Georgia South Sees 100 Percent Board Pass Rate for Second Year

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MOULTRIE, Ga. – Colquitt Regional recently announced that the second graduating class of the Georgia South Family Medicine Residency Program recorded a 100 percent board certification pass rate for the second consecutive year.

Board certification is an additional credential, beyond state licensure, that a physician earns by undergoing a rigorous certification process that includes being a graduate of an accredited residency program, submission of case reports, submission of letters of recommendation from fellow physicians, and a written examination.

“Earning a board certification shows that a physician has undergone additional training in their specialty and is committed to providing the best, most advanced care possible,” said Colquitt Regional President and CEO Jim Matney.

Being a board-certified physician is also an ongoing, lifelong commitment to continuous education, maintaining high standards of medicine, and staying up-to-date with the latest technologies and treatments.

Graduates from the second class include: Catie Duskin, DO, who is currently serving as a family medicine physician at Sterling Group Primary Care, Hematheja Lanka, DO, who is working at a family medicine clinic in Pontiac, Illinois, and Valerie Sherrer, DO who is providing care at Professional Medical Associates in Enterprise, Alabama.

The first class of graduates in 2019 included: Marco Hur, DO, who is serving as a family medicine physician in New York, Michael Magat, DO, a hospitalist at Colquitt Regional, and Jessica Brumfield Mitchum, DO, who joined the faculty at Georgia South.

“As a residency program, it is our goal to provide the highest level of training to our residents, so it is a huge accomplishment and very rewarding to have a 100 percent pass rate for both of our graduating classes,” said Georgia South Program Director Kirby Smith, DO.

Georgia South Family Medicine Residency Program at Colquitt Regional Medical Center is located in Moultrie, Georgia and is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education (ACGME). There are currently eight faculty and 12 residents in the program.

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Pictured is the second class of Georgia South Family Medicine Residency Program. From left, is Catie Duskin, DO, Hematheja Lanka, DO, and Valerie Sherrer, DO. This is the second consecutive class to record a 100 percent board certification pass rate.