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Family Medicine Residency

Family Medicine Residency

When established in 1972, the Family Medicine Residency Program at Midtown Medical Center in Columbus became the first of its kind in Georgia and one of the first in the Southeastern United States. The nationally recognized program has graduated more than 300 family physicians. It is a fully accredited, three-year program that emphasizes development of clinical responsibility in a strong academic setting.

Because this is the only physician residency program at Midtown Medical Center, the directors of all major services, and the attending faculty in all departments, are committed to the graduate medical education of family physicians. Residents enjoy the support of all major medical specialties, while providing patient care of the highest skill and sophistication. Core clinical rotations include:

  • Emergency Medicine
  • Family Medicine
  • General Surgery
  • Intensive Care experiences
  • Internal Medicine
  • Neonatology
  • Obstetrics/Gynecology
  • Pediatrics

The required rotations and broad range of electives provide the breadth and depth of training required for a variety of practice settings and for board certification by the American Board of Family Medicine and/or the American College of Osteopathic Family Physicians. The program offers a competitive stipend. Benefits include paid time off (PTO), as well as medical and dental insurance coverage and much more.

Family Medicine Residency Program Accreditation

The training programs are certified through 2018 by the American Osteopathic Association (AOA) and Accreditation Council for Graduate Medicinal Education (ACGME).

Clinical Affiliations

Midtown Medical Center serves as a primary training site for medical students from schools of medicine around the United States and the world. The program maintains established clinical affiliations with:

  • Medical College of Georgia
  • Mercer University School of Medicine
  • Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine
  • Nova Southeastern University School of Osteopathic Medicine
  • Emory University School of Medicine
  • Morehouse School of Medicine

For more information, and to apply for a clinical clerkship at Midtown Medical Center, contact the Medical Student Coordinator. A letter of endorsement from the school, from which the applicant graduated, should be sent to the address listed below. The letter should designate a contact person responsible for evaluations upon completion of the clerkship experience.

Send inquires to:

Medical Student Coordinator

Department of Medical Education

1900 Tenth Avenue, Suite 100

Columbus, GA 31901

(706) 571-1402

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 that 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, Columbus Regional Health Midtown Medical Center, 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 Midtown Medical Center, 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 Columbus Regional Health 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 Midtown Medical Center 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. Michelle Forrester and Dr. Monica Bui, to find out more about our program.

John R. Bucholtz, D.O.

Director of Medical Education Program

Director, Family Medicine Residency Program

1900 10th Avenue, Suite 100

Columbus, GA 31901

Phone: (706) 571-1430

Fax: (706) 571-1604


Co-Chief Residents:

Michelle Forrester, M.D.

Monica Bui, M.D.


The Family Medicine Residency program accepts all residents through the NRMP and the AOA resident match process. Applicant materials are accepted for both matches through the Electronic Residency Application Service (ERAS), available at all U.S. medical schools, and the office of the ECFMG. Applications are reviewed on an ongoing basis as they become available on the ERAS system.

Successful applicants should have strong scores on Step 1 and Step 2 of the USMLE. Applicants are not screened by cutoff scores alone. Personal statements, life experiences and good interview skills are key determinants for selection.

For international medical graduates, most successful applicants should have at least one year of clinical experience in the American health care system to be competitive. Most of the successful international medical graduates graduated from medical schools within the past five years.

Applicants should send the ERAS packet to be considered for a Family Medicine Residency or Transitional Year interview. The residency coordinator, M.A. Dowdell, will contact applicants.

The interview season usually begins in October and runs into February. Due to difficulties that medical students often have in coordinating interviews with their training schedules, the department arranges for and provides one night’s lodging before interview day. Interviews are conducted daily during the recruiting season.

A typical interview experience includes:

1. Dinner the evening before with a resident if travel schedule permits

2. A morning tour of the hospital with a resident

3. Interviews during the day with faculty members and the program director

4. Lunch with a resident

Spouses or significant others are welcome to join applicants for the interview day. There are many resources available to showcase Columbus housing, job opportunities, schools and shopping.

Residency Program Brochure

How To Apply

Sample Employment Contract


First-year Family Medicine Center, 1-2 half days per week

  • Obstetrics, 12 weeks
  • Pediatrics, 8 weeks
  • General Surgery/Trauma, 10 weeks
  • Neonatology (NICU), 4 weeks
  • Internal Medicine, 10 weeks
  • Family Medicine Service, 4 weeks
  • Family Medicine Center, 2 weeks
  • Elective, 2 weeks

Second-Year Family Medicine Center 2-3 half days per week

  • Internal Medicine, 12 weeks
  • Obstetrics, 12 weeks
  • Pediatrics (ambulatory), 4 weeks
  • Emergency Medicine, 4 weeks
  • Behavioral Medicine, 4 weeks
  • General Surgery/Trauma, 4 weeks
  • Orthopedics, 4 weeks
  • ICU /Critical Care, 4 weeks
  • Dermatology/Geriatrics, 4 weeks
  • Elective, 2 weeks

Third-year Family Medicine Center, 3-5 half days per week

  • Electives, 12 weeks
  • Family Medicine Service, 4 weeks
  • Pediatrics (ambulatory), 4 weeks
  • Cardiology, 4 weeks
  • Gynecology, 4 weeks
  • Sports Medicine, 4 weeks
  • Family Medicine Center, 4 weeks
  • Community Medicine, 2 weeks
  • Night Float, 4 weeks
  • Urology/Geriatrics, 4 weeks
  • Ophthalmology/ENT, 4 weeks
  • Hospitalist Service, 2 weeks


The following are members of our teaching faculty at Midtown Medical Center. Click on a name below to view more information about each faculty member.


John R. Bucholtz, D.O., Director of Medical Education and Family Medicine Residency

Associate Directors

Janine Burgher-Jones, M.D.

Sharan Emokpare, M.D.

Albert H. Eaton, Ph.D.

M.Div. Marie Trenga, M.D.

Gregory Foster, M.D.

Howard Vigrass, M.D.

R. Clark Gillett, M.D.

Larry Crane, M.B.A., M.S.H.A

Carlos Wise, M.D.

Vibhuti Ansar, M.D.

Jagdish Shukla, M.D.

Teaching Faculty

Richard Allen, M.D.

David Levine, M.D.

Kendall Handy, M.D.

Vincent Nicolais, M.D.

Richard Scott Hannay, M.D.

Rotimi Samuel, M.D.

Demetrice Hill, M.D.

Drew Waldman, M.D.

Jefferson C. Jones II, M.D.


Bernadette Blount, M.D.

Jude Emokpare, M.D.

Trina Parker, M.D.

Rotimi Samuel, M.D.

Sukant Gupta, M.D.

Idrissa Ismail-Joseph, M.D.

Enouch Lule, M.D.

Zanib Mogul, M.D.

Jacqueline Owusu, M.D.

Pearlie Peterson-Cornett, D.O.

Zeeba Siddigui, M.D.

Contact Us

Residency Coordinator

M.A. Dowdell

1900 10th Avenue, Suite 100

Columbus, GA 31901

Phone: (706) 571-1430

Fax: (706) 571-1604


Family Medicine Residency and Osteopathic Programs

John R. Bucholtz, D.O.

Director of Medical

Education Program Director, Family Medicine Residency Program

1900 10th Avenue, Suite 100

Columbus, GA 31901

Phone: (706) 571-1430

Fax: (706) 571-1604


Transitional Year Program

Vibhuti Ansar, M.D.

Program Director, Transitional Year Program

1900 10th Avenue, Suite 100

Columbus, GA 31901

Phone: (706) 571-1430

Fax: (706) 571-1604