Rome, GA; Redmond Regional Medical Center announces the addition of Graduate Medical Education (GME) with an Internal Medicine Residency Program. Redmond has received full accreditation from the American Osteopathic Association. In July, Redmond underwent a positive site visit with the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education and anticipates final accreditation by mid-September. The mission of Redmond’s Internal Medicine Residency Program is to become the preeminent Internal Medicine Residency Program in the state of Georgia and the program of choice for medical school graduates interested in a community-based residency in Georgia.

At full program implementation, Redmond will train a total of 30 Internal Medicine Residents, the first class of which will begin in July 2016. An additional 5-15 residents will be added over the next few years in programs such as Transitional and/or Preliminary Internships.

The Internal Medicine residency program is affiliated with both the Medical College of Georgia and the Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine and Redmond is the exclusive provider of their Internal Medicine Inpatient rotations. Redmond anticipates expanding its relationship with these institutions, as well as other regional medical schools.

Redmond is also proud to announce affiliations and will provide faculty and resident support to The Free Clinic of Rome and the Rome VA clinic to help improve access for our underserved as well as our local veteran population. This will also provide a great opportunity for our residents’ education and community outreach. Additional community partners include Harbin Clinic, Rome Gastroenterology Associates, Northwest Georgia Medical Clinic, Highland Rivers Health, Cartersville Medical Center, Rome Primary Care and Marietta Rheumatology Associates. Redmond is developing a state of the art high fidelity simulation laboratory that will offer the latest technology in education for its new residency program in patient safety and procedural skills.

Redmond’s Internal Medicine Residency Program is led by Daniel Robitshek, MD, FACP, SFHM who came to Rome 5 years ago after 20 years in Academic teaching, the last 11 as Professor of Medicine at the University of California, Irvine School of Medicine. He has received numerous Excellence in Teaching and Faculty of the Year awards, Dean’s Awards for Compassion, and was a National Finalist for the Association of American Medical Colleges (AAMC) Humanism in Medicine Award. Previous appointments include full-time faculty at Loma Linda University School of Medicine and Chair of Medicine for Cigna Healthcare of California. Dr. Robitshek has also served as the Internal Medicine Clerkship Director for the Northwest Georgia campus of MCG since its inception.

Redmond has also recruited an academically experienced Associate Program Director from Indiana University. The new Associate Program Director is anticipated to arrive in December and will focus on the ambulatory and continuity clinic. More than 80 clinical faculty will come from both the Harbin Clinic and non-Harbin Medical Subspecialist in the Rome community, all of whom are enthusiastic to participate in the education of future Internists and specialists.

In preparation for the new program, Redmond is financially reinvesting in the hospital campus to accommodate the unique needs of a Residency Program. Renovations are underway within the hospital to provide extensive learning space, including an electronic library and computer lab, as well as a resident lounge and sleep space onsite for Residents. Additionally, Redmond’s medical office building on John Maddox Drive is being renovated to provide offices for the Residency Program.

There is a definite community benefit of adding Graduate Medical Education. Traditionally, the majority of physicians practice within a 50 mile radius of their final training site. Internal Medicine Residents may choose to practice as Primary Care Physicians, Hospitalists, or subspecialists of Internal Medicine such as Cardiologists, Pulmonologists, Gastroenterologists, and Oncologists. Additionally, the eventual 30 residents and their families will reside in Rome and Floyd County, enjoying and supporting our community financially and otherwise.

Redmond Regional Medical Center is a 230 bed facility, serving as a referral source for all of northwest Georgia and parts of Alabama. Including its healthcare partners, Redmond has over 245 physicians with more than 30 specialties and a support staff of approximately 1,300 associates.

Making excellent medical care convenient and available is Redmond’s first priority. With outstanding medical care and attention available 24/7, the hospital offers a variety of inpatient and outpatient programs, many of which are unique to the northwest Georgia region. Redmond offers a full service cardiology product line and is nationally recognized as a top cardiac care center. Other areas of excellence include emergency care, orthopedics, vascular care, an inpatient rehabilitation unit and more. For additional information on Redmond Regional Medical Center, visit the Redmond website at www.redmondregional.com.

Dr. Julie Barnes Dr. Daniel Robitshek

Dr. Julie Barnes, Chief Medical Officer Redmond Regional Medical Center
Dr. Daniel Robitshek, Program Director Internal Medicine Residency Program Redmond Regional Medical Center