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Residency Program

Welcome to the Department of Otolaryngology - Head and Neck Surgery at the University of Mississippi Medical Center. We are glad you're considering applying to our residency program!

We are excited to again host in-person residency interviews for AY 23. 

Past applicants and our matriculated residents uniformly note their interest in ranking our program highly was based on experiencing the close-knit nature of our program and seeing what a wonderful place our area is to live.  

Join us for in-person interviews, and:

  • Get to know our family-oriented program
  • Enjoy time with our residents and faculty over dinner at a faculty member's home
  • Explore our community with a guided tour of the beautiful areas where our residents live and own homes

Our in-person interviews are scheduled for the following days:

  • Thursday, December 8, 2022
  • Wednesday, January 11, 2023
  • Tuesday, January 31, 2023

The interview day will begin around 10 am and will conclude around 5:30 pm followed by a dinner at a faculty members' home. Applicants will take part in a guided tour of the hospital and surrounding areas with residents and join our residents for a private lunch before interviews begin in the afternoon. 

If you have any questions about in-person interviews at UMMC, please reach out to our residency program coordinator Bonnie Boyd

Watch the video below to learn more about our residency program! 


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UMMC is Mississippi's ONLY:

  • Level 1 Trauma Center
  • Children's Hospital
  • Academic Medical Center
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    $2.5 Million

What We Cover:

  • 5 centrally located hospitals and clinics on one campus

Residency Program:

  • We are one of the top 30 programs nationally in NIH funding ($2.5 million)
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  • Our five year program accepts three new residents per year
  • Our residents have a 100% board pass rate

Mission statement

Our mission is to provide outstanding educational experiences for our residents that produce competent clinicians prepared for board certification and successful clinical practice while providing excellent care for the people of Mississippi and beyond. The program will provide a broad exposure to all aspects of the specialty through a variety of clinical experiences, structured learning environments and research opportunities.

Diversity and inclusion statement

We are dedicated to the education and training of diverse physician surgeons. We recognize the strength of a physician workforce comprised of many perspectives including race, ethnicity, age, gender identity, socioeconomic circumstance, disability, religious belief, political affiliation, and immigration status. This is paramount to graduating highly-trained, culturally competent physicians who will promote excellence in health care and innovative research endeavors to ultimately conquer health disparity.

Our program is located in the South with a recognized history where you might question the authenticity of our mission. With the permission of a recent Orthopedic Surgery resident graduate (Kevin Purcell, MD, MPH, MS, class of 2022) please follow the link below to read of his experience that reflects the universal mission of the University of Mississippi. 

Purcell, Kevin F. MD, MPH, MS1,a. What’s Important: A New York Doctor Goes to Dixie. The Journal of Bone and Joint Surgery: November 7, 2022 - Volume - Issue - 10.2106/JBJS.22.01090 doi: 10.2106/JBJS.22.01090

Departmental vision

Our vision is to create an environment that would make you want to send your own family member for care or education. This environment is characterized by teamwork, service to others, camaraderie, having fun, working hard, being the best in customer service, loving to teach, leadership, and innovation. We consistently rank near the top in the nation in patient satisfaction in our department, and we lead our institution in this regard. We seek to be known among the medical students as the best department in terms of teaching, clinical care, and the quality of our residents. We want our residency graduates to be proud of their department and to return to visit for years to come. We want to be leaders locally and nationally and to produce graduates that will do the same whether in academic or private medicine.

If you want to be part of a program that puts residents first and that consistently learns and strives for excellence, then you should come visit us. You will not regret it.

Contact us

Bonnie Boyd

Residency Coordinator
Bonnie Boyd
(601) 815-3037

Portrait of Dr. Lana Jackson

Residency Program Director
Lana Jackson, MD, PharmD
(601) 984-5456

Gina Jefferson

Vice Chair of Education
Gina Jefferson, MD, MS, FACS
(601) 984-5456