The Forrest General Hospital Family Medicine Residency is an ACGME-accredited unopposed community residency based in the largest hospital in South Mississippi, with 512 beds and a catchment area of over 450,000 patients. We also have a partnership with Hattiesburg Clinic, the largest multi-specialty physician group in Mississippi.
A Message from our Director
Thank you for taking the time to discover what makes our residency program unique. I’d like to take this opportunity and introduce you to our program and facility
Since 1952, Forrest General Hospital has grown from the original 90-bed facility into a 512-bed regional hospital, with an air ambulance. We are the only Level II Trauma Center in the area, which serves 19 counties. Our Emergency Department is staffed by 19 board certified physicians and averages over 80,000 visits per year. Our Obstetric services perform over 2,300 deliveries per year and we have 3 neonatologists staffing our NICU. Our hospitalist service is staffed by 21 board certified internists and averages a census of approximately 130. Immediately adjacent to the hospital is Hattiesburg Clinic, a 250-provider multi-specialty clinic, where the Family Medicine Center is housed and where most of the subspecialty rotations are provided. Hattiesburg Clinic has a full spectrum lab, radiology department with MRI, CT, and nuclear imaging staffed by radiologists from 7 AM to 6 PM, pulmonary lab, in-house cardiac imaging suite, physical therapy , neurology lab, an ambulatory surgery center, endoscopy suite, infusion clinic, and a collegial atmosphere which encourages “curbside consults.”
Our program offers an exceptional educational opportunity. Residents are able to park their car at the hospital in the morning, walk to their specialty rotation or make rounds on their own hospitalized patients, then walk through an enclosed crosswalk to the Family Medicine Center for their clinics, or to their clinical rotations. Taking only six residents per year allows most rotations to have only one or two residents per rotation, ensuring excellent “one-on-one time” with faculty physicians throughout the day. Hattiesburg Clinic has been in operation for over 50 years and has a service area of 300,000 people, with demand for primary care services producing an abundance of new patients for the residents as they establish their practices in the FMC. Both Forrest General Hospital and Hattiesburg Clinic use Epic as their EMR.
The campus of The University of Southern Mississippi is within short walking distance of the clinic and hospital, and offers Division I sports activities as well as a multitude of cultural and academic opportunities. William Carey University, also located in Hattiesburg, has an Osteopathic School of Medicine. Quality of life in Hattiesburg, a two university city, is excellent, with good public and private schools and a low cost of living and affordable housing. New Orleans is only an hour and twenty minutes away, and the amazing beaches of Mississippi, Alabama, and Florida are only a one to 2 hour drive. Our area is also known for its wonderful outdoor activities including hunting, fishing, boating and biking. The Longleaf Trace, a paved rails- to -trails biking project which stretches 43 miles from Hattiesburg to Prentiss, awaitsthe casual or serious biker.
As you browse through our pages of information, we hope you capture the sense of commitment we have to providing world class care to our patients. We hope you will consider joining us as we make a difference in the communities we serve.
T. Eric Hale, MD
All Regular Rotations
Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation
Behavioral Health/Mental Illness
Rural Family Medicine
Connections Clinic (pediatric behavioral health and learning disorder treatment)
Medical Subspecialties including Endocrinology, Cardiology, Hematology, Oncology, etc.
Surgical Subspecialties including Ophthalmology, Vascular Surgery, Trauma Surgery, etc.
- •PGY – 1 $55,500
- •PGY – 2 $57,500
- •PGY – 3 $59,500
- •$3,000 Moving Allowance
- •Monogrammed lab coats, scrubs, and residency shirts provided
- •Reimbursement for out of town rotations
- •YMCA Membership or Gym Memberships
Annual Educational Allowance:
•$800 for first year, $1,500 for second year, and $1,500 for third year
•The Newest MKSAP Version
•Payment for Step 3 and American Board of Family Medicine Certification Exams
•American Board of Family Medicine Certification Exam
Payment for licensure and professional fees such as:
- •Mississippi state medical licensure
- •Training permits and renewals
- •State and Federal DEA registration/license fee
- •ACLS, PALS, and ATLS certification
•Selected professional memberships (AAFP for example)
Each resident receives the following:
•Personal Laptop (gifted to the resident upon completion of their training)
•$60.00 monthly smart phone allowance
•Digital access to online medical resources
•Complimentary meals provided in the physician dining room in the hospital.
