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By Jennifer Emert - bio | email

June 26, 2008

ALBANY, GA (WALB) - Phoebe Putney Memorial Hospital helped address the shortage of primary care physicians in south Georgia Thursday by accepting six new residents into its Family Medicine Residency Program.

Residents from as far away as Nigeria and as close as Florida got a south Georgia welcome inside the Wetherbee Lobby at Phoebe Thursday. The six new medical residents join 15 others in the program that hopes to keep the class of 2011 in south Georgia once they complete their residency.

"We know that we're still short with primary care physicians especially throughout Georgia but especially here in southwest Georgia and this program is a pipeline for primary care physicians throughout southwest Georgia," said Phoebe Putney Memorial Hospital's Doug Patton M.D.

The new class will replace five third-year residents who will graduate this weekend. Since the program's introduction in the 90's, nearly three-quarters of the residents have continued to practice medicine in southwest Georgia.

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