Internal Medicine Residency Program

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Thank you for your interest in the Magnolia Regional Health Center Internal Medicine Residency Program, a three year ACGME accredited Categorical Program.

Our Internal Medicine Program has a structured, robust didactic curriculum with an excellent, hands-on learning carefully tailored clinical experience.

Our program Mission is to develop physicians with the competency and skillset required to become the healthcare leaders of the future by exhibiting excellence in academics and high quality patient centered care.

Our Vision is to recruit and produce the best community trained internal medicine physician while improving the healthcare of our region through education, collaboration and commitment to the patients we serve.

Please check out our website below, as well as our social media page,  and see what are residents are up to – in and out of the hospital.

If you’re looking to train in a supportive, challenging, clinically excellent environment, MRHC is the place for you!

John Peyton Preece, D.O. FACOI

Internal Medicine Program Director

*Accredited by the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education

MRHC’s Internal Medicine Residency program accepts applications through the Electronic Residency Application Service (ERAS).

MRHC abides by the CMS COVID vaccination mandate requirements.  New hires are required to be fully vaccinated or granted exemption from the COVID-19 vaccine. 




Associate Professors of Internal Medicine/Core Faculty

J. Peyton Preece, D.O., FACOI

 Program Director Internal Medicine Residency

& Director of Student Medical Education

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Cody Stroupe, M.D.

Associate Program Director

Internal Medicine Residency

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Valerie Norton, D.O.

Associate Professor of Internal Medicine/Core Faculty


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Ben Long, M.D.

Associate Professor of Internal Medicine/Core Faculty

&  Hospitalist Group Director

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Chris Tucker, M.D.

Associate Professor of Internal Medicine/Core Faculty

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Sidney Pace, M.D.

Associate Professor of Internal Medicine

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Kyle Ulrich, D.O.

Associate Professor of Internal Medicine

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Mary Avery Poole, D.O.

Associate Professor of Internal Medicine/Core Faculty

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Saurabh Khurana, M.D.

Associate Professor of Internal Medicine/Core Faculty

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Training Program Highlights

  • Journal Club
  • Tissue and Tumor
  • MKSAP Board Review
  • Multidisciplinary Grand Rounds
  • Grand Rounds
  • Morbidity and Mortality
  • Morning Report
  • Case Presentation
  • Community Volunteer Opportunities
  • Resident Lecture
  • Research Opportunities
  • Ambulatory clinic experience weekly
  • Rotations at a Glance: 3 YR IM Rotational Requirements 22-23

Salary & Benefits

  • Competitive annual salary
  • Health & Life Insurance
  • 21 PTO Days annually PGY 1-3
  • Educational Days PGY1=4, PGY 2=6, PGY3=6
  • Long Term Disability
  • White Coat Annually
  • MRHC Stipend / Loan Repayment Program
  • Complimentary Meals
  • Board Review
  • Library Resources
  • Mobile Device

MRHC GME strives to maintain a healthy and supportive working environment for our trainees. Although we encourage an open door policy across all areas, there may be a need for sensitive discussions regarding mental health. In these cases, the trainee is encouraged to contact the 24/7 National Suicide Prevention Hotline 1-800-273-8255 or local Mobile Crisis Region IV Mental Health Services  1-888-287-4443.   Additional Benefits Information MPS Benefit Summary Sheet

Application Process

Magnolia Regional Health Center participates and accepts applications through the ERAS (Electronic Residency Application Service) through the NRMP match process, along with an MRHC application. Eighteen (18 ) positions are offered at Magnolia Regional Health Center (6 per each year).

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Lindsey Bedford, DO  PGY 1

Dr. Bedford received her Medical Degree from A.T. Still University of Health Sciences Kirksville College of Osteopathic Medicine, Kirksville, Missouri.  She obtained a Bachelor of Science Degree in Biology from University of Wisconsin, Madison, Wisconsin.  Lindsey is a current member of the American Osteopathic Association, American College of Osteopathic Internists and American College of Physicians and in her spare time enjoys swimming, hiking, baking, reading, playing piano and attending sports events.

Research and Scholarly Activity

We are pleased to report that several of our internal medicine residents have presented at regional and national conferences around the country.  Although most have been done virtually this past AY, please see some of our previous presentations.

Residents are allotted a scholarly activity stipend that may be utilized toward such conferences each PGY year.

  • Scholarly activity funds are utilized to help residents pay for attendance to present posters and/or case abstracts at educational conferences, cost of posters and other materials needed.

Chief Resident Tara George presents at AAIM 2022

Some of our residents were excited for the opportunity for “live” presentations again at ACP Annual Abstract Day @UMMC –  and to meet up with old friends!