•Resident Lounge, call rooms, and individual work space in the hospital and clinic.
•Dragon microphones available at each resident work station.
•Wireless internet throughout hospital, clinic and offices.
•Complimentary physician parking at both the hospital (covered) and main clinic
•20 days annually
•Maternity and paternity leave available
- •Professional liability, life and long-term disability liability provided
- •Short-term disability available
• Competitive insurance package includes health, dental, life, disability, vision, accidental, and pharmacy insurance is available for the resident and family at a reasonable rate
Tax sheltered annuity
Tax-free health and dependent care spending accounts
Credit Union membership
Frequently Asked Questions
Though our residents are exposed to a variety of ethnicities, the majority our patients are african-american, caucasian, or hispanic.
Residents are given a host of benefits outside of their actual salary. For the most updated information on this subject, please see our benefits page.
Because their are no other residencies at Forrest General our residents have greater responsibility in managing pediatric, OBGYN, and surgery patients which enhances the educational value of these rotations. Our residents get all of the great cases!
Residents get 20 days of paid time off per year, including vacation time.
Some of our residents (and faculty) live in lofts in Downtown Hattiesburg or houses in the downtown area. Others choose to buy or rent houses closer to the hospital and the Southern Miss campus. West Hattiesburg, Oak Grove and Petal offer newer, affordable housing in top-ranking school districts if you are looking more towards home ownership. We have also had residents choose to buy homes in more of a country setting outside of Hattiesburg, such as Sumrall or Purvis.
The ‘Hub City’ is located in the heart of Southern Mississippi. It is an almost equidistant drive from Mobile, New Orleans, Jackson, and the Gulf Coast. One can be in any of these locations within an hour and 45 minutes.
In Hattiesburg proper there is the Hattiesburg Public School District, which has several elementary schools and a junior high that filter into Hattiesburg High School. There are also two K-12 private schools, Sacred Heart, and Presbyterian Christian School, and Benedict Day School, a K-8 private school. Just outside of the city limits are Petal and Oak Grove, each with excellent public schools.
Residents are allowed to moonlight ‘in-house’ during their second year once they have attained a medical license and DEA. As a third-year resident they are allowed to moonlight outside of Forrest General.
Interns spend 1 month on the Forrest General Labor and Delivery service and 1 month on the rural obstetrics service in Waynesboro, Mississippi. This is in addition to 1 month of gynecology as a second-year resident. More experience is available via electives.
This is one of the strong points of our residency, as residents work very closely with faculty and staff in guiding the program. We as faculty understand that residents are ‘in the trenches’ and have a better understanding of the changes that need to be made to improve their educational experience.
Hattiesburg itself offers a lively nightlife including downtown area bars, restaurants, festivals, The Saenger Theater, coffee shops, art and antique stores, and a famous local comic book shop. Downtown Hattiesburg also abuts the Leaf River offering canoeing, fishing, and camping. Every Wednesday night, residents and faculty get together for Trivia at the Thirsty Hippo in Downtown Hattiesburg. For runners, Hattiesburg offers the Red Bean Running Club, Pine Belt Pacers and a bicycle club headquartered at historic Moore’s Bicycle Shop across the street from the Hattiesburg Zoo and Kamper Park, also located downtown and 3 minutes from the hospital. The Longleaf Trace, a popular biking a running trail, stretches 40 miles beginning in downtown Hattiesburg.
We do require scholarly activities from our residents, but depending on your interests this may involve research or quality improvement projects.
Our Faculty and Staff
Core Faculty and Staff
•Troy Daniels, Designated Institutional Officer
•Laurie L. Barker, GME Program Manager
•Sarah Brinkley, Residency Coordinator
•Kaitlin Taormina, Residency Coordinator
A Resident's Perspective
Welcome to Forrest General Hospital Family Medicine Residency Program! When selecting a residency, a number of factors come to mind: academics, training, post-residency job availability, and work environment. At this program, you will receive rigorous training in a three-year program that gives you a strong academic focus in a large community hospital.
As an unopposed program in a thriving, multi-specialty hospital that serves as a regional tertiary referral center, as well as the largest multi-specialty clinic in Mississippi, we have the benefit of first-access to many cases and procedures. While exposed to the current technological advances, it is still the people that make this experience unique. Our faculty and specialists in Forrest General Hospital and Hattiesburg Clinic are excellent teachers, and provide tremendous opportunities to learn. They are invested in our education, invested in the residency, and are great resources throughout training and beyond.
