Thank you for considering training in the emergency medicine residency at Northeast Georgia Medical Center (NGMC). This is a very exciting time for our community health system as our Graduate Medical Education division is only a few years old and emergency medicine will be the fourth of a handful of brand new residencies. This means we have the opportunity to build and shape an educational experience from the ground up and you have the chance to be on the ground floor of something incredible!
I’m honored and excited to have been selected to be the program director. I come from the Indiana University residency program where I served as the assistant program director for five years. Our APDs are Dr. Kathryn West and Dr. Anitha Mathew, who come from Carolinas Medical Center and from Emory. We have a passion for education and for innovation. We’re thrilled to watch our vision become a reality.
Our strong conviction is that clinical excellence is the foundation for any career in emergency medicine, including administration, research, education, and advocacy. And the key to high quality clinical education is being taught by experienced educators at the bedside with a wide variety of patients. Simply put, our patients are our best teachers.
Our emergency departments at Northeast Georgia are busy and efficient. We see over 150,000 visits a year including >25,000 annual pediatric visits. Our acuity is high and we have a very diverse patient population including a diversity of race, ethnicity, language, age, and socioeconomic status. I chose to come to NGMC to build a residency because I am confident that this is an ideal training environment, and graduates from our program will be prepared to work in any emergency department worldwide.
We’re looking for residents who are entrepreneurial, hard-working, visionary, and want to be a part of an exciting new venture, who will help shape the culture of the residency for years to come. Our commitment is to provide you with excellent clinical training, strong institutional support, a foundation for a long and productive career, and a warm and collegial residency family for the next three years.
Finally, Dr. West, Dr. Mathew, and I encourage applicants who are traditionally under-represented in emergency medicine – applicants of color, those who identify as LGBTQ, women, and those from a lower socioeconomic status – to consider Northeast Georgia Medical Center as a home for your residency. We believe that having a diverse group of residents who reflect our patient population will make us a stronger residency and help us to better care for our patients. We are committed to not only supporting our traditionally under-represented residents, but also to strongly advocate for you and your careers as well.
Best of luck, and thank you for considering our program!
Josh Mugele, MD