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GMC taps director for new residency program

Kimberly Carter Bates

Kimberly Carter Bates

Gwinnett Medical Center’s work to help solve Georgia’s shortage of physicians is taking shape.

This week, the Lawrenceville hospital announced that it has chosen a director for its budding internal medicine residency program.

Most recently a physician at Ohio State University, Dr. Kimberly Carter Bates, is now responsible for developing a residency program that allows medical school graduates to further their knowledge and skills on the road to being certified.

Bates will work alongside Dr. Mark Darrow, director of GMC’s graduate medical education program, to guide residents through an extensive curriculum of general internal medicine, with emphasis on prevention, diagnosis and treatment of adult diseases.

The program, with its first residents to arrive in summer 2015, will also focus on outpatient training, quality outcomes and resident participation in community-based chronic disease workshops for patients.

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

GMC believes Bates is the right new team member to take the developing program in those directions.

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

Prior to getting tapped for GMC position, Bates 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.