The seeds of our community based residency program were sown several years ago when administrators at the University of Mississippi Medical Center, the State Legislature, and Forrest General Hospital began discussing the formation of a family medicine residency based in Hattiesburg. The major incentive was the tremendous need for family physicians in South Mississippi. After years of planning and fundraising the first class of residents started work on July 2014.
The reasons behind the decision to host a residency in Hattiesburg were many. Forrest General hospital is the regional referral center with a service area of over 500,000 people. The hospital hosts all subspecialty services and has a level II trauma service with trauma, orthopedics, and neurosurgery on call. It even hosts a large neonatal intensive care unit with three neonatologists.
Across the street from the hospital is the Hattiesburg clinic, which is the largest multi-specialty clinic in the state. Founded in 1963, the clinic has grown to over 300 physicians and providers, with almost 2,000 employees. These physicians work in the hospital and are directly involved in the education of our residents. Our Family Medicine Center is housed in the Hattiesburg Clinic main building, which is connected by a covered walkway to the main Hospital.