Published on July 11, 2017

Fulton Native Begins Family Medicine Residency at NMMC

TUPELO, Miss.—The North Mississippi Medical Center Family Medicine Residency Program recently welcomed eight new residents, including Chelsea Rick, D.O., of Fulton.

Dr. Rick graduated cum laude from Millsaps College in Jackson with a bachelor’s degree in biology. She received her medical degree from the William Carey University College of Osteopathic Medicine in Hattiesburg. She was named Student Doctor of the Year by her medical school and is a Mississippi Rural Physicians Scholar. She was named Miss Mississippi in 2013 and participated in several community service events as part of her participation in Miss Mississippi and Miss America. She was a member of the osteopathic medicine honor society Sigma Sigma Phi, and is a member of the Mississippi Academy of Family Physicians.

She is the daughter of Rhonda and Clay Rick of Fulton.

“The family medicine residency training program emphasizes quality medical education through traditional medical and surgical rotations. The program’s quality is also enhanced by a broad-based curriculum in family medicine in the NMMC Family Medicine Residency Center and in rural rotations throughout North Mississippi Medical Clinics,” said Dennis Smith, D.O., residency director. “Our primary goal is to increase the number of board-certified family physicians in Mississippi, and this program is leading us in that direction. We must rebuild our primary care base if we expect to properly care for the growing number of elderly and if we expect to improve quality of care while tempering cost increases.” For more information on the NMMC Family Medicine Residency Program, call (662) 377-2189 or 1-800-THE DESK (1-800-843-3375).

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