Letter from the Director

There are numerous factors that contribute to the decision regarding where to train for your Family Medicine residency experience and, quite possibly, where you’ll practice. I sincerely feel Columbus, Georgia has much to offer, not only as a quality training experience, but also for quality of life and potential practice site.

Our 413-bed tertiary care hospital, Piedmont Columbus Regional Midtown Campus, is a regional referral center for a 50-mile radius in west central Georgia. Because our unopposed training program is the only physician-training program in the hospital, our residents get solid, hands-on training, from neonatology through geriatrics and nursing home care. Our Family Physician faculty, combined with numerous specialist faculty members, and many community preceptors, ensure appropriate supervision and independence as a resident matures in the program.

There are 85 Family Physician graduates on the medical staff at Piedmont Columbus Regional Midtown Campus, and they provide the bulk of the primary care in the Columbus area. Columbus has been identified as the healthiest economic area in Georgia and one of the leading growth areas in the country. With the growth projected here, practice opportunities should be plentiful as you graduate.

Some of the important considerations for training with Piedmont Columbus Regional are:

  • iPads—The medical education department purchased iPads for all residents and faculty as we transition to converting our curriculum and patient care documentation to mobile devices.
  • Athena Electronic Health Record—We have been on electronic health records since 2004. AthenaClinicals offers an excellent platform for chronic disease management, quality studies and e-prescribing.
  • Innovative Electronic Curriculum—We are very excited about the incorporation of the Challenger Program for Residencies, an Internet-based electronic curriculum that we’ve customized for each resident in our program. It incorporates excellent Board and USMLE review.
  • Resident Computer Lab—In support of our Challenger curriculum and Athena Electronic Health record, we’ve installed a 14-PC computer lab exclusively for residency use. As both are Internet-based, they can be accessed online from anywhere.
  • Board Certification Preparation—The program has numerous mechanisms to prepare graduates for successful ABFM/AOBFP board exam success. The new Challenger program will become a foundation, along with the board review activities built into the curriculum.
  • Career options—The residency at Piedmont Columbus Regional Midtown Campus in Columbus is the largest and oldest in Georgia and prepares its graduates for adventures. Medical education in our hospital goes back to the 1940s, and our graduates practice in every corner of Georgia and the Southeast. They practice in traditional Family Medicine venues, including hospital work and obstetrics.

Lately, our graduates have added other career options to the long list of graduates providing excellent primary care to their patients. They have become hospitalists and urgent care physicians, and many gravitate to full-time emergency medicine positions. Some pursue fellowships. In the last 15 years, 100 percent of the residents seeking fellowship training received their fellowships in obstetrics, hospice and palliative care, sports medicine, geriatrics or hospital medicine.

Our residency and internship training programs are dually accredited by the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education (ACGME) and the American Osteopathic Association (AOA). Applicants may send us their applications via the NRMP or the AOA matching programs.

Please contact me or our co-chief residents, Dr. Adeel Choudhary or Dr. Karla van Rensburg, to find out more about our program.

John R. Bucholtz, D.O.
Director of Medical Education Program & Family Medicine Residency Program
1900 10th Avenue, Suite 100
Columbus, GA 31901
(706) 571-1430

Co-Chief Residents:
Joe Conklin, M.D.  |  Joe.Conklin@columbusregional.com
Aakar Thaker, M.D.  |  Aakar.Thaker@columbusregional.com