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2017-2018 Program Highlights

State of the Emory Family Medicine Residency Program

The Emory Family Medicine Residency Program (EFMRP) completed its 23rd year of training residents.  During the 2017-2018 academic year, 28 residents were in training. Ten of our residents completed the program, of which five went into private practice in the state of Georgia.

The program continues to staff its Family Medicine Service (FMS) at Emory University Hospital Midtown, which is the sponsoring hospital for the Emory Family Medicine Residency Program. This is an excellent teaching service with the full academic training and clinical services support of Emory Healthcare. It is also ranked nationally in the top 10% for outstanding quality for academic medical centers.

Our faculty and residents continue to receive recognition for their leadership and outstanding work in medical education, residency training, and clinical research.  Dr. Susana Alfonso, one of the core faculty and interim director for the Emory Family Medicine Clinic, was once again recognized as one of Atlanta’s Top Doctors in 2017.  Dr. Sarah Dupont received the T. A. Sappington Award from the Georgia Academy of Family Physicians.  Dr. Daniel Feckoury received the 2018 Keith Ellis, MD Resident Scholarship Award.

Residents in our program were proliferative in their scholarly work during this academic year presenting posters and placing 1st, 2nd and 3rd at the 2017 Annual GAFP Scientific Assembly.  Dr. Susana Alfonso was promoted to Associate Professor in the Department of Family & Preventive Medicine. Several of our faculty members published original scientific work and review articles during this past year.  All faculty and residents are actively engaged in teaching and lecturing within the department as well as the School of Medicine and Physician Assistant Program.

Our residents remain engaged in Global Health electives, with residents and faculty traveling to Ethiopia during the academic year to continue to assist in the building of the first Family Medicine residency program in the country. 

Our residency program continues to attract large numbers of applicants both nationally and internationally. This year we had over 2,300 applicants.  The program successfully matched all ten positions in March 2018. Through the generosity of Dan and Kathy Amos and the Amos Family Foundation, the program continues to expand its training, moving one step closer to our goal of becoming a 10/10/10 program. 

Our involvement with the Emory Family Medicine Interest Group continues to attract medical students and undergraduates to Family Medicine. The residency program faculty and residents regularly engage in procedure workshops with medical students.

 Faculty / Staff Changes

Dr. Jose Villalon-Gomez joined our faculty in July 2017 as Assistant Program Director.  Dr. Villalon-Gomez became Program Director of the residency program in January 2018.

Dr. Thien-Kim Le joined our faculty in July 2017.

Dr. Kyle Wilson joined our faculty in September 2017.

 2018 Graduates

Beg, Maliha

CareNow Urgent Care 

Locums Tenens

Boone, Timothy

University of Maryland

Sports Medicine Fellowship

Bullon, Tony

University of Tennessee

Emergency Medicine Fellowship

Feckoury, Daniel

Piedmont Primary Care 

Private Practice/Primary Care

Gulati, Priya

Eagles Landing Family Practice

Private Practice/Primary Care

Laury, Torrance

Emory Sports Medicine Fellowship

Sports Medicine Fellowship

Morgan, Elena

SmartCare Urgent Care

Urgent Care

Otabil-Nelson, Maame

Mercy.Net

Private Practice/Primary Care

Patel, Hitesh

Kaiser Permanente

Private Practice/Primary Care

Wong, Gayle

The University of Alabama 

Hospital Medicine Fellowship

All 2018 graduates passed their ABFM board exams on their first attempt.

 Family Medicine Center

All Family Medicine residents and faculty practice in the Emory Family Medicine at Dunwoody clinic and provide inpatient care at Emory University Hospital Midtown.  The Dunwoody site offers full-service primary care, as well as a wide variety of office procedures.  We’ve expanded our clinic hours to include Saturdays for patients with busy work schedules. We offer behavioral counseling on site. The Dunwoody clinic provides teaching and training to Family Medicine residents, medical students, and PA students in Ambulatory Care at the Emory University School of Medicine.  We continue to incorporate e-visits and telephone visits to improve access and quality of care for patients with chronic illness.

The clinic offers a Lifestyle Clinic to help patients with chronic disease overcome barriers to making healthier lifestyle choices. Individual consultation with Preventive Medicine specialists and group visits are provided for patients who seek additional assistance in successful long-term weight loss. 

 Graduates

We currently have 183 graduates in practice.  Approximately 70% are practicing in the state of Georgia.  

 Future Directions

  1. We continue to expand our quality improvement projects in chronic diseases such as diabetes, hypertension, and obesity.
  2. The Midtown and Old 4th Ward Family Medicine faculty offices will continue to provide full-spectrum family medicine care.
  3. EmoryHealthcare is planning to open a fourth family medicine faculty practice at the Emory St. Joseph location.
  4. We continue to recruit faculty members to our residency program.
  5. The TeleHealth VA rotation will continue to provide primary care to rural sites in the state of Georgia.
  6. We are currently developing a Point of Care Ultrasound Curriculum for our residents.