departments to raise awareness for the cause. The winning employee group was from the Snellville office with its Wizard of Oz theme.