Graduate Medical Education

Daniel Robitshek, MD, FACP, SFHM - Director of Graduate Medical Education, Designated Institutional Official & Internal Medicine Program Director

Welcome to Redmond Regional Medical Center’s Graduate Medical Education (GME) Division and Internal Medicine Program.  On our home page, you will notice three words that stand out: Education, Innovation and Compassion. Those are not just taglines for marketing purposes. They are the concepts that our programs are built upon: educating our residents to become exceptional physicians by building a learning environment that utilizes the most successful and innovative teaching methods and by role-modeling patient-centered compassion to our diverse population.

Having been involved in medical education for over 20 years, I have seen  graduate medical education evolve exponentially. Having recently begun our GME initiative, our team is poised and determined to be at the leading-edge of that evolution.

I’m often asked by applicants and community members alike, “What is your program looking for in a prospective resident?”  Although there are clearly many qualities that are important to us as we consider potential residency candidates, the one that stands out is – leadership.  As a relatively new program, by definition, our first several cohorts of residents will be leaders: integral members of a team engaged in fulfilling the mission of building a world-class, cutting edge graduate medical education program.

We are looking for leaders who are committed first of all to developing and role-modeling continuous healing relationships with the patients we serve.  Secondly, we are looking for leaders who are not afraid to be innovators within a team framework, providing continuous feedback to faculty and leadership on successes and opportunities in our educational model.  Thirdly, we are looking for leaders who are committed to partnering with our program in reaching our community in support of its healthcare and other needs.   And finally, we are looking for leaders who will be trusted ambassadors of our residency programs, of Redmond Regional Medical Center’s mission and, particularly, of the specialty of Internal Medicine to successive generations of physicians and the world around us.  And, we believe that our first groups of residents fit those ideals to a tee.

“The world is moving so fast these days that the man who says it can’t be done is usually interrupted by someone doing it.”
Elbert Hubbard

We are confident that many of our graduates will choose to remain in our community. Additionally, having robust academic affiliations and an outstanding reputation, we also expect abundant success in placing graduates into the subspecialty fellowships of their choice.  Wherever our graduates end up and whatever their future dreams are, it is our commitment to support them and to provide them with a superb foundation for their future careers.

Our Internal Medicine residency graduates will be well-equipped for certification by the American Board of Internal Medicine or the American Board of Osteopathic Internal Medicine. As such, our Internal Medicine program is dually accredited. We are currently approved by the American Osteopathic Association (AOA) for up to 4 osteopathic positions per year and for a full 30 resident complement  by the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education (ACGME).  Our Transitional Year residents will have a well-balanced rotating internship that will equip them for the specialty education of their choosing, led by a nationally respected mentor in Dr. John Kirkland.

As Director of GME, I am honored to work with some of the most committed and talented faculty here in Northwest Georgia, many of whom have clinical appointments with one or both of our affiliated academic institutions – the Medical College of Georgia of Augusta University and Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine. With our 30 categorical Internal Medicine residents and up to 13 Transitional Year residents and an expectation of adding Preliminary Internal Medicine residents and several other Programs at full implementation, Redmond’s GME Program will be amongst the largest community-based programs in the State of Georgia.

I encourage you to explore our program. But, don’t stop there! Come to Rome and see for yourselves what great opportunities for education, community, and life exist here.

With Warmest Regards,
Dan Robitshek


 

Our mission

To be the preeminent Graduate Medical Education program and the program of choice for medical school graduates interested in community-based training in Georgia

Our goal

To graduate the highest quality physicians by (1) providing an environment of excellence, accountability, respect, and compassion; (2) creating and refining innovative and evidence-based models of graduate medical education; and (3) fostering intellectual curiosity in a supportive environment where both learner and teacher are passionate about their profession and committed to lifelong learning

Our vision

Above all else, we are committed to the care and improvement of human life. In recognition of this commitment, we will provide exceptional healthcare to our expanding communities and our underserved population with compassion and integrity, pursuing excellence in all we do: ‘Helping, Healing, Giving Hope’

Our passion

To foster a resident and faculty community that is collegial, supportive, and enjoyable. Our aim is to integrate our residents and their families into the nurturing environment that Northwest Georgia is well known for with all of its strengths: great civic support, a variety of family-oriented opportunities, and a surplus of recreational activities

“Education is not the filling of a pail, but the lighting of a fire.”
William Butler Yeats