Navicent Health located in Macon, Georgia, is the second largest hospital in Georgia with a capacity of 637 beds, serving 28 counties and a population of more than 750,000 people in Central and South Georgia. Navicent Health is represented by all specialties and serves as a leader in the Central Georgia area, offering humane and state of the art medical care. The hospital is committed to medical education and research, and is the primary academic hospital for Mercer University School of Medicine, including residencies in Internal Medicine, Pediatrics, General Surgery, Obstetrics and Gynecology and fellowships in Geriatric Medicine and Critical Care. The Emergency Center sees approximately 65,000 patients per year facing all types of emergencies. Consistent with Mission of Navicent Health, the staff of the emergency Center offers the most advanced, state of the art emergency care to critically ill patients. The faculty consists of full time board certified physicians in Emergency Medicine, with several of the physicians also boarded in Internal Medicine and Family Medicine.
The Emergency Medicine rotation serves as an overview of the specialty of Emergency Medicine with exposure to all types of emergencies. The 4 week rotation should provide the student and resident a solid experience in Emergency Medicine. The education of the rotating students and residents is a collaborative effort by all of the Emergency Department faculty.
The 4 week rotation begins with a structured orientation at which time they are given a topic list for reading and discussion as well as a skills and procedures checklist. In the last week of the rotation there is an Ethics Conference that is moderated by an Emergency physician and a Psychiatry professor and covers a wide range of ethical and clinical dilemmas encountered in the Emergency Department. Included is a shift spent with EMS, the student will ride the ambulance with the paramedics and go on all their calls and follow the patient into the Emergency Center. This has always been a very exciting and educational experience for our 4th year students. There are weekly lectures and a written exam at the end of the rotation.
The Emergency Medicine rotation provides the student the opportunity for procedures. Some of these include : arterial blood gases, administration of IV or IM medications, placement of tubes (gastric, urinary catheters, endotracheal, thoracostomy), the performance of CPR and ACLS. They also have opportunity for laceration repairs, Incision and drainage of abscesses, reduction of dislocations . The Emergency Medicine rotation is totally hands on and very busy but fun at the same time. It enhances the confidence of the soon to graduate student.
Tomas Concepcion, M.D., F.A.C.E.P.
Professor and Academic
Chairman Department of Emergency Medicine
Telephone: (478) 633-7707