MOULTRIE, Ga. — Georgia South Family Medicine Residency Program graduated its fourth class of residents on June 25. The ceremony took place at Sunset Country Club where graduates were presented their diplomas.
The class of 2022 included Arian Baker, MD, Ethan McBrayer, DO, Jermaine Robinson, DO and Stephen Yarbrough, DO.
“This is the third year that we have been able to gather and collectively recognize the realization of a vision that we held for a long time,” said Colquitt Regional President and CEO Jim Matney. “Georgia South Graduate Medical Education is the culmination of years of planning and strategizing to bring necessary services to this area. This year, as we graduated our third class and welcomed a new slate of family medicine residents, we also celebrated the addition of a new psychiatry residency program to Georgia South and honored our first class of psychiatry residents. This is only the beginning. Our vision for Georgia South is to be the regional leader in graduate medical education and to provide an unparalleled training experience for our residents, medical students, and other learners.”
Baker, McBrayer, Robinson, and Yarbrough began their residency in the summer of 2019.
Baker will join the team at HCA Florida Capital Primary Care in Tallahassee, Florida as a family medicine physician.
McBrayer will be practicing family medicine at Sterling Group Primary Care.
Robinson has signed on to work as a hospitalist at Colquitt Regional Medical Center.
Yarbrough is also joining Sterling Group Primary Care, where he will be a family medicine physician.
“It is our hope that when our residents graduate from Georgia South they will stay in or nearby Moultrie to launch their careers as independent physicians,” said Georgia South Family Medicine Residency Program Director Kirby Smith, DO. “This year, all four graduates will be staying within 65 miles of Georgia South, and three have signed on to stay within the Colquitt Regional family. These physicians will be tremendous assets to our community. We are extremely proud of this class of graduates and are proud to have played a role in their education and training.”
Residency is the final step before doctors begin practicing on their own. The three-year program allows its participants to gain knowledge on various specialties by completing focused rotations in areas such as radiology, orthopedics, critical care, practice management, dermatology, and more. Residents are also given the opportunity to work at the Georgia South Family Medicine Residency Clinic which allows them to build relationships with their patients.
“Of the 14 total graduates that have been through Georgia South, half of them are now practicing at Colquitt Regional or a Sterling Physician Group clinic,” said Hospital Authority Chairman Richard E. Turner, Jr. “Rural areas have historically suffered from a lack of access to physicians, but we have created a tangible solution to this issue through the implementation of our residency programs.”
Georgia South introduced its inaugural class of psychiatry residents and sixth class of family medicine residents at its annual Residents Celebration on June 15. The incoming family medicine residents include Monica Drummond, DO, Charles Haddad, MD, Montavious McKenzie, MD, and Bayan Suleiman, MD. The first class of psychiatry residents include Anthony Cimmino, MD, Xuan Ouyang, DO, and Richard Tricardo, MD.
Caption: Georgia South Family Medicine Residency Program graduated its fourth class of residents on June 25. Pictured is the fourth class of family medicine residents. From left: Georgia South Family Medicine Residency Program Director Kirby Smith, DO, Arian Baker, MD, Jermaine Robinson, DO, Ethan McBrayer, DO, Stephen Yarbrough, DO, and Chief Academic Officer Woodwin Weeks, DO.