Internal Medicine Residency at Baptist Golden Triangle

Columbus, Mississippi

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

Training in our community-based program, residents benefit from more hands-on primary care and subspecialty experience through one-on-one work in clinical settings. Likewise, as part of the Baptist Memorial Health Care system, our Internal Medicine Residents will be fully prepared to practice medicine by mastering the required curricula, disciplines and technologies to succeed as an Internal Medicine doctor.

Baptist 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 curricula prepares residents to work with the Baptist Memorial Health Care Quality and Patient Safety Team to learn the Baptist Management System centered on:

  • Improved patient outcomes
  • Improved patient satisfaction
  • Decreased costs
  • With its small size and simplicity, our program also emphasizes flexibility as we focus on training and education.

About the Program

The Department of Internal Medicine at Baptist Golden Triangle 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 assume competency in the key domain and 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 which 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.

Residents complete two scholarly activities as part of their training. A mentor is assigned to guide the residents through one individual and one group project. The final projects may be presented at the State American College of Physicians meeting.

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

Benefits include health insurance, vision insurance, dental insurance, annual paid-time off and sick leave, fully funded meals, and professional leave for pre-approved meetings.

Baptist residents enjoy the small, selective nature of the Internal Medicine program where they can establish lifelong professional relationships with faculty and other residents.

View 2016-2017 Benefits Package.

How to Apply

The program calendar 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 class on July 1, 2018.

Minimum Criteria

Graduation from LCME or AOA school with:

  • USMLE Steps 1 and 2 scores 200 or above; Passing on Step 2 Clinical Skills.
  • COMLEX Steps 1 and 2 480 or above; Passing on COMLEX 2 Clinical Skills.
  • Will consider for application 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 Citizen or Permanent Resident Status (Green Card).
  • Graduation from medical school must be within last the 5 years.

For more information, contact

Department of Graduate Medical Education

Baptist Memorial Hospital-Golden Triangle

2520 5th Street, North

Columbus, MS 39705


Christopher Joseph LeBrun, MD

Christopher LeBrun, MD earned his Doctorate of Medicine from Tulane School of Medicine in 1993, followed by a fellowship with Walter Reed Army Medical Center.

A board-certified internal medicine physician with a subspecialty in nephrology, Dr. LeBrun has earned numerous honors and awards throughout his career, notably Teacher of the Year 2000 and 2001 for Internal Medicine and 2001 for Family Practice Residents Madigan Army Medical Center, The Meritorious Service Medal 2001 Madigan Army Medical Center, and the University of Mississippi Medical Center Internal Medicine Teacher of the Year 2005.

A physician leader dedicated to research, publishing and teaching, Dr. LeBrun also lectures. With over 20 years teaching experience, Dr. LeBrun currently teaches at Mississippi University for Women. He currently practices at Nephrology Associates, P.C. in Columbus and Starkville, Mississippi, and serves on both the Critical Care committee and Ethics committee at Baptist Golden Triangle.

Thomas Dunn, DO

Thomas Dunn, DO earned his Doctor of Osteopathic Medicine in 1999 from the University of Health Sciences in Kansas City, Missouri. Subsequent residency was completed at the University of Alabama, followed by a nephrology fellowship at the University of Mississippi Medical Center.

Board certified in both internal medicine and nephrology, Dr. Dunn is a member of the American Medical Association, the American Osteopathic Association, the American Society of Nephrology, the Renal Physician's Association and the National Kidney Foundation. Dr. Dunn maintains hospital privileges in Starkville, Macon, Louisville and at Baptist Golden Triangle in Columbus while seeing patients at his practice, Nephrology Associates located in Columbus and Starkville.

John J. King, MD, FACC

John J. King, MD earned his Doctor of Medicine from the University of Mississippi School of Medicine in 2003, followed by a residency in internal medicine and fellowships in cardiovascular disease and interventional cardiology.

Dr. King is board-certified in internal medicine, cardiovascular disease, interventional cardiology and a Fellow of the American College of Cardiology. As an interventional cardiologist, he currently treats patients at Baptist Medical Group – Columbus Cardiovascular Care as well as serving as the Director of the Cardiac Catheterization Laboratory at Baptist Golden Triangle. He also serves at the Chairman of the Cardiovascular Committee and is a member of the Performance Improvement Committee-MS HC Alliance.

Professional memberships include the Mississippi State Medical Association, the American College of Cardiology and the Society of Cardiovascular Angiography and Intervention.

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 in Aberdeen, West Point, Starkville, Louisville and Macon. He currently practices at Baptist Golden Triangle in Columbus.

A leader in the physician community, Dr. Reed has held multiple hospital staff appointments at Baptist Golden Triangle, with present appointments as such: Chairman, Pharmacy & Therapeutics committee, Member, Pharmacy & Therapeutics committee, Medical Director, Performance Improvement Committee, BMHGT Medical Director of Hospitalist Program, Staff Hospitalist Baptist, and Chief Medical Officer.

With substantial research, teaching, speaking and publishing to his 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 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.

Richard (Ricky) Leake Johnston, MD

Ricky Johnston, MