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July 23, 2005

Albany- Many people who live in rural south Georgia don't have the access to medical care they need.

Every year, Phoebe Putney brings a new group of physicians to the Southwest Georgia Family Practice Residency program. Seven doctors are involved this year.

The program's goal is to get the doctors to practice in the area after their residency is over. For Albany native Charity Wilson, the residency is a chance to come home.

"Being back here felt so nice and taking care of patients that you knew them or you knew somebody that knew them," Wilson said. "It just felt like your real hometown patients and I really enjoy that."

The General Assembly and Phoebe established the program in 1993 as a ways to address the health care professional shortage in southwest Georgia. Most of the doctors who completed the program are still working in the area.

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