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Hospital is second in Atlanta to offer specialty to resident physicians

Gwinnett Medical Center (GMC) recently announced the expansion of the Graduate Medical Education program to include the addition of a Sports Medicine Fellowship.

Based on the hospital’s depth of experience and sports medicine resources available, including concussion management, and it’s highly successful Graduate Medical Education program, it was the next logical phase in its evolution.

“GMC’s Sports Medicine Fellowship program is a combination of our award-winning Graduate Medical Education program and a Sports Medicine program that is nationally recognized for treating the athlete,” said Dr. Mark Darrow, director of GMC’s Graduate Medical Education program. “As the second hospital to offer this specialty in metro Atlanta, it gives local physicians another option to receive exceptional training in a community where they can practice for years to come,” he continued.

The Sports Medicine Fellowship is a one-year program that includes comprehensive training in treating musculoskeletal injuries and complaints in athletes and active individuals of all ages. The Fellowship program follows a three-year residency in Family Medicine or Internal Medicine.

Key to the physician’s experience, their rotations will also include time at GMC-Duluth’s Concussion Institute and participation in school and community athletic functions. For nearly five years, GMC has been the official healthcare provider of sports medicine services to Gwinnett County Public Schools (GCPS). GMC is also the official healthcare provider for Georgia Gwinnett College athletes, the Atlanta Gladiators, the Gwinnett Stripers and multiple recreational athletic leagues.

Other components of the fellowship experience include hands-on ultrasound-guided musculoskeletal procedures at Duluth Family & Sports Medicine Clinic and robust didactic learning from several GMC-affiliated physicians and surgeons prepared by Dr. Purnima Bansal, Sports Medicine Fellowship program director.
The initial two Sports Medicine Fellows will begin July 1st. Interested resident physicians will be able to apply in the fall. The Sports Medicine Fellowship is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education (ACGME).

About Gwinnett Health System
Gwinnett Health System (GHS) is the parent company of Gwinnett Medical Center, Gwinnett Medical Group and Sequent Health Physician Partners.  GHS employs 5,500 associates and has 800 affiliated physicians serving more than 600,000 patients annually.  Gwinnett Medical Center (GMC) is a nationally-recognized, not-for-profit healthcare network with acute-care hospitals in Lawrenceville and Duluth. Additional facilities include: the Gwinnett Women’s Pavilion, the Gwinnett Extended Care Center, Glancy Rehabilitation Center, outpatient health centers and surgical centers, imaging centers and outpatient physical, occupational and speech therapy facilities. To learn more about how GMC is transforming healthcare, visit gwinnettmedicalcenter.org or northsidegwinnett.com