Meet Rebecca Hayes, NGMC’s new Internal Medicine Residency Program coordinator

November 29, 2018

We are excited to introduce Rebecca Hayes as the new Northeast Georgia Medical Center (NGMC) Internal Medicine Residency Program coordinator.

“Rebecca is a great fit for our program and brings vast experience in Graduate Medical Education (GME) and Lean Six Sigma,” said Dr. James Kruer, Internal Medicine Program director. “She will be able to hit the ground running and make an immediate impact in our program.”

Rebecca joined the NGMC GME team after spending four years at Mercer University School of Medicine (MUSM) and Navicent Health in Macon, Georgia. She served as the program coordinator for two family medicine medical subspecialty fellowships – Geriatric Medicine and Hospice & Palliative Medicine. She also managed MUSM’s 3rd and 4th year medical student elective/selective rotation experiences along with providing rotation direction for family and internal medicine residents.

Rebecca was looking to expand her leadership skills and seized the opportunity to join NGMC’s new GME program. “This opportunity fit perfectly into my career plan,” said Rebecca. “I am excited to be part of NGMC’s inaugural Internal Medicine residency match. This is a once-in-a-lifetime experience to help build a program from the ground up and mold the physicians of the future.”

Rebecca has a passion for education and recently graduated with honors with an AAS degree in Business Technology. She is also Six Sigma Lean Certified in Healthcare and was invited to present at the National 2016 ACGME conference in National Harbor, Maryland as well as the Massachusetts Society of Academic Medical Administrators regional meeting in Boston, Massachusetts.

She is currently Education Chairman and founding board member for a newly formed program coordinator’s group – Alliance of Medical Education Professionals (AMEP). In her role, she is feverishly working with her team to roll out quality education support tools for program coordinators across the nation.

In her role as Internal Medicine Program coordinator, she will handle the day-to-day management of the residency program by assisting program director, Dr. James Kruer, and associate program directors, Dr. Ngoc Phan and Dr. Idopise Umana.

“Having a coordinator of Rebecca’s caliber and talent is the hire of a lifetime,” said Dr. Kruer. “I could not have asked for a more perfect fit for our culture of continuous quality improvement. I look forward to building a top-notch program with her for our internal medicine residents and students.”

Outside of work, Rebecca is pursuing a B.A.S. in Supervision and Management through Georgia Military College. When she has free time, Rebecca enjoys scrapbooking, soccer, cooking and reading.

Rebecca Hayes
Rebecca Hayes (back row, far left) leading her son’s scout troop.

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About Northeast Georgia Health System

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