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Seth Garber

Seth Garber, MD, co-chief Resident, Duke/Southern Regional AHEC Family Medicine Residency Program, Georgetown University Medical School graduate

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Seth Garber, MD, co-chief Resident, Duke/Southern Regional AHEC Family Medicine Residency Program, Georgetown University Medical School graduate

Attending school in Washington, D.C., Dr. Seth Garber didn’t initially seek an AHEC residency, but the proximity of the Duke/Southern Regional AHEC Program and UNC-Chapel Hill, where his fiancee was attending, as well as free housing offered during a rotation when he was fourth-year medical student, prompted him to explore the possibilities.

“I first heard of AHEC when I was in medical school working on a project for Family Medicine Day. The AHEC was located next to the school and gave me everything I needed,” Garber said. That introduction led him, again, to AHEC resources.

“When I was researching clerkship programs in North Carolina and went to the Southern Regional AHEC website that said that I would get free housing during the rotation, I thought it was a great opportunity that I needed to check out.”

Upon his arrival at Southern Regional AHEC, Garber spent time with faculty members then worked with the doctors who were in their first year of the residency. “After watching their interactions with one another, I decided that Southern Regional AHEC was the place for me. I enjoyed spending time in the area and working in a community hospital setting,” Garber said. “But it was the unique cohesion with the people I met that made my decision to return to Southern Regional AHEC for my residency.”   

Now with his family medicine residency completed, Garber believes that AHEC provides everything you expect from residency training. However, it is the unexpected benefits of an AHEC residency that he feels will make a difference for him as a practicing physician.

“The residency provides good preparation, but the opportunity to be involved with all of things AHEC offers is a real advantage,” Garber said.

Garber also credits Southern Regional AHEC’s library and its resources as one of the extra benefits for family medicine residents and other medical students. “The library is located on the AHEC campus and the staff can get just about any journal or book that you need. All you do is make a request,” he said.