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Resident Testimonials

Learn about life and training at UMMC from the ones who know it best: our residents.

Bo Brunson, MD

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Brunson

Medical school: University of South Alabama

“Making a decision about where to spend the next three years of your life is tough. The best advice given to me was to go where I felt most comfortable. That is the feeling I got from UMMC. This residency is full of people passionate about the future of the program, this city, and most importantly the patients we take care of every day. UMMC prides itself on being a family. That attitude shines through every aspect of this program and is why I am happy to call UMMC my family.”

Priya Patel, MD

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Patel

Medical school: University of Central Florida

“There were several different reasons why I selected UMMC’s Internal Medicine Program as my top choice. I had the chance to do two medicine rotations during my M4 year at UMMC and was impressed by how welcoming and supportive everyone here was; they all worked together as a team. I also quickly realized that training here would allow me to see a wide variety of disease processes that sometimes we only read about in books, and feel comfortable managing them on my own. I am happy and proud to be a part of this amazing program.”

Caleb Stanfield, MD

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Stanfield

Medical school: Louisiana State University - Shreveport

“When interviewing for residency positions, my wife and I were looking for a place that afforded us the opportunity to train at a place that would not only make us the best physicians we could be, but also prioritized family as well as camaraderie amongst residents, medical students and faculty. UMMC displayed that family atmosphere like no other program on the interview trail and that feeling has rung true throughout our intern year. At UMMC, I find myself becoming a better physician and a better person every day.”

Austin Burkenstock, DO

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Burkenstock

Medical school: The College of Osteopathic Medicine at William Carey University

“UMMC has provided an internal medicine residency experience that has well-surpassed my expectations. From day one, the faculty, staff, and residents here have created a family environment that distinguishes UMMC from other residency programs. Each of my attending physicians has had a passion for teaching, encouraged my involvement in various research opportunities, and created an environment that promotes resident well-being and learning. UMMC is an incredible place. I’m thankful to have chosen this program to complete my residency training!”

Malorie Holmes, MD

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Holmes

Medical school: Meharry Medical College

“Choosing UMMC was easily one of the best decisions I’ve ever made. From day one, I was enthusiastically welcomed to the program and hospital. My favorite thing about UMMC is that from the attendings to fellows to residents to medical students, we are all one big family. I was surprised by the way my attendings sought to know me as a person rather than just a resident and I’ve been amazed by the level of support this program has offered in times of need. If I had to go back and do it again, I’d choose UMMC every time.”

Chris Bourean, MD

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Bourean

Medical school: Wake Forest University

“When choosing a residency program, one thing that immediately stood out about UMMC Internal Medicine was the unique combination of a medically-complex patient population and a supportive group of residents and faculty. The opportunity to care for some of Mississippi’s most ill patients has helped me grow as a physician, both personally and professionally. At UMMC Internal Medicine, the goal is to train residents to become the doctor you’d like to have. After spending years with my co-residents, I feel confident in each of them and would be proud to have them as my doctor.” 

Kevin Kinloch, MD

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Kinloch

Medical school: Meharry Medical College

“When I interviewed at UMMC, I could tell how the residents got along and it wasn't an act. I saw the acuity of the patients and the availability of procedures. I also saw how hard the residents worked but still enjoyed themselves. No other program where I interviewed could I say the same. I made the right choice.”

Mark Lelli, MD

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Lelli

Medical school: University of Mississippi Medical Center

“When I began residency interviews, I initially thought there was a good chance I would end up somewhere else. It was only after exploring and discovering what other programs had to offer that I found out how special UMMC is. The people you meet here, the relationships you form, and the overall culture of the program is second to none. Couple that with the excellent training and education, and I knew I found a home in UMMC.”

Clark Cutrer, MD

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Cutrer

Medical school: University of Mississippi Medical Center
Fellowship: Hematology and Oncology, University of Mississippi Medical Center

“From the time I first started my M3 internal medicine rotation to now close to graduation and moving into fellowship, I have always felt personally cared for by the UMMC Department of Medicine. As a student, I felt as though residents and faculty were invested in me as a person and a future physician, and that same personal commitment has only been intensified during my residency training. Time and time again over the last three years, I have been affirmed in my decision to stay and there are so many examples: my amazing co-residents who are some of mine and my wife's closest friends, our faculty who I've learned so much from and are incredibly invested in our education, and especially the patients that I've been so fortunate to get to care for. It has truly been an honor and a delight to be able to train at UMMC and I'm excited I'll get to stay around at least a little while longer.”

Frankie Pedigo, MD

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Pedigo

Medical school: Louisiana State University - Shreveport
Fellowship: Rheumatology, University of Mississippi Medical Center


“I chose UMMC because I was looking for a program where the residents supported each other and the attending physicians would challenge and teach residents. In my three years at UMMC I can say both of these things have been true! Residents always have each other’s backs and have been there to support one another in times of need.”

Doug Gibson, DO

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Gibson

Medical school: University of North Texas Health Science Center
Fellowship: Hospice and Palliative Medicine, University of Mississippi Medical Center

“Choosing a residency program brought unique challenges as my wife is an emergency medicine resident and we wanted to choose an institution that would allow us both to thrive. UMMC was our first choice for residency because of its strong academics, an emphasis on resident education, exceptional pathology, and a supportive environment that would push us to be our best. Moving from Texas was a huge change, but I cannot imagine a more perfect internal medicine program for me. I have enjoyed my time at UMMC and I am thankful that I will be continuing my medical education during fellowship here.”

Seth Parham, MD

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Parham

Medical school: Louisiana State University – New Orleans
Residency: University of Mississippi Medical Center
Fellowship: Endocrinology, Washington University in St. Louis

“UMMC has been an invaluable asset in my medical training. Its breadth of pathology and complicated clinical challenges allow one to develop excellent and well-tested competencies in internal medicine. It allows you to work with compassionate men and woman while caring for a unique patient population unlike any other. After starting fellowship I realized how strong and thorough my internal medicine training had been. I felt comfortable to stand beside fellows from around the country and had no difficulty transitioning to a larger academic center. If given the choice I would easily choose UMMC again for my internal medicine training.”

Campbell Behlen, MD

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Campbell

Medical school: University of South Alabama
Residency: University of Mississippi Medical Center
Fellowship: Pulmonary and Critical Care, University of Mississippi Medical Center

“Overall, I felt prepared for fellowship following residency. I experienced autonomy in patient care while also developing great relationships with attendings and fellows. I think the amount of exposure we receive to sub-specialty rotations and how closely we work with the attendings was very beneficial. Fellowship was an adjustment, and going from a resident on June 30 to sub-specialist on July 1 was very intimidating. However, I had a lot of support not only from the other fellows but also the faculty. When preparing for fellowship, I think it is important to remember that you do not have to have all the answers and that it is ok to reach out for help, especially when you are uncertain. There is much more self-directed learning, but we have been given the tools we need during residency to succeed.”