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For more information about our program, please contact Shonda Jenkins, program coordinator, at (912) 350-0491.

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Program Overview

We are excited about our FM-OB program. The rural family medicine with obstetrics fellowship is a one-year experience designed for family medicine physicians who plan to work in a rural setting. We have a program that is focused on improving access to maternal-child care in rural Georgia. Our fellows work at 2 sites. One is Memorial University Medical Center in Savannah, GA, where fellows work with the Obstetric Residency Program in Savannah. The second site is either Waycross, GA or Vidalia, GA. It is an excellent program for gaining experience and learning about the unique rural practice setting.

The year is focused on increasing obstetric skills with vaginal deliveries and operative obstetrics, but the curriculum includes experiencing all aspects of prenatal care, maternal and newborn care, and the added skills needed to feel comfortable practicing in a rural setting. Family medicine in the outpatient setting, community health, research, high risk maternity care, and ultrasound are some of the additional rotations during the fellowship year.

All three sites are unique and offer a different perspective on life in the state of Georgia. The rural sites are in farming communities with rolling hills and lush green fields. I think you will find the communities welcoming.

If you are interested in FM-OB, we hope you will check us out and apply.

Get to Know the Team

Candace Murbach, DO
Program Director


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Curriculum and Rotation Schedule

Rotation Overview: The academic year will consist of 13 total blocks, each 4 weeks in duration. Six blocks will be intense labor and delivery exposure, and the fellow will not be eligible for leave/TDY during these blocks unless approved by the Program Director in advance and extenuating circumstances exist.

The fellow will have elective time, which can be used to address any deficiencies in training or special areas of interest. Electives can be done at distant locations if prior approval and funding are available. The fellow is responsible for submitting a plan for elective time, including goals and objectives, to the Program Director no later than 8 weeks in advance of the elective.

The remaining 4 blocks are clinic based with an average of 1 labor and delivery shift per week. A detailed description of each rotation and its corresponding objectives and duty responsibilities is outlined in Appendix A and can be found online on the I: drive under the fellowship folder. These objectives are updated at least annually based on feedback from fellows and faculty.

Longitudinal experiences throughout fellowship include LEEP training, ultrasound training, Research time, continuity obstetrics care through assigned continuity patients, OB/GYN rotations in Savannah and rural areas,FM CME conferences, and FM Complicated Obstetrics Clinics.

Salary

PGY 4 ($83,000)