MS Delta Family Residency Program

Program Director

Evelyn R. Walker, MD, MPH

Having spent the first 21 years of my life in the Mississippi Delta, I never envisioned any dream that might lead me back to my roots. The opportunity to assist in the development of a new residency program in Greenville, Mississippi, the Mississippi Delta Family Medicine Residency Program, materialized into such a dream. My persisting memories of an area replete with poverty’s social impact, coupled with the current reality of the Delta’s low physician to population ratio, and poor health outcomes were the impetus to create a model rural primary care residency program with an ultimate goal of improving health care in medically underserved areas. This Program welcomes residency candidates eager to learn not only the traditional clinical aspects of patient care, but also willing to learn fundamentals of social interplay with physical outcomes. Additionally, the Program seeks candidates, whether with or without Mississippi connections, who might develop a desire to remain in the area or some other rural Mississippi area upon completion of the three year residency program.

The Program’s curriculum adheres to the guidelines prescribed by the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education, which incudes multi-disciplined clinical rotations attended by local family medicine and specialty physicians. The internship, PGY-1, year focus largely on inpatient medicine, both adult and pediatrics. These inpatient rotations will occur in the Delta Regional Medical Center, which serves as the primary participating site. Additionally, there is an ongoing outpatient clinic where the resident will establish a panel of continuity patients to follow through to the Program’s completion. Exposure to community health through community health center experiences, home visits, and community outreach activities will engender appreciation of health care beyond the traditional medical clinic and hospital.

Obstetrics experiences in family medicine residency programs have dwindled over the years. Our program, however, offers the rich experience of obstetrics training attended by fellowship trained family physicians. These family physicians, affiliated with South Sunflower County Hospital in Indianola, are responsible for this training in prenatal care and deliveries. Obstetrics rotations extend into the PGY-2 and PGY-3 years to include continuity maternity care led by Delta Regional Medical Center obstetricians. These diverse experiences and ongoing opportunities to increase skills allow sufficient preparation to incorporate obstetrics into a subsequent practice should a resident desire.

Further rotations in specialty fields include required and elective rotations in surgery, emergency medicine, cardiology, nephrology, ophthalmology, radiology, dermatology, urology, psychiatry, and ambulatory pediatrics. Other components of the training include weekly lectures, grand rounds and journal club. Scholarly activity projects are required throughout the residency years.