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From the Chief Residents

Welcome to the Columbus Regional Family Medicine Residency Program!

Chief Residents Thomas Broughton MD and Ike Nwaobi MDWe are proud to be a part of the oldest family medicine residency in the state of Georgia and one of the largest in the country. We invite you to join our families in Georgia’s River City, a town that pulses with a city vibe, and a place that “Progress Has Preserved.”

Our unopposed program offers a learning experience that will prepare you as a Family Medicine resident for a career of challenges in the Real World. Our core rotations in Family Medicine, Internal Medicine, Emergency Medicine, Surgery/Trauma, Obstetrics/Gynecology and Pediatrics are supplemented by formal experiences in everything from Neonatology to Practice Management to Geriatric Medicine. Multiple Elective rotations are available for you, as well, depending on your interests and needs. And all of these rotations are supported by a dedicated team of faculty physicians who truly make our career their mission.

The Medical Center is a Level II Trauma Center in which we get an intense experience and exposure to the proper method of caring for trauma patients. We are in the midst of expanding our Emergency Room and plans are in the works for a new Women and Children’s Center that can only enhance our already unique maternal-fetal experience. We have a Hospitalist rotation and Intensive Care Specialists (MICU, SICU, PICU and NICU) who are dedicated as much to our educations as they are to their special units. Our residents take part in a uniquely tailored Night Float system for medicine, surgery, obstetrics and pediatrics that has reduced the number of on-call nights to approximately three per month for PGY-1s, three per month for PGY-2s, and one-two per month for PGY-3s.

Our Family Medicine Center is just across the street from our hospital, so travel time is minimal and parking is never an issue. We are each part of a suite of physicians (including residents at all levels of training and faculty members!), nurses, pharmacists and other health personnel who work diligently together to provide our patients a medical home. We have been employing an Electronic Medical Record for almost a decade now so all the information we need is, literally, at our fingertips!

The benefit package that we receive as Resident Physicians is like no other. Check it out in detail on the Benefits page of our website. We are well-paid for our hard work; we, and our families, are well-cared for; and we are appreciated for who we are and the paths we have traveled to get here.

But we are not all-work-and-no-play. Part of our professional training is to learn balance in life, and we have lots of opportunities to get to know each other and our community outside of the boundaries of our campus. Here are a few examples:

  • We take part in junior high school pre-participation sports physicals and Boy Scout physicals every year.
  • We have the opportunity to act as team physician for some of our semi-professional sports teams here in Columbus.
  • During Orientation Week, we have dinners for everyone in the program and their families to come and meet our new class of residents and their families.
  • We have an Ice Cream Social for the new Significant Others/Spouses to get to know each other after their own Orientation.
  • We have a Graduation Dinner (with gifts!) every year the night before our traditional Graduation Ceremony, and the Annual Faculty Roast of the Graduates is a fun-spirited highlight and send-off for our fellow residents.
  • We work together to raise money for the Children’s Miracle Network, the Relay for Life, the March of Dimes, the American Cancer Society, the American Red Cross, and other worthwhile organizations.
  • We get to take advantage of discount tickets to area movie theaters, theater productions, plays, sporting events (from football to soccer, ice hockey to cricket) and area attractions (including those in Atlanta).
  • We have an annual retreat for physicians and families to Panama City Beach in the spring.
  • We have a Match Party every year where we have the opportunity to give our input for the ranking process for the next year’s class of residents via both the AOA and the NRMP Matches.

Needless to say, we are an active bunch!

So, check us out. Come talk to us and see our program for yourself. You won’t be disappointed!

Joe Huong, D.O. and Jagdish Shukla, M.D.
Co-Chief Residents

As the region's leading provider of healthcare, Columbus Regional Health has touched the lives of most of the children and adults in this region through its comprehensive network of services. Located in the West Georgia city of Columbus, Columbus Regional was established in 1986 as a not-for-profit health services organization, but its roots can be traced back to 1836 when the local hospital was a small wooden building on the banks of the Chattahoochee River.