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The Forrest General Hospital Family Medicine Program Receives accreditation from the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education (ACGME)
Forrest General is pleased to announce that the Accreditation Committee for Graduate Medical Education, the governing body for accredited medical residencies in the United States, approved the accreditation of the new Family Medicine Residency Program at Forrest General at their October 16th meeting.

“We are pleased to be the home of a much needed residency program in Mississippi. As a healthcare system, we recognize the growing need for primary care physicians across the counties we serve. This program is another example of the dedication we have toward realizing our vision of providing exceptional care and improving the quality of life for the residents of South Mississippi,” said Evan Dillard, president and CEO of Forrest Health.

Residency Program Director Eric Hale, M.D. shared his vision for the residency. “Our program offers a remarkable combination for physicians who seek a superb balance of academic medicine and comprehensive, practical medical education which will prepare them for all aspects of the practice of Family Medicine, both rural and urban, inpatient, outpatient or both,” said Hale.

The program will begin accepting applications from senior medical students this fall, with plans to start its first class of graduate physicians on July 1, 2014. It will be located at Forrest General and will be a three year curriculum to train physicians to become board certified in the specialty of Family Medicine. Up to six physicians each academic year will be accepted. ACGME accreditation allows the program to accept graduates from either allopathic (MD) or osteopathic (DO) medical schools. When the program is fully populated, 18 graduate physicians will be training in the program, with rotations in internal medicine, emergency medicine, surgery, pediatrics, OB-GYN, and many medical subspecialties including cardiology, gastroenterology, and pulmonary medicine.

During their three year residency, the physicians will also accept and see patients under faculty supervision at the residency-run Family Medicine Center, which will be located within the main Hattiesburg Clinic on 28th Avenue, adjacent to the hospital.

Tommy Thornton, chief executive officer of Hattiesburg Clinic, said “Hattiesburg Clinic is pleased to be a participant with Forrest General Hospital and the newly accredited Family Medicine Residency Program. Many Hattiesburg Clinic physicians will serve on the faculty for the program and participate in the residents’ training. Their experience and skill sets will provide an outstanding educational experience for these residents.”

This residency program is the culmination of an almost four year effort by Forrest General Hospital, the Department of Family Medicine at the University of Mississippi School of Medicine and the Mississippi State Legislature’s Office of Physician Workforce. It is hoped that upon completion of their residency, many of the physicians will choose to stay in Hattiesburg and the surrounding communities to help alleviate the current and future primary care physician shortage.

For more information, please contact the Forrest General Family Medicine Program at 601-288-4305 or visit

Forrest General is certified as a Primary Stroke Center by DNV Healthcare, Inc.

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