2017-07-05 / Other Jenkins News

Rep. Butch Parrish honored


Dr. Daniel Gordon and Dr. Mary Keith are the first two graduates of the Family Medicine Accelerated Track Program between Memorial University Medical Center and Mercer University School of Medicine. They are shown with Rep. Butch Parrish who was instrumental in getting the fast track program started. ( 
Photo courtesy of Josie Gregory) Dr. Daniel Gordon and Dr. Mary Keith are the first two graduates of the Family Medicine Accelerated Track Program between Memorial University Medical Center and Mercer University School of Medicine. They are shown with Rep. Butch Parrish who was instrumental in getting the fast track program started. ( Photo courtesy of Josie Gregory) State Rep. Butch Parrish recently attended the first graduation of Memorial Health's Primary Care Accelerated Track Program.

Generally, medical school is four years long. With this "accelerated" program, students can finish in three years while going into a family medicine or internal medicine residency and committing to primary care after graduation.

Memorial teamed up with Mercer University for the program, specifically to address Georgia's physician shortage.

"Normally, the fourth year of medical school is spent for people to do elective rotations to kind of help solidify what they want to go into. But we already knew where we were going to residence, we already knew what we wanted to do, so it cuts out that time," said Dr. Mary Keith, a Primary Care Accelerated Track program graduate.

Georgia ranked 45th out of 50 states for primary care doctors per capita. That shows the great need for this accelerated program.

I was honored to be recognized and even more honored to have helped put this much needed program in place.

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