Family Medicine

  • Robert Pallay, M.D.Robert Pallay, M.D., Family Medicine Residency Program Director

    We are proud of the Family Medicine Residency Program we've developed at Memorial Health University Medical Center in Savannah. This is an exciting time for our program. As the healthcare system in this country continues to evolve, it is becoming increasingly clear that the family physician will continue to play a very significant role in patient care. We provide opportunities for residents to pursue their personal passions, but they are also trained to graduate as excellent full-scope family physicians. Whether your passion is full scope family medicine, sports medicine, research, integrative medicine, women’s health, or maternity care, you can develop your skills here. Upon graduation, you will be able to secure a position as a family physician doing both inpatient and outpatient medicine; as a hospitalist or strictly an outpatient provider; or at a practice that emphasizes integrative medicine, sports medicine, research, or maternity care. You can continue your training in a post-residency fellowship. Or, you can find a job in academic education. Our program trains you for all of these options. 

    Candace Murbach, D.O.

    Candace Murbach, D.O., Family Medicine Residency Program Associate Director

    Our Family Medicine Residency Program is a networked program that strives to develop well-rounded family doctors. We consider ourselves networked instead of “opposed,” because of the unique, collaborative relationship that we share with the other residency programs at Memorial Health University Medical Center. The specialists in our program have developed a broad-spectrum family medicine experience for our residents, including the OB/GYN residency program’s support of surgical obstetrics in our department. In the past two years, we have recruited five family medicine attending physicians who practice obstetrics, including one who does C-sections and another who has a CAQ in sports medicine. As the clinical experiences of our resident physicians expand, our department chair has made it a priority to expand the resources available to them. This year, we purchased three ultrasound machines—including a handheld/portable scanner—and renovated the resident work room in our family medicine center. These experiences have been supplemented by a redesign of our residency education series, which now includes longitudinal didactic sessions on integrative medicine, behavioral health, health disparities, sports medicine, point-of-care ultrasound (including musculoskeletal ultrasound), procedures, and evidence-based medicine/critical appraisal of medical literature.

    Our goal is for our residents to be able to practice broad-spectrum family medicine in any community, especially in underserved or low-resource areas. Our graduates have chosen careers at health departments, as outpatient providers in private practice, and as hospitalists who practice in ICUs. Our residents have also done fellowships in sports medicine, geriatrics, global health, and emergency medicine. Our hope is that, in addition to developing into well-rounded physicians, our residents will use their three years with us to develop into well-rounded individuals outside of the hospital walls and become active participants in the communities they choose to serve.

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    If you have questions, contact:

    Joanne Warman, Family Medicine Residency Program CoordinatorJoanne Warman,
    Family Medicine Residency Program Coordinator
    Memorial Health University Medical Center
    1107 East 66th Street
    Savannah, GA 31404