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June 26, 2003

Albany -- Four new doctors were welcomed to Albany Thursday afternoon, as they start their residency program.

The four will spend the next three years training in the Southwest Georgia Family Practice Residency Program at Phoebe Putney Hospital. They'll gain experience treating patients at the hospital.

 The need for physicians in Southwest Georgia is great, and the program works to recruit these Doctors to stay in the area after completing their residency.

 Dr. Bill Fricks will graduate from the program Friday and has decided to stay in Albany. Fricks said "The support of the medical staff at Phobe has been very good. My training has been very good. And I like to stay in that familiar environment and be around the people I've built relationships in."

In the last ten years more than 30 doctors who took part in the residency program have stayed to practice in the Southwest Georgia area. 90-percent of the program's doctors have stayed in Georgia.

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