They have graduated from medical school and have come to continue the final phase of their medical education in the Mississippi Delta.
Six incoming Mississippi Delta Family Medicine Residents began their three-year program on July 1, and some are expected to work in Clarksdale. The new residents joined the current sixteen residents who have gone through first- and second-year rotations.
“This is the third grade entering our family medicine residency program, and I’m excited to welcome them to Greenville and the Mississippi Delta,” said Iris Stacker, Interim Chief Executive Officer of Delta Health System. “The residency program continues to provide excellent primary care to our community and the region. As of July, the Delta has twenty-three doctors who provide services here at home to families of all ages.”
The Mississippi Delta Family Medicine Residency Program New Residents 2022 are:
• Kyle HillMD, University of Medicine and Health Sciences, St. Kitts and Nevis
• Tamanna KarimMD, North East Medical College, Bangladesh
• Crystal SalakoMD, American University of Integrative Sciences School of Medicine, Barbados
• Christian SmithMD, St. George’s University, Grenada
• George StevensDO, William Carey University College of Osteopathic Medicine
• Gideon YeboahMD, Caribbean Medical University, Curacao
National statistics show that 60 percent of medical residents will choose to continue their practice in the area where they did their residency.
The Mississippi Medical Education and Research Consortium (MSMERC) strives to create learner- and patient-centered environments that emphasize compassionate care, integrity, inclusiveness, academic excellence, science, adaptability, and social responsibility.
The first year includes many facets such as Didactics and Presentations, Communication, Nursing Home and Scientific Activity and Research.
Didactics and Presentations: The program will ensure that residents receive comprehensive and up-to-date education on medical and healthcare issues through mandatory weekly four-hour didactic sessions.
Communication: The program will provide resources for residents’ continued development in communication skills and building interpersonal relationships among peers, educators, staff, and patients and their families.
Nursing Home: The program provides a geriatric educational experience through exposure to nursing homes.
Scientific Activity and Research: The program will support residents to take advantage of the wealth of research opportunities within the clinical setting of primary care practice, health care systems, and the Delta community and population served.
“Together with the residency program, the twenty-three physicians treat patients in the
Family Medicine Residency Clinic located at 300 S. Washington Avenue, Greenville,” said Stacker. “The residency program is one solution to the physician shortage plaguing our state.
“I hope the community understands how important the Mississippi Delta Family Residency program is to health care and the region,” Stacker added.
About MS MERC
MS MERC, Inc. acts as the ACGME sponsoring institution.
In addition to its responsibility for academic oversight, it is also a 501(c)3 tax-exempt charitable organization responsible for assisting in obtaining financial support for the program.
The Mississippi Delta Family Medicine Residency, which is overseen by MS MERC, is also accredited by the Accreditation Council on Graduate Medical Education (ACGME).
The faculty and staff will be experienced and highly capable educators who will lead our medical education mission and oversee the care provided by our medical interns at all levels.
About Delta Health System
Founded in 2020 as Delta Health System, the nonprofit has provided reliable and innovative healthcare for 68 years from its flagship medical center in Greenville, Mississippi. With a mission to improve access to healthcare in rural areas, Delta Health System provides the communities they serve with excellent service, compassionate care, and sustainable, high-quality medical care for generations to come.