(L-R) Dr Chelsey Stewart, Dr Rami Saakan, Dr Bennett Davis, Dr Mary Avery Poole, Dr Abe Abdallah (alumni) and Dr Victor Camba

Dr. Aaron Brooks standing with presentation

Dr. Aaron Brooks presents at the 2019 American Thoracic Society National Conference

Dr. Heather Lusby with a presentation

Dr. Abe Abdallah presented a research poster at the 2019 American College of Gastroenterology Conference in San Antonio, TX.

Dr. Jared Mullins with a presentation

Dr. Heather Lusby, IM Residency alumna, presented a research poster at the Johns Hopkins HPVAA Conference


Dr. Jared Mullins with a presentation

Dr. Jared Mullins presents at the Alabama/Mississippi ACP Scientific Meeting


Dr. Sahar Jahan with a presentation

Dr. Sahar Jahan presents at the Alabama/Mississippi ACP Scientific Meeting


SMA 2019

Dr. Aaron Brooks, Dr. Dantwan Smith, Dr. Taylor Smith, and Dr. Jared Mullins presented research posters and participated in the oral presentation category (and won 1st and 2nd place) at the Southern Medical Association Meeting in 2019.


Dr. Daniel Griffin with a presentation

Dr. Daniel Griffin, IM Residency alumnus, presented a poster in the CLER Category at the national ACGME Conference.

Conferences and Publications

Our residents and faculty have presented at many conferences, and/or have been published in national journals, including the following and others:

  • ACP Mississippi Chapter Clinical Vignette –  “Cardizem induced reversible cardiogenic shock in thyroid storm”  Rami Sakaan, MD; Ahmed Abuawad, MD; Mary Avery Poole, DO; Vivek Menon, MD
  • AHA Resuscitation Science Symposium Lightning Round Oral Abstract presentation -“Mitral to Meninges: Aspergillus Endocarditis with Septic Emboli”   C. Taylor Smith, DO; Dantwan Smith, MD; Waqaar Arshad, DO
  • AHA Resuscitation Science Symposium Lightning Round Oral Abstract presentation – “Impella Device Success: Walking Home after Cardiogenci Shock From Ventricular Fibrillation”  C. Taylor Smith, DO; Vivek Menon, MD; Dantwan Smith, MD
  • BMJ Case Report – “Airway compromise from traumatic pneumothorax with sever subcutaneous emphysema”  C. Taylor Smith, DO; Waqaar Arshad, DO; Dantwan Smith, DO; Michael Dillenkofer OMS III
  • BMJ Case Report- “An Uncommon Cause of Pelvic Inflammatory Disease Leading to Toxic Shock Syndrome” Heather Lusby, DO; Aaron Brooks, DO; Eden Hamayoun, DO; Amanda Finley, DO
  • “The Physician Compensation Bubble” – Heather Lusby, DO; Seger. S. Morris, DO, MBA, FACOI
  •  ID Cases- Persistent bacteremia secondary to delayed identification of Lactobacillus in the setting of mitral valve endocarditis. Stroupe C, Pendley J, Isang E, Helms B. 2017;10:132-134. doi:10.1016/j.idcr.2017.10.002. PMID: 29181299
  • “Noonan Syndrome with Coronary Anomaly” Twohig, Nickerson, Prather. Congenital Diseases Case Report. European Journal of Cardiovascular Medicine. Vol 5, Issue 3, September 2017
  • Heart Rhythm Case Reports – A Novel Mapping and Ablation Strategy of the Mitral Isthmus using Intracardiac Echocardiography (ICE) in the Left Atrium
    Corresponding Author: Thomas Flautt, DO
    Co-authors: Alison Spangler, DO; John Prather, MD, PhD; David Lan, MD

Congratulations Internal Medicine Class of 2022!

L-R  Back Row    Conor Lingard, DO; Waqaar Arshad, DO; Brad Rentrop, MD; Rami Sakaan MD

L-R Front Row    Mary Avery Poole, DO; Sophia Thang, DO; Jennifer Lindsey, MD

WELCOME ~2022 Incoming Class of Internal Medicine Residents

For BIOS and to Meet our Residents 2022-2023 Meet our Internal Medicine Residents 2022-2023

Contact Us

Office of Graduate Medical Education

Jamie Hajek

Jamie Hajek

Internal Medicine Residency Coordinator

Division of Internal Medicine
Magnolia Regional Health Center
611 Alcorn Drive
Corinth, Ms. 38834
Office (662) 293-1143
Fax (662) 293-4347




Call (662) 293-1000