About the Program

The Department of Internal Medicine at NEA Baptist Memorial Hospital in Jonesboro, Arkansas, is dedicated to training residents for careers in general internal medicine or further training in a subspecialty area.

The education structure of the program is centered on patient-based learning, a core schedule emphasizing pathology of disease as well as diagnostic processes and clinical management skills.

Our training program is designed to ensure competency in the key domains, as defined by the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education: patient care, medical knowledge, practice-based learning and improvement, interpersonal and communication skills, professionalism, and system-based practice. We are a program that employs, educates and serves our community.

Community Based Residency – How are we different?

Much has been said but little has been studied when it comes to community versus institutional-based residencies. The small amount of research on this topic has proven residents perform the same on boards with either training. At an institutional-based residency, residents tend to get more subspecialty exposure, while at a community-based program, there tends to be more hands-on primary care. Both approaches have specific advantages, but Baptist chose to utilize the community-based format as it better supports our system-based values of compassionate care and service; teamwork and trust; innovation and excellence; respect for the individual and the value of diversity.


Residents are required to complete at least two scholarly activities during their residency periods: one individual project and one as a group. To support this effort, each resident will be assigned a faculty mentor experienced in the completion of published works. These mentors will provide guidance and structure as each resident will progress through a modified Plan-Do-Study-Act (PDSA) cycle. Projects will be presented at the local or regional American College of Physicians meeting and within the Baptist system.


Medical students have the opportunity to rotate through a clinical service at NEA Baptist. For more information about clinical rotations, please contact Krysha Harmon at: Krysha.harmon@bmhcc.org.

You may view a sample of our 2017-2018 block schedule [PDF, 25 KB].


Benefits include Baptist-funded health, vision, and dental insurance, annual paid-time off and sick leave, fully funded meals and professional leave for pre-approved meetings.

NEA Baptist residents enjoy the small, selective nature of the internal medicine program, where they can establish lifelong professional relationships with faculty and other residents.

View our 2017-2018 benefits package. [PDF, 96 KB].

Contact Us

NEA Baptist Internal Medicine Residency Program

4800 E. Johnson Avenue
Jonesboro, AR 72401