Medicine Professor Named Georgia Academy of Family Physicians Board Chair

December 3, 2007

Contact: Anna Sandison
(478) 301-2232

MACON — Alice House, M.D., assistant professor of family medicine and clerkship director at Mercer University School of Medicine, was selected as board chair for the Georgia Academy of Family Physicians during the 59th Annual Scientific Assembly, held at the Cobb Galleria in Atlanta.

“It is an honor to serve one of the largest specialty groups in the state of Georgia,” said House. “The GAFP is committed to service to family physicians, residents, students and patients throughout the state of Georgia, and I am honored to have this opportunity to serve as their chair.”

Prior to her selection as board chair, House served as GAFP president. She also has been a member of the Board of Directors, secretary and vice-president, and has served on various task forces and committees.

After earning a Doctor of Medicine degree from Mercer University School of Medicine, House completed a residency in family medicine at the Medical Center of Central Georgia and operated a practice in Byron for five years. During this time, she served as the medical director for Hospice of Houston County and chief of staff at Peach Regional Hospital. She also served as chair of the Pharmacy and Therapeutics Committee at Peach Regional Hospital, as well as Macon Northside Hospital, now known as Coliseum Northside Hospital.

In addition to her post on the faculty at Mercer, House is the medical director for the Elberta HealthCare Center in Warner Robins. She is a fellow of the American Academy of Family Physicians, a member of the Alpha Omega Alpha medical honor society and is a Certified Medical Director through the American Medical Directors Association. In her spare time, she plays the flute and piccolo in the Middle Georgia Concert Band.

About Mercer University School of Medicine:
Celebrating its 25th year, 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. The School only accepts Georgia residents into its medical degree program. Students entering Mercer University School of Medicine will be graduated from a school that utilizes 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. In June 2007, the University announced it would expand its two-year clinical program at Memorial University Medical Center into a second full, four-year doctor of medicine program by fall 2008. The School also offers master’s degrees in public health, family therapy, family services and nurse anesthesia.

About Mercer University:
Founded in 1833, Mercer University is a dynamic and comprehensive center of undergraduate, graduate and professional education. The University has 7,300 students; 11 schools and colleges – liberal arts, law, pharmacy, medicine, business, engineering, education, theology, music, nursing and continuing and professional studies; major campuses in Macon and Atlanta; four regional academic centers across the state; a university press; two teaching hospitals — Memorial Health University Medical Center and the Medical Center of Central Georgia; educational partnerships with Warner Robins Air Logistics Center in Warner Robins and Piedmont Healthcare in Atlanta; an engineering research center in Warner Robins; a performing arts center in Macon; and a NCAA Division I athletic program. For more information, visit
www.mercer.edu.

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