News from the Georgia General Assembly

by | June 29, 2017 3:51 pm

I want to wish you all a happy first day of summer! I hope you and your family are enjoying all the fun times that summer brings.
I also wanted to share with you some good news regarding making sure Georgia, and particularly rural Georgia, has a sufficient number of physicians in Internal and Family Practice. Just recently I attended the first graduation
of Memorial Health’s Primary Care Accelerated Track Program.
Generally, medical school is four years long. With this “accelerated” program, students can finish in three years while going into a family medicine or internal medicine residency and committing to primary care after graduation.
Memorial teamed up with Mercer University for the program, specifically to address Georgia’s physician shortage.
“Normally, the fourth year of medical school is spent for people to do elective rotations to kind of help solidify what they want to go into. Kind of visit other residency programs. But we already knew where we were going to residence, we already knew what we wanted to do, so it cuts out that time,” said Dr. Mary Keith, a Primary Care Accelerated Track program graduate.
Georgia ranked 45th out of 50 states for primary care doctors per capita. That shows the great need for this accelerated program.
I was honored to be recognized and even more honored to have helped put this much needed program in place. Please feel free to contact me with your thoughts or concerns on pending issues, or whenever I can be of service. My legislative office is located in Room 245 of the State Capitol, and you can reach me by phone at 404-463-2247 or email me.
You can also stay in touch by visiting our website at to watch a live stream of the House in action, as well as archived committee meetings, and review legislation that we are considering.
If you would like to inquire about the House Page Program for Georgia Students 12 years of age and up you can find out all about it
Follow me on facebook for updates throughout the year.
I am honored to serve the 158th House district and to continue to represent you as the Chairman of the House Health Sub-Committee on Appropriations. I also serve as a member of the Economic Development, Banks and Banking, and Rules Committees. Thank you for allowing me to be your representative.

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