Augusta Ob/Gyn Residency Personal Statement

Internal Medicine Residency Program

Thank you for your interest in residency education sponsored by the Augusta University/University of Georgia (AU/UGA) Medical Partnership.

The Internal Medicine Residency Program, a joint effort of the AU/UGA Medical Partnership and St. Mary’s Health Care System, received accreditation from the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education (ACGME) in January 2014 becoming Athens, Georgia’s first medical residency program. 

The AU/UGA Medical Partnership is a collaborative effort between Augusta University and the University of Georgia and is addressing the critical shortage of physicians in the state.  The partnership combines the significant instructional and research resources of UGA, the state’s flagship land-grant research university, with the expertise of the Medical College of Georgia at Augusta University.

St. Mary’s Health Care System, a not-for-profit hospital, is a member of Trinity Health. St. Mary’s Hospital is licensed for 196 beds. It offers a comprehensive range of services to the surrounding community and northeast Georgia and is the recipient of numerous awards for outstanding quality of care. 

We hope you are excited about what the AU/UGA Medical Partnership program and St. Mary’s Hospital has to offer! 

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  • Application Requirements and Criteria

    Applications are only accepted through the Electronic Residency Application Service (ERAS), NRMP number 1744140C0.  The application deadline is December 1st.  No more than two attempts on any USMLE Step 1 or COMLEX exams will be accepted.

    • Applicants must be US Citizens, or have a valid US Permanent Resident card or valid EAD (NO VISA SPONSORSHIP)
    • Applicants must be one of the following:
      1. Graduate of a medical school in the United States and Canada accredited by the Liaison Committee on Medical Education (LCME)  
      2. Graduate of a college of osteopathic medicine in the United States accredited by the American Osteopathic Association (AOA)
      3. Graduate of a medical school outside the United States and Canada, and meeting one of the following additional qualifications: 
        • Holds a currently valid certification from the Educational Commission for Foreign Medical Graduates (ECFMG) or 
        • Holds a full and unrestricted license to practice medicine in a U.S. licensing jurisdiction in his or her current ACGME speciality/subspecialty program, or
        • Has graduated from medical school outside the United States who has completed a Fifth Pathway program provided by an LCME-accredited medical school 
    • Applicants must be within 4 years of graduation from medical school or direct patient care activity
    • All applicants will be ranked and matched through the National Resident Matching Program (NRMP)
    • Applicants must have a Dean’s letter (or MSPE)
    • Applicants must have three letters of recommendation (the program does not require a Chairman’s letter but is particularly interested in letters of recommendation from your attending physician during any medicine sub-internship or externship performed during your senior year)
    • Applicants must have an official medical school transcript, including all grades for required clerkships (photo copy will not be accepted
    • Applicants must have an official transcript with a passing score on USMLE/COMLEX Part 1, USMLE/COMLEX Part 2 CK and CS (due by date of rank list entry into NRMP)
    • Applicants must provide a Personal Statement
    • Applicants must provide a current Curriculum Vitae
    • Applicants must provide a photograph (preferred to track applicants after interviews)
  • Interview and Selection Process

    • Applications will be reviewed by the Program Director and/or Program Administrator once all the requirements listed above have been received through ERAS
    • Interviews take place October through January
    • Interviews are granted on a first-come first-serve basis
    • Interviews are by email invitation only through the ERAS post office to the applicant’s email address as indicated on the ERAS application
    • Applicants who have not met our requirements will be notified by email through the ERAS post office email system
  • Interview Information

    • Applicants are responsible for their transportation to and from Athens, GA for their scheduled interview
    • Accommodations at a downtown Athens hotel will be made prior to your arrival by the Internal Medicine Residency Program and will be directly billed to the AU/UGA Medical Partnership
    • The interview process starts with dinner at 7:00 p.m. the night before the interview with program residents
    • The interview day begins approximately at 7:10 a.m. and ends at 1:30 p.m.
    • The interview process includes 2 interviews with Faculty and Program Leadership, a mini group problem solving session, and a tour of Athens, the AU/UGA Medical Partnership campus, St. Mary’s Hospital, and the new Residency Continuity Clinic

Contact us for more information

Abby Ward

Program Coordinator I, Internal Medicine Residency Program

St. Mary’s Hospital | Graduate Medical Education Suite

On behalf of the Department of Obstetrics & Gynecology at Augusta University, home of the Medical College of Georgia, thank you for your interest in our residency program.  We have a rich history in academic medicine.  Graduates from our program have become community, regional, and national leaders in patient care, academics, and research. 

