MOULTRIE, Ga. — Georgia South Family Medicine Residency Program welcomed its fourth class of residents at the Colquitt County Arts Center on Tuesday night.
The four incoming residents honored include Arian Baker, M.D., Ethan McBrayer, D.O., Jermaine Robinson, D.O., and Stephen Yarbrough, D.O.
“This residency program is something we envisioned implementing for years,” said Kirby Smith, D.O., Georgia South program director. “It was such a fulfilling moment to welcome our fourth class of residents at the same time we graduate our first class. The future is bright here at Georgia South.”
Baker hails from Indianapolis, Indiana, where she received her Doctor of Medicine degree from Indiana University School of Medicine. Before medical school, she received her Bachelor and Master of Science degrees in Chemistry from Florida A&M University.
McBrayer comes to Moultrie from Tifton, Georgia. He earned his Doctor of Osteopathic Medicine degree from the Suwanee campus of the Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine. He attended the University of Georgia for his undergraduate education where he received his Bachelor of Science in Entomology.
Robinson, originally from Fort Lauderdale, Florida, attended the Alabama College of Osteopathic Medicine, where he received his Doctor of Osteopathic Medicine degree. Before attending medical school, Robinson received his Bachelor of Arts degree in Political Science from the University of Florida.
Yarbrough, a Fitzgerald, Georgia native, also attended the Suwanee campus of the Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine, where he received his Doctor of Osteopathic Medicine degree. Prior to medical school, Yarbrough attended the University of Georgia, where he earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Entomology.
It is tradition for each resident to receive a new white coat at the welcome ceremony. This year’s coats were presented by Smith and Woodwin Weeks, D.O., associate program director.
“This is truly a special night for Colquitt Regional and Georgia South,” said Colquitt Regional President and CEO Jim Matney. “The future of healthcare in our region is dependent on training new physicians and the implementation of our residency program is helping fill the gap in physicians in our area.”
Along with their white coats, the residents were given engraved stethoscopes from the Colquitt County Medical Alliance, presented by Brooke Spruill and Anne Swartzentruber.
Moultrie Chamber of Commerce president Tommie Beth Willis also extended a welcome on behalf of the community. She presented each resident with a basket full of gifts from more than 60 chamber members and local merchants. The generosity and support from community members has strengthened the program since its inception and enhances the experience residents have while furthering their training in Moultrie.
“The Georgia South and Colquitt Regional family is proud to welcome this new class of residents to our organization and town,” said Hospital Authority Chairman Maureen A. Yearta, Ed.D. “To see this community come out and welcome these physicians with open arms is a testament to the type of experience they will have here in Moultrie.”
Also honored at the ceremony was Michael Brown, M.D., who received the 2018-2019 Preceptor of the Year Award. This award is voted on by all current residents to recognize an outstanding physician with whom all residents have worked.
Georgia South also graduated its first class of residents on Saturday. The class of 2019 included Jessica Brumfield, D.O., Marco Hur, D.O., and Michael Magat, D.O.
Georgia South Family Medicine Residency Program at Colquitt Regional Medical Center is located in Moultrie, Georgia and is accredited by both the American Osteopathic Association (AOA) and the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education (ACGME). There are currently 11 faculty and staff members and 11 residents in the program.