The 81st Medical Group at Keesler is a state-of-the-art multi-specialty healthcare and training facility commanded by a physician brigadier general. The hospital is a 56-bed facility with a staff of more than 1,600 military, civilian and contract personnel. It is the sponsoring institution for internal medicine, general surgery, three dental residencies, a phase II site for physician assistants and nine phase II medical technical training programs. Our training platforms will expand this summer to include a dental implantology preceptorship. A new inpatient tower was opened in December 2012. This $50 million 4 story addition features two additional state of the art operating rooms and new cardiac and vascular angiography suites as well as a recovery/perianesthesia (post-operative) care unit, Intensive Care Unit, and Emergency Department.
Department of Medicine:
The internal medicine residency is a three-year, fully accredited training program that accepts military residents for training. The program is the only stand-alone internal medicine residency in the Air Force. Keesler accepts eight
residents per year and encourages rotations by military medical students. Internal medicine residents can expect
to experience a broad range of patients through their continuity clinic at the 81st Medical Group where the majority of
time will be spent. To augment this experience we have available rotations at Memorial Hospital at Gulfport, the
Biloxi VAMC, the University of Mississippi Medical Center, Madigan Army Medical Center, Wash., and Military Specific Critical Care coverage at Landstuhl Regional Medical Center in Germany where residents care for
direct casualties of war. All residents will have an opportunity to perform a humanitarian mission with one of
our Infectious Disease specialists in a developing nation. Keesler has the full complement of Internal Medicine subspecialties, including four staff cardiologists performing the largest volume of interventional cardiology procedures in the DoD, acute and chronic hemodialysis services, a robust HIV and travel medicine clinic, a new state-of-the-art radiation oncology suite, and a strong commitment to military specific training. The staff to resident ratio across the Department of Medicine at Keesler is 1:1. Given that there are no fellowship training programs at the medical group, all subspecialty rotations are geared towards teaching residents and medical students directly and residents have opportunity to perform subspecialty procedures that are usually reserved for fellows. Partly because of this opportunity, a high percentage of recent Keesler graduates have gone on to fellowship training at both military and civilian institutions.