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Designated Institutional Officer

Dear Applicant,

We are pleased to invite you to learn about new graduate medical education programs at Piedmont Athens Regional developed in collaboration with Augusta University – University of Georgia Medical Partnership. Our institution received accreditation by the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education (ACGME) in 2014, and presently is underway building programs in internal medicine, transitional year, surgery, and obstetrics-gynecology. Our first program – Internal Medicine – successfully began in July 2016.

Although residency training is new to Athens, Georgia, our programs are designed and implemented by experienced faculty from renown institutions such as Emory, Johns Hopkins, and Yale – combining state of the art medical education with timeless clinical skills. Our teaching faculty takes great pride in how we care for patients, and look forward to passing on these virtues to our trainees.

Piedmont Athens Regional is a busy, complex locus of high quality clinical care ranging from extraordinary primary care encounters to world class specialty care. In this context, aligned with partners from the University, we are engaged in an ambitious enterprise to train the next generation of doctors. Our training programs are coupled to parallel efforts to develop health science research and to enhance our institution’s patient care quality and safety missions. Athens, Georgia is best known as the home of the University of Georgia and cradle of creativity in music, the humanities, and scientific inquiry – in short, a fantastic place to live.

For our house officers, we look for enterprising, innovative and engaged graduates ready to embrace this unique opportunity. We are on-track to enroll our second class of M.D. or D.O. candidates through the National Resident Matching Program (NRMP) in 2017 for Internal Medicine. Please explore our program online, contact our faculty members, and consider becoming a part of this remarkable moment in medical education.


Dr. Catherine Apaloo, M.D.

Athens Regional Health System

Piedmont Athens Regional Health System is one of Northeast Georgia's largest health care systems. Comprised of an acute care facility with 350-plus beds, four urgent care centers, a quality network of physicians and specialists, a health maintenance organization and a home health agency, Piedmont Athens Regional is a progressive health care system committed to excellence and dedicated to improving the health, wellness and quality of life of our communities.


1199 Prince Avenue
Suite 70
Athens, GA 30606 / USA