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For more information about our program, please contact Joanne Warman, program coordinator, at (912) 350-8837.

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  • ERAS: 1201211095
  • NRMP: 1201211095

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Welcome from our Program Director

We’re glad you are interested in Memorial Health University Medical Center’s (MHUMC's) Family Medicine Residency program. We hope that you’ll find your experience at MHUMC to be enriching and positive.

Mission Statement

The Memorial Health University Medical Center Family Medicine Residency Program’s mission is to develop the next generation of physicians and physician leaders. As a part of HCA Healthcare, we are driven by a single mission: Above all else, we are committed to the care and improvement of human life.

This program is designed to offer residents a rewarding, educational environment where residents are provided individualized learning opportunities by faculty and staff who support and sustain one another throughout quality care delivery. Our faculty are committed to ensuring the residents' clinical experience and educational needs are fulfilled while expanding residents’ perspectives to be inclusive of cultures, values, and ideals.

Program Overview

Our Family Medicine Residency Program is a networked program that strives to develop well-rounded family doctors. We consider ourselves networked instead of “opposed,” because of the unique, collaborative relationship that we share with the other residency programs at Memorial Health University Medical Center.

Our goal is for residents to practice broad-spectrum family medicine in any community, especially in underserved or low-resource areas. Our graduates have chosen careers at health departments, as outpatient providers in private practice, and as hospitalists who practice in ICUs. Our residents have also done fellowships in sports medicine, geriatrics, global health, and emergency medicine.

The specialists in our program have developed a broad-spectrum family medicine experience for our residents. We have family medicine attending physicians who practice obstetrics, and one who has a CAQ in sports medicine. As the clinical experiences of our resident physicians expand, our department chair has made it a priority to expand the resources available to them.

These experiences have been supplemented by a redesign of our residency education series, which now includes longitudinal didactic sessions on behavioral health, health disparities, sports medicine, point-of-care ultrasound (including musculoskeletal ultrasound), procedures, and evidence-based medicine/critical appraisal of medical literature.

The Memorial Health University Physicians Family Care has been designated a Level 3 patient-centered medical home by the National Committee for Quality Assurance since 2012. We were one of the earliest adopters of the patient-centered medical home concept in Georgia. As a result, our residents are trained and constantly practice in an environment that prepares them for the healthcare practice conditions they will see when they graduate.

Our residents and students can experience the full spectrum of care, including morning rounds, busy days in the office, and unpredictable late-night calls to labor and delivery. Our group practice makes all of this possible within the framework of a viable lifestyle that allows you to enjoy living in the city of Savannah.

Memorial Health University Medical Center has an affiliation with Mercer University School of Medicine and has been the home of Mercer’s Savannah campus since 2007. Our entire faculty holds academic appointments in the Mercer University School of Medicine and we have a constant presence of medical students who work with us on both inpatient and outpatient medical care.

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Robert Pallay, MD
Program Director

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Program Details

Research and Scholarship

Scholarly activity is an integral part of resident education and an ACGME requirement for family medicine residency graduation. At Memorial Health University Medical Center, we offer a diverse array of scholarly activities for our residents.

We want our residents to graduate with the appreciation, knowledge, and skills needed to critique and generate scholarly activity for family medicine physicians in the United States.

To accomplish this goal, we have developed a curriculum in which residents have dedicated rotation time each year to work on scholarly activity. Residents receive instruction and time each year to work on publications for FPIN HelpDesk Answers, book chapters, or review articles.

Residents are required to complete an Institutional Review Board-approved original research project on a topic of their interest and they work together on a performance improvement project to be presented at Memorial Research Day in the spring of the second year.

Senior residents organize a monthly journal club to teach all residents how to appraise medical literature.

Residents also have the opportunity to participate as sub principal investigators on projects led by faculty including a sickle cell project and an HIV project.

Community Engagement

The family medicine residents and physicians at Memorial Health University Medical Center are actively involved in programs that support community wellness. We believe it is our responsibility to encourage healthy habits both in and out of the clinic.

Moms and Minis Clinic

Moms and their children are seen for prenatal and postnatal care, well-baby and well-child checkups, breastfeeding support, and more.

Rocking Chair Project

Our residents participate in the Rocking Chair Project to help at-risk mothers. We provide free glider rocking chairs to eligible patients. Studies have shown that the act of rocking an infant promotes brain development and helps mothers recover more quickly after childbirth. Residents identify patients, deliver the chairs, and explain the benefits of rocking a baby to new families.

Curriculum and Rotation Schedule

Our expertly crafted programs are designed to provide resident physicians with all the experiences and training necessary for professional success.

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Frequently Asked Questions about our Internal Medicine Residency Program

We have received our 10 year-continued accreditation on September 18th, 2013.
The Program Director reviews all the applications to our program and evaluates the applicants’ overall skills and professional achievements; a decision to invite a candidate for an interview is based on several factors, not only the medical school graduation year.
We currently only accept J–1 Visa applicants.
Not at the moment of your application. We do request that you submit an ECFMG Status Report with your ERAS common application.
The Program Director, Associate Program Director and other faculty review all the applications to our program and evaluate the applicant's overall skills and professional achievements; a decision to invite a candidate for an interview is based on several factors, not only USMLE scores.
Research is a major portion of our Internal Medicine residency training program. Our residents are active participants of regional and national events that foster research and scholarly activities. Our faculty members work very closely with residents to encourage publications and research according to the residents’ area of interest. Our residents receive an annual stipend to participate in activities that promote research and scholarly activity and are required to complete one research project at the time of graduation. A minimum of one Quality Improvement Project is expected from residents graduating from the program. The program also organizes a research week during the month of September to promote and acknowledge the research results within the Internal Medicine Residency Training Program.
We are located in central Aventura. The Aventura mall which is the third largest in the United States is 5 minutes from the hospital. The Gulfstream shopping and restaurant plaza is 3 minutes from the hospital. There are numerous multicultural cuisines within a 10 minute radius of the hospital. Both North Miami and South Beach are about 15-20 minutes from the hospital. There is always something to do in Miami.
Yes, $2,500 annually.
We currently offer Pulmonary Disease, Pulmonary Critical Care, Gastroenterology, Geriatrics, Cardiology, Hospice and Palliative Care.

Osman Perez, DO graduated in 2018 and is currently a Pulmonary Critical Care Fellow at Tulane University.

Romina Bromberg, MD graduated in 2018 and is currently an Infectious Disease Fellow at UCONN.

Kairavee Dave, MD graduated in 2017 and is currently a Gastroenterology Fellow at Aventura Hospital.

Binna Chokshi, MD graduated in 2018 and is currently a Cardiology Fellow at UNLV.

The remainder of our graduates are practicing as hospitalists in other states.