Our four-year program is fully accredited by the American Council Graduate Medical Education.  The department’s mission is to provide a collegial environment for residents to develop the principles and skills for success in our field.  We have a proven track record of success preparing our graduates for independent practice, whether in academics, research, private practice, or subspecialty training.  Also, our residents act as teachers of, and role models for, future physicians in one of the country’s oldest and largest medical schools.  The Medical College of GA is the 13th oldest, founded in 1828, and 9th largest (2015) medical school in the US.

The Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology provides a comprehensive education in all aspects of general practice and subspecialty services, including Maternal-Fetal Medicine, Gynecologic Oncology, Reproductive Endocrinology, Infertility, & Genetics, and Female Pelvic Medicine & Reconstructive Surgery (formerly known as Urogynecology).  Rotations are structured to provide exposure to all of these services, appropriate for the level of training, inpatient and outpatient, during the four-year program.

Augusta University is a leader in basic and clinical research.  In fact, the Department of OBGYN is ranked #4 nationally in NIH funding, ahead of many of America’s most prestigious universities (from Blue Ridge Institute for Medical Research NIH rankings for 2017).  Exposure to research is an integral part of residency education.  Our residents are mentored by experienced faculty to complete a research project worthy of presentation and publication.  Current residents and recent graduates have presented meaningful research in areas of reproductive medicine and genetics, gynecologic cancer evaluation, imaging in obstetrics and gynecology, perinatal depression, mentoring of medical students, and surgical technique in obstetrical care.

To meet the needs of the ever changing GME community, our program has used innovative ideas to exceed the current standard for many aspects of residency training.  Examples include, expanded use of simulation with both low-fidelity and high-fidelity models to teach obstetric and gynecologic skills, focused laparoscopic and robotic simulation training, mock oral examinations, structured training in women’s health advocacy, and life-long learning modules in the manner of ABOG’s Maintenance of Certification program.  Our philosophy revolves around giving residents the tools to succeed in future, not simply providing the knowledge for advancement. 

Augusta University has a state-of-the-art simulation center that rivals any such center in the country.  With nearly 30,000 square feet of high tech equipment, our center can provide a simulation for nearly any clinical scenario.  In our newly renovated simulation laboratory, residents participate in a laparoscopic skills learning and assessment program which is adapted for Obstetrics & Gynecology from the Fundamentals of Surgery (FLS) curriculum.  Following successful completion of the laparoscopic skills program, residents begin a competency-based robotic surgery curriculum in preparation for a career utilizing these minimally-invasive surgical techniques.  Advanced robotic-assisted surgical training is performed on Augusta University Health’s da Vinci Si HD dual-console surgical system with a simulator pack.

In the 2012-2013 academic year, the program established a global health program in Women's Health.  We now have many years of experience in providing global health education with a focus on the international experience.  Residents entering our program are given an opportunity to participate in this highly successful experience of a lifetime.  The program, the department, and the institution supports this experience at little or no cost to each resident participant from our program.  
In conjunction with Dr. Daron Ferris, President and Founder of CerviCusco, residents from the Department of Obstetrics & Gynecology will gain both didactic and clinical experience in global health, focus on disease relevant to women’s health.  Located in Cusco, Peru, CerviCusco is a Peruvian registered non-profit establishment providing world-class medical care, especially with regards to pre-invasive disease of the female genital tract.  Peruvian women have some of the highest rates of cervical cancer in the world with an incidence greater than that of breast cancer.  
The Global Health Program in Obstetrics & Gynecology at Augusta University has a mission to promote awareness of global health issues in women's health, support international medical and surgical experiential learning, foster healthcare collaboration and research through a comprehensive educational curriculum, and provide meaning medical care to an underserved area.  CerviCusco partners with the International Cervical Cancer Foundation (INCCA), a non-profit organization of medical professionals dedicated to reducing cervical cancer morbidity and mortality in disadvantaged populations worldwide.

The most valuable asset of the training program is our people.  Our educational mission is focused on professional development and personal growth.  Our residents and faculty have an excellent working relationship, collegial and full of camaraderie, as we work toward a common goal.  Our department is a family of faculty, residents, students, nurses, and administrative staff that support one another inside and outside of the hospital.  Augusta is a great place to live and work.  You are welcome to contact us for more information regarding your place in our family.

For more information, contact Kathy Kline, Residency Program Coordinator at 706-721-2541 or  

 Chadburn Ray, MD, RPh, FACOG
Associate Professor, OBGYN
Residency Program Director    
Director, Global Women’s Health Program



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