Clinical Services


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  • Inpatient Services

    Our Family Medicine residents rotate on two inpatient services: University of Mississippi Medical Center (UMMC) and Mississippi Baptist Medical Center (MBMC). This blend of experience provides  residents with an opportunity to admit patients in an unopposed residency environment at a community hospital while also experiencing and learning in the multi-specialty culture of an academic center. We feel the exposure to both environments gives our residents the advantage of both worlds: community and academic.

    UMMC Family Medicine Service

    The University of Mississippi Medical Center (UMMC), located in Jackson, is the state's only academic health science center. Its missions are to improve the lives of Mississippians by educating tomorrow's health care professionals, by conducting health sciences research and by providing cutting edge patient care. A major goal of the Medical Center is the elimination of differences in health status of Mississippians based on race, geography, income or social status.

    UMMC serves as a diagnostic and treatment referral center for the entire state. As such, it serves as an excellent teaching ground for complex patient care problems and a variety of medical illnesses. Four specialized hospitals on the Jackson campus include the only children's hospital in Mississippi, a women and infants' hospital, and adult care hospital and a critical care hospital. UMMC offers specialized services such as a dialysis unit, sleep disorders center, clinical research center, coronary, intensive care and stroke units, cardiopulmonary and work evaluation laboratories, and state-of-the-art diagnostic and therapeutic equipment. UMMC offers the only Level 1 trauma center, the only Level 3 neonatal intensive care nursery, and the only organ transplant programs in the state, in addition to many other referral services.

    In September 2010, Family Medicine started an observation service at UMMC. Family Medicine Inpatient Service (FMIS) admits patients typically to the Family Medicine section on the fifth floor of Wiser Women and Infants' Hospital; the service number is capped for appropriate educational experience. Residents and faculty rotate on a monthly basis the responsibility for the care of hospitalized patients. The Family Medicine patient's continuity resident physician also serves as consultant to the hospital team during the patient's hospital stay; this includes L&D continuity patients who present.

    The UMMC FMIS consists of a faculty attending, an upper level resident and/or a PGY-1's or PGY-2's resident. For the UMMC FMIS, the rotations serve as an experience with a stable patient/observation patient care month with the following goals and objectives:

    • Obtain a stable hospital patient care experience in an academic setting.
    • Gain experience in accepting patients that have been evaluated and admitted from the emergency room team.
    • Gain experience triaging and caring for Family Medicine continuity OB patients who present to L&D.
    • Develop consultation and negotiation skills necessary in the private practice of Family Medicine in an academic setting when referrals are needed for higher level care. This includes appropriate use of consultants and serving as a consultant.
      Gain skills in basic laboratory/radiographic interpretation.

    The main focus of the UMMC FMIS's admissions are stable patients from our three continuity locations: Grant's Ferry Family Medicine, Lakeland Family Medicine and West Jackson Family Medicine; however, stable, observation-criteria unreferred patients from the UMMC Emergency Department may be accepted if census permits.

    UMMC also serve as the principal teaching hospital for the PGY-1 year. During this year, residents rotate on many of the sub-specialty services to obtain rotation experiences in obstetrics (1 month), gynecology (1 month), emergency medicine (1 month), medicine/psychiatry (1 month) and pediatrics (3 months). The three months of pediatrics consist of pediatric wards, pediatric emergency room and well-baby nursery.

    Additionally, PGY-2 residents return to the University for a month of ambulatory pediatrics in the pediatric outpatient department. Obstetrical patients from our practice are delivered at UMMC. PGY-2's also complete a month of pulmonary medicine at the Department of Veterans Affairs Medical Center adjacent to UMMC. Also on the campus are the Addie McBryde Rehabilitation Center for the Blind and the Methodist Rehabilitation Center. Faculty in the Department of Family Medicine are available as consultants to the other specialty faculty and services at UMMC.

    MBMC Family Medicine Service

    Our faculty and residents also hospitalize patients at Mississippi Baptist Medical Center (MBMC), a local community hospital. Residents and faculty rotate on a monthly basis the responsibility for the care of hospitalized patients, in addition to the patient's continuity physician who serves as consultant to the hospital team during the patient's hospital stay.

    All PGY-1's spend at least two non-consecutive months on the in-hospital team at MBMC supervised by an in-hospital upper level resident and an in-hospital faculty member.

    The MBMC hospital service offers an excellent inpatient experience including intensive care. Continuity patients from our three continuity locations are the main focus of the admissions: Grant's Ferry Family Medicine, Lakeland Family Medicine, and West Jackson Family Medicine; also a limited number of unreferred patients from the MBMC Emergency Department may be accepted.

    With such a variety of patients with a diversity of problems, the residents are exposed to a wealth of medical experience during their months on MBMC hospital service; the following are the general goals and objectives for the rotations:

    • Obtain an intensive hospital patient care experience in the community hospital setting.
    • Gain experience in emergency room assessment and management, as well as medical presentation skills.
    • Develop consultation skills necessary in the private practice of Family Medicine in a community setting. This includes appropriate use of consultants and serving as a consultant.
    • Understand indications for and performance of common hospital-based procedures and therapies instrumental in patient assessment and care.
    • Gain skills in basic laboratory and radiographic interpretation.
    • Gain skills in basic laboratory/radiographic interpretation and medical computer skills.

    PGY-2 and PGY-3 residents spend at least two non-consecutive months a year with hospital patient care responsibilities in addition to their clinic and specialty rotation experiences. The MBMC hospital team also includes third- and fourth-year medical students. Rotating pharmacy residents also participate in hospital rounds.