Golden Triangle Internal Medicine Residency Program

The Golden Triangle Internal Medicine Residency Program trains residents on a highly-focused, tailored program led by experienced teaching faculty who encourage a dynamic learning environment.

Residents benefit from more hands-on primary care and subspecialty experience through one-on-one work in clinical and community-based settings. Our internal medicine residents work within the Baptist Memorial Health Care system and will be fully prepared to practice medicine by mastering the required curricula, disciplines and technologies to succeed as an internal medicine doctors.

Baptist Golden Triangle values flexibility and collaboration to foster a culture where residents can explore and lead, developing skills needed to become physician leaders within their future communities and professions.

Our health system’s curriculum prepares residents to work with the Baptist Memorial Health Care Quality and Patient Safety team to learn the Baptist Management System, which is centered on:

  • People (Improved patient outcomes)
  • Purpose (Improved patient satisfaction)
  • Process (Decreased costs)

With its small size and simplicity, our program also emphasizes flexibility as we focus on training and education.

Learn More About Columbus, MS

Whether you are sports fan, a historian, or enjoy the outdoors, Columbus and the Golden Triangle area have many activities to offer.

  • Charming Southeastern town with Southern architecture, good food, a friendly atmosphere
  • Community located on the river for water sports and fishing
  • Beautiful PGA golf courses within minutes
  • SEC sporting events within minutes; Mississippi State University, University of Mississippi and University of Alabama
  • Columbus, Mississippi is located; 150 miles north of Jackson, Mississippi; 150 miles southeast of Memphis, TN; 100 miles west of Birmingham, AL
  • Direct jet service by a major airline to Atlanta

Learn more about the area.

About the Program

The Department of Internal Medicine at Baptist Golden Triangle in Columbus, Mississippi 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 Baptist Golden Triangle. For more information about clinical rotations, contact Christina Dickey at:

PGY R3 - Rotation

Block PGY R1 - Rotation PGY R2 - Rotation PGY R3 - Rotation
 1  Orientation Wards Wards
 2 Ward Night Med Night Med
 3  ICU Subspecialty Cardiology Subspecialty
 4  Wards Subspecialty Infectious
 Subspecialty Rheumatology
 5  ER Subspecialty
 6  Subspecialty
 Elective Elective
 7  Night Med Elective Elective
 8 Clinic Elective Elective
 9  Neurology Elective Elective
 10  Subspecialty
 11  Wards Wards Wards
 12 ICU Clinics Clinics
 13 Clinic Psychiatry General Medicine

Options available for Blocks 6, 7, 8, 9 electives proving two 2-week combinations to fill each 4-week block will include: Allergy and Immunology, Ambulatory Cardiology, Cardiology, consultations, Dermatology, Ear Nose and Throat, Interventional Radiology, Nephrology, Oncology, Orthopedic, Outpatient Obstetrics and Gynecology, Research and Sleep Medicine.

Three vacation weeks are assigned based as closely as possible on the resident's request. Blocks 6, 8, 10 and 13 are vacation eligible months.


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.

Baptist Golden Triangle 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.

How To Apply

The program academic year runs from July to June. Applications to the residency program are accepted through the Electronic Resident Application Service (ERAS).

We participate in the National Resident Matching Program (NRMP), which occurs in March each year. Recruited residents can expect to begin their residency periods on July 1.

Program Requirements

Regardless of location, all prospective residents must meet specific criteria prior to applying for the Baptist Internal Medicine Residency Programs.

Minimum Criteria

  • Graduation from an LCME or AOA school with:
    • USMLE Steps 1 and 2 scores 200 or above; Passing on Step 2 Clinical Skills
    • COMLEX Steps 1 and 2 440 or above; Passing on COMLEX 2 Clinical Skills
    • Will consider application for students with Step 2 Scores pending
  • International graduates must have ECFMG certificate and have passed USMLE, as above, along with Step 3 at 220 or above, and have US clinical experience
  • US citizens, permanent resident status (green card) holders, Employment Authorization Document (EAD) holders, Foreign Nationals with a valid Visa permitting employment with Baptist and J-1 Visa may be considered
  • Must have graduated from medical school within the past five years

For more information, contact

Department of Graduate Medical Education
Baptist Memorial Hospital-Golden Triangle
2520 Fifth Street North
Columbus, MS 39703

Contact Us

Baptist Golden Triangle Internal Medicine Residency Program

2520 5th Street, North
Columbus, MS 39705


Our Faculty

John E. Reed, Jr, MD, FACP

A native of West Point, Mississippi, Dr. Reed's medical career began at the University of Mississippi Medical Center in 1973. He is a board-certified internal medicine physician licensed to practice in Mississippi. Throughout his career, Dr. Reed has maintained multiple hospital privileges thoughout Mississippi in Aberdeen, West Point, Starkville, Louisville and Macon. He currently practices at Baptist Memorial Hospital-Golden Triangle in Columbus.

A leader in the physician community, Dr. Reed has served in multiple hospital rolesat Baptist Golden Triangle, including: Chairman, Pharmacy & Therapeutics committee, Member, Pharmacy & Therapeutics committee, Medical Director, Performance Improvement Committee.

With substantial research, teaching, speaking and publishing credits, Dr. Reed is known as a highly-skilled physician leader and mentor. Dr. Reed's particular areas of research include: Anemia Management in Hemodialysis, Hemodialysis Access and How to Increase the Percentage of AVF's, ESRD Modality Selection, Hemodialysis Adequacy, Protocol Development in the Dialysis Unit, CQI in the Dialysis Unit, Safety of IV Iron preparations, Pathways for Admission to Hospital from Emergency Department, Achievement of Core Measure Targets in hospital setting, SCIP (Surgical Care Improvement Project) & Core Measures Projects.

Dr. Reed is an active member of many organizations, including the American College of Physicians, the American Society of Internal Medicine and the Society of Hospital Medicine.

Dr. Reed and his wife reside in Columbus, Mississippi.

Peter Tofts, MD

Board-certified physician Ryu Peter Hambrook Tofts, MD specializes in pulmonary and critical care medicine. Following the completion of his undergraduate degrees and residency training in the United Kingdom, Dr. Tofts completed an internal medicine internship and residency at Cleveland Clinic Hospital in Weston, Florida.

He has published many articles and abstracts, and is licensed to practice in Mississippi and New York, as well as certified by the American Board of Internal medicine in critical care and pulmonary disease. Among several other active memberships, he also is an active member of the American College of Chest Physicians, the Society of Critical Care Medicine and the American College of Physicians.

Dr. Tofts enjoys traveling, food and spending time with his wife and daughters in Columbus where he resides.