While our program has a lot to offer, we feel that the people are truly the cornerstones of the program, and we encourage you to consider joining us. From the residents, faculty, and administration, we hope that you will give sincere consideration to the Forrest General Hospital Family Medicine Residency Program when choosing your Family Medicine residency.
Dr. Carlos Prays, Chief Resident
Our didactic program consists of four days per week of Morning Report and Noon Conference sessions. Morning report gives residents and attendings a chance to present AAFP Journal articles, review MKSAP board prep curriculum, and give case presentations. Noon Conference allows our residents to learn from expert physicians at Forrest General and Hattiesburg Clinic outside in a formalized didactic setting. Speakers present on a variety of topics aimed to help our residents in preparation for both their boards and practice, and residents have a chance to ask questions and enter in-depth discussions. Didactic sessions are scheduled every Monday-Thursday. Complimentary meals, including some catered lunches, are available for conferences.
Forrest General Hospital
Forrest General, a leader in medical excellence, has grown from a 90-bed facility into a 512-bed acute care hospital and the flagship hospital of the Forrest Health system, providing regional health services to a 19-county area. Other Forrest Health hospitals include: Highland Community Hospital, Picayune; Jefferson Davis Community Hospital, Prentiss; Marion General Hospital, Columbia; Walthall General Hospital, Tylertown; and The Orthopedic Institute, Hattiesburg.
We are the regional level II trauma center and offer 24 hour coverage for all surgical subspecialties including trauma and neurosurgery. Patients in our region can be transported urgently to Forrest General via an air ambulance stationed outside of the building. Forrest General Hospital consists of 512-inpatient beds with a 400-bed general medical/surgical facility; Pine Grove Behavioral Health and Addiction Services, an 88-bed chemical dependency and psychiatric unit; and Rehab Resource, a 24-bed rehabilitation unit. In addition, the hospital includes Forrest General’s Home Care and Hospice, LiveWell Center, Cancer Center, and Wound Healing Center. The Asbury Hospice House opened in the fall of 2016. Forrest General also provides all-levels of care for critical access care hospitals in the 19-county service area, including Covington County Hospital, Greene County Hospital, Hancock Medical Center, Jefferson Davis Community Hospital, Perry County General Hospital, Stone County Hospital, Inc., and Walthall General Hospital.
Our residents perform all of their inpatient rotations in Forrest General, located just across the street from their primary clinic. The inpatient rotations include internal medicine, pediatrics, labor and delivery, gynecology, and surgery.
Given the amount of time spent on inpatient rotations, an area of the hospital has been converted into the resident work area, with a resident work room, a conference room, two call rooms, a lounge, and a locker room. Also within this area is an office for the chief resident and an office for the inpatient attending.
The inpatient medicine service is supervised by two board certified hospitalists employed by the residency who alternate weeks. Though a demanding inpatient service, these attendings are available at all times for assistance.
Nicknamed the Hub City, Greater Hattiesburg is home to a vibrant culture, diverse economy, high quality of life and a world of opportunity. Covering a tri-county area in South Mississippi, the Hattiesburg MSA encompasses Forrest, Lamar and Perry Counties, with a population of nearly 150,000. Greater Hattiesburg is centrally located between Jackson, MS, Gulfport/Biloxi, MS, New Orleans, LA and Mobile, AL, offering a mix of big city advantages with small town charm.
New Orleans is only an hour and twenty minutes away, and the amazing beaches of Mississippi, Alabama, and Florida are only a one to 2 hour drive. Mississippi is known for its wonderful outdoor activities including hunting, fishing and boating. The Longleaf Trace, a paved rails-to-trails biking project which stretches 43 miles from Hattiesburg to Prentiss, awaits the casual or serious biker.
How to apply
Only electronic applications via the Electronic Residency Application Service (ERAS) are reviewed for interview invitations.
All PGY-1 positions are selected through the National Resident Matching Program (NRMP)
The Forrest General Hospital NRMP number is 1692.
No visa sponsorships available
Graduation date less than two years from the year that you are applying
Step 1/ Comlex 1 must be passed for consideration of an interview
Successful passage of both the CK/CE and CS/PE for Step 2 prior to ranking
Must have documented experience in meaningful clinical work, education and/or research