SAVANNAH – Mercer University School of Medicine (MUSM) graduate Dr. Natalie Britt, chief resident in the Savannah Family Medicine Residency Program at Memorial Health University Medical Center, was recently selected as the 2019 Dr. Keith Ellis Resident Scholarship recipient as well as 2019 Resident of the Year by the Georgia Academy of Family Physicians.
These prestigious awards recognize the individual efforts of family medicine residents who demonstrate leadership and academic skills, participate in professional affairs and contribute positively to the community.
Dr. Britt was selected based on her exemplary leadership skills within the residency program and her local community as well as her dedicated service to the American Academy of Family Physicians as a resident delegate and resident member of the Commission on Education.
She was recognized at a reception hosted by Dr. Robert Pallay, program director of the Savannah Family Medicine Residency Program, in June. Dr. Keith Ellis, for whom the Keith Ellis Resident Scholarship Award is named, was also in attendance to help congratulate Dr. Britt on her awards.
Dr. Britt is originally from Augusta and completed her undergraduate degree at Gardner-Webb University before earning her M.D. from MUSM on the Savannah campus.
She was one of only 12 residents nationwide to receive the 2018 Award for Excellence in Graduate Medical Education from the American Academy of Family Physicians for her commitment to patients and the specialty of family medicine.
About Mercer University School of Medicine (Macon, Savannah and Columbus)
Mercer University’s School of Medicine was established in 1982 to educate physicians and health professionals to meet the primary care and health care needs of rural and medically underserved areas of Georgia. Today, more than 60 percent of graduates currently practice in the state of Georgia, and of those, more than 80 percent are practicing in rural or medically underserved areas of Georgia. Mercer medical students benefit from a problem-based medical education program that provides early patient care experiences. Such an academic environment fosters the early development of clinical problem-solving and instills in each student an awareness of the place of the basic medical sciences in medical practice. The School opened a full four-year campus in Savannah in 2008 at Memorial University Medical Center. In 2012, the School began offering clinical education for third- and fourth-year medical students in Columbus. Following their second year, students participate in core clinical clerkships at the School’s primary teaching hospitals: Medical Center, Navicent Health in Macon; Memorial University Medical Center in Savannah; and The Medical Center and St. Francis Hospital in Columbus. The School also offers master’s degrees in family therapy, preclinical sciences and biomedical sciences and a Ph.D. in rural health sciences.