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Family and Preventive Medicine

In the departmental listings, the following notations signify particular faculty appointments:

* Secondary appointment
+ Part time
^ Faculty member with secondary appointment outside the School of Medicine
# Faculty member with primary appointment outside the School of Medicine

Katherine L. Heilpern, Interim Chair of the Department

Professors Emeriti

Daniel W. Barker, Robert H. Curry+, Henry Kahn+, John Michael Lane+, John William Pinkston, Jr., Thomas F. Sellers Jr.+,  Marilyn Washburn


Benroe Wayne Blount, William R. Elsea+, Lawrence J. Lutz

Associate Professors

Ira K. Schwartz, William E. Torres

Acting Associate Professor

Bryan Williams

Assistant Professors

John Dennis Banja,Teresa L. Beck, Sue Anne Brenner+, Samantha K. Brown-Parks, Jan J. Douglas, Karen Scott Duncan, Anne Lang Dunlop, Norberto Fas, Jodie L. Guest, Emily J. Herndon+, Ann Elizabeth Hoos-Young, Michael J. Huey, Virginia H. Joslin, Michael B. Miller, Hogai Nassery, Oguchi Andrew O. Nwosu, Aruna Panini, Mamie Phillips, Michael P. Rafferty, Elizabeth Pound Rothschild, Betti Jo Steele+, George Stefenelli, Steven Stewart, Cynthia Sumner, Deborah B. Sumner+, Xuexin Tang+, Tessie Thomas, Tisha M. Titua, Joanne Williams


David Boswell Callahan, Catherine E. Wilson Dragon, Kara Zukowski McDaniel, Karen A. Newell, Ashley Owen

Senior Associates

Felicia J. Guest, Allan F. Platt Jr., Carol C. Rappaport+,

Adjunct Associate Professors

Robert Lee+

Adjunct Assistant Professors

Amy Barfield, Naimi Cheema, James Craig, Hugh DeJarnette, Omer Eubanks, Wesley Hoke, Yong Kim, Raja Midha, Robert Monett, Mae Morgan, Anu Murthy, Brian Nadoline, Michael Obiekwe, Isioma Okobah, Gabriel Onofre, Ralph Peeler, Jack Root, Stewart Sanders, Ayesha Shaikh, Varinder Singh, Steven Stewart, Ben Thomas, Tina-Ann Thompson, Tay Tidman, David Van, Regina Wang

Adjunct Clinical Associate Professors

Joseph M. Kinkade Jr.*, Phillip R. Rogers+

Adjunct Clinical Assistant Professors

Eduardo Azziz-Baumgartner, Michael W. Early, Sr, Thomas D. Fausett,  Alexander S. Gross,  Antonio Rios III,  Elizabeth Tong

Adjunct Clinical Instructors

LeAnne H. Martinelli, Michael Martinelli, Sheila L. Mayo

Adjunct Clinical Senior Associates

Lissette M. E. Valdes

Adjunct Clinical Associates

William Holmes Bryson

The department emphasizes prevention of disease and the progressive improvement in the quantity and quality of medical care for both the individual and the community.

MD 705:  Ambulatory Care Block (12 Credits)

The Ambulatory Care Block provides 12 weeks of exposure to and experience in outpatient care by immersing the M3 student into a full spectrum primary care setting. The medical students spends six weeks at an Adult Primary care office (either in Family Medicine or Ambulatory Internal Medicine.  The supplementary six weeks are spent as half days in a pediatric office and the corresponding half days in Dermatology, Ophthalmology, Orthopedics, Otolaryngology, Palliative Care, and Urology.   Students are assessed by direct observation of the preceptors, written examination, student presentations, oral exams, reflection papers, quality improvement papers, and logbooks. This clerkship is not open to visiting students.

Elective Opportunities
Elective courses in Family Medicine are offered for credit only to senior medical students. These clinical options involve various aspects of primary care: family medicine sub-internship, outpatient clinics or a special aspect of family medicine, preventive medicine, clinical and laboratory aspects of infectious disease and epidemiology, and research opportunities in primary care, family medicine, and preventive medicine. Seniors may also include in their elective program listed courses from the new curriculum of the Master of Public Health Program on subject areas such as management, public policy, health resource allocation, health planning, and environmental health. Directed study elective courses may also be undertaken. The proposal must be cleared with the department as it is dependent on preceptor availability. Graded as Satisfactory or Unsatisfactory.

 MD - Family Medicine Electives

Rural Medicine – This is a four week elective in outpatient medicine located in rural communities in various locations throughout the state of Georgia.  Depending upon the location, various populations may be served, including geriatric or retirement communities, college health, migrant farm workers, and suburban towns.  The students learn to provide culturally competent, patient-centered, comprehensive, site-appropriate care, - and to utilize the resources available in the specific locations.  This elective is established in collaboration with the Area Health Education Centers (AHEC).   Preceptor evaluations and reflective papers are used to determine the student’s grade.  Grading is on a pass-fail basis.  These electives are open to visiting students when available.

 MD - Fourth Year Family Medicine Preceptorships – FPM - 02

Students spend two weeks on the inpatient service and two weeks in the outpatient family medicine residency clinic. During the inpatient phase, students work one night of call per week, with one of them being a weekend call. The medical students are responsible for attending and participating in morning report, including making presentations, when appropriate. Students are expected to attend weekly didactic sessions and to give one presentation at didactics during the rotation. During the outpatient phase, students will provide care to patients being seen in the ambulatory clinic.  They will attend conferences before and after each clinic session. Students must be able to provide their own transportation.

Students work with faculty attendings and residents as members of the medical care teams during the four week rotations.  They are expected to improve their proficiency in caring for patients who present with the most common outpatient and inpatient diagnoses. They will provide care throughout the full spectrum of family medicine.

Students are expected to function at the level of sub-interns. They should evaluate the patient using history taking and physical exam skills, synthesize the information, present the case to the resident and/or attending including an assessment, differential diagnosis, treatment plan and follow-up care needed. Students will have opportunities to rotate through procedure clinics.  Students are encouraged and expected to be assertive in their quest for learning.

Students will be expected to see and participate in the care of patients with acute and chronic health issues.  Continuity of care is stressed in the outpatient clinics. Students are also involved in the care of inpatients and obstetric patients. 

Students who are considering applying to this residency program are given precedence in being assigned to this elective from August to February.  Grading is pass-fail.