Baptist Internal Medicine Residency Program

The Baptist Internal Medicine Residency programs train residents in highly focused, tailored programs led by experienced teaching faculty who encourage a dynamic learning environment.

Residents benefit from more hands-on primary care and subspecialty experience through one-on-one work in clinical and community-based settings. Our internal medicine residents work within the Baptist Memorial Health Care system and will be fully prepared to practice medicine by mastering the required curricula, disciplines and technologies to succeed as internal medicine physicians.

Baptist values flexibility and collaboration to foster a culture where residents can explore and lead, developing the skills needed to become physician leaders within their future communities and professions.

Our health system's curriculum prepares residents to work with the Baptist Memorial Health Care Quality and Patient Safety team to learn the Baptist Management System, which is centered on:

  • People (Improved patient outcomes)
  • Purpose (Improved patient satisfaction)
  • Process (Decreased costs)

We believe in the community-based model

Much has been said but little has been studied when it comes to community versus institutional-based residencies. The small amount of research on this topic has proven residents perform the same on board examinations with either training. At an institutional-based residency, residents tend to get more subspecialty exposure, while at a community-based program, there tends to be more hands-on primary care. Both approaches have specific advantages, but Baptist chose to utilize the community-based format as it better supports our system-based values of compassionate care and service; teamwork and trust; innovation and excellence; respect for the individual and the value of diversity.


Residents are required to complete at least two scholarly activities during their residency periods: one individual project and one as a group. To support this effort, each resident will be assigned a faculty mentor who has experience in the completion of published works. These mentors will provide guidance and structure as each resident will progress through a modified Plan-Do-Study-Act (PDSA) cycle. Projects will be presented at the the local or regional American College of Physicians meeting and within the Baptist system.


Benefits include Baptist-funded health, vision, and dental insurance, annual paid-time off and sick leave, fully funded meals and professional leave for pre-approved meetings.


The residency program is centered on patient-based learning, a core schedule emphasizing pathology of disease as well as diagnostic processes and clinical management skills.

Our training program is designed to ensure competency in the key domains as defined by the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education: patient care, medical knowledge, practice-based learning and improvement, interpersonal and communication skills, professionalism, and system-based practice. We are a program that employs, educates and serves our community.

Application Information

How to Apply

The program academic year runs from July to June. Applications to the residency program are accepted through the Electronic Resident Application Service (ERAS).

We participate in the National Resident Matching Program (NRMP), which occurs in March each year. Recruited residents can expect to begin their residency periods on July 1.

Program Requirements

Regardless of location, all prospective residents must meet specific criteria prior to applying for the Baptist Internal Medicine Residency Programs.

Minimum Criteria

  • Graduation from an LCME or AOA school with:
    • USMLE Steps 1 and 2 scores 200 or above; Passing on Step 2 Clinical Skills
    • COMLEX Steps 1 and 2 440 or above; Passing on COMLEX 2 Clinical Skills
    • Will consider application for students with Step 2 Scores pending
  • International graduates must have ECFMG certificate and have passed USMLE, as above, along with Step 3 at 220 or above, and have US clinical experience
  • US citizens, permanent resident status (green card) holders, Employment Authorization Document (EAD) holders, Foreign Nationals with a valid Visa permitting employment with Baptist and J-1 Visa may be considered
  • Must have graduated from medical school within the past five years


Baptist's Internal Medicine Residency programs reflect a strong belief in community-based programs where residents engage in more hands-on primary care training.

Both Baptist Memorial Hospital-Golden Triangle and NEA Baptist Memorial Hospital are accredited by the ACGME and will be matriculating their first set of residents in July 2017 and 2018 respectively.

We will accept applications only through ERAS, so please keep an eye out during the application season.

Baptist Golden Triangle Internal Medicine Residency Program

The Baptist Golden Triangle Internal Medicine Residency Program offers residents an opportunity to work in a rural setting where health care training is intricately tied to the community. Our small program allows for hands-on experiences and close relationships with faculty.

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2520 Fifth Street North
Columbus Mississippi 39703

NEA Baptist Internal Medicine Residency Program

Residents who choose NEA Baptist Internal Medicine Residency Program work locally with faculty and doctors in the rural region of Northeast Arkansas where they train for careers in internal medicine or further advance subspecialty training.

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4800 East Johnson Avenue
Jonesboro, Arkansas 72401