Coliseum Medical Centers partner with Mercer to teach graduates

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MACON, Georgia (41NBC/WMGT) – Faced with a lack of available residency positions in Georgia, Coliseum Medical Centers is beginning to teach.

“The ongoing needs for continuing to offer residency slots for medical students in the state of Georgia is paramount,” Lance Jones, CEO of Coliseum Medical Center said.

The Coliseum announced Thursday a partnership with Mercer University. Through graduate medical education training programs, the hospital will provide residency and fellowship opportunities for graduates of Mercer’s School of Medicine starting in July 2017.

“You’re much more likely to keep a physician in Georgia if they do their residencies here in Georgia,” Mercer’s president Bill Underwood said. “The more outstanding young people we can have completing their residencies here in Georgia, the stronger our physician workforce will be.”

The Association of American Medical Colleges predicts by 2025, the U.S. will have a shortage of about 90,000 physicians.

The Coliseum is trying to correct that number. Their goal is to offer 100 new, high-paying residency positions by 2020.

That’s why CEO Lance Jones calls this new partnership and program a “huge deal.”

“[100 new residency positions] is a significant number of steadily placed physicians into Middle and South Georgia that we’re optimistic will remain here.”

Underwood and Jones call it a big win, for both the local economy and general healthcare.

“I think this furthers the momentum we’re already experiencing as far as Macon establishing itself as a destination for quality medical care,” Underwood said.