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About Internal Medicine Residency

Keesler Air Force Base is home to Keesler Medical Center, a busy 60 bed hospital that cares for active duty service members and their families, retired service members and VA patients. The internal medicine residency is a three-year program that provides training in inpatient medicine, ambulatory medicine and preventative care. Our program has training affiliations with the University of Mississippi Medical Center, Gulfport Memorial Hospital and the Singing River Hospital system. Upon graduation, Keesler residents are board eligible, internal medicine physicians and many go on to subspecialties to include pulmonary critical care, cardiology, nephrology and hematology/oncology.
 

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Frequently Asked Questions

ACGME Rules and Guidance

Work caps

 

  • Interns will be responsible for the continuing care of up to 10 patients (not counting cross-cover), but no more
  • Interns can be assigned/admit up to 5 patients per call day, but no more
  • Interns can be assigned up to 8 new patients in 48 hours
  • Supervising residents will be responsible for the continuing care of up to 14 patients
  • Residents will not admit more than 10 patients per call day

 

Work Hours

 

  • Residents will have four days off averaged over four weeksThere is no "home-call" for residents
  • Both interns and residents will work no more than 80 hours per week on average over four weeks​
  • Residents may work up to 24 hours
  • An additional four hours may be used for the care of a single patient
  • No specific time off is required
  • However, eight hours after a normal day or 14 days after a 24-hour call is encouraged​
  • Residents will not take an in house more than every third day

 

Questions will be directed to the Attending of Record, Chief Medical Resident, Program Director and Associate Program Directors as available, and in real-time​

IM Residency goals and objectives for promotion by trainee skill level

Keesler Hours

Keesler Inpatient Medicine

  • ​Q4 day call
  • Call Days 6 a.m. - 8:30 p.m. 
  • Non-call Days 6 a.m. - 6 p.m.

Keesler Elective Rotation

  • Monday - Friday 7 a.m. - 4 p.m.
  • Weekends/Federal Holidays Off

Keesler Night Medicine

  • 7 p.m. - 8 a.m.

Other Hours

UMMC

  • 4 days off per month
  • Travel day provided on last day of the month before UMMC rotation

Singing River Hospital - Hospitalist

  • Monday - Friday 7 a.m. - 7 p.m.
  • Saturday 7 a.m. - 12 p.m.

Singing River Hospital - ICU

  • Monday - Friday 7 a.m. - 7 p.m.

Leadership

Internal Medicine Program Director

Col. Wayne Latack, MD, FACP, FACN
wayne.a.latack.mil@mail.mil
(228) 376-5537

Internal Medicine Coordinator

Jeimy Lerohl
jeimy.j.lerohl2.civ@mail.mil
(228) 376-3728

Chief of Residents

Capt. Jacob Bessler, Internal Medicine

Capt. Joseph Cook, Internal Medicine

Associate Program Directors

Lt. Col. Wassem Juakiem,
Gastroenterology

Lt. Col. Blake Elkins, Endocrinology

Maj. Joshua Tate, Endocrinology

Capt. Nicholas Keaton, Internal Medicine

81st Medical Group

The 81st Medical Group operates one of the largest Air Force medical facilities in the Air Force. Its primary mission is to maintain medical readiness for worldwide contingencies by providing quality, cost-effective health care for more than 27,000 enrollees, including almost 7,500 active-duty members. In addition, the 81st MDG commander oversees the Gulf Coast Multi-Service Market, which includes five military medical treatment facilities from Mobile, Ala., to New Orleans, coordinating care for 80,000 eligible beneficiaries along the Gulf Coast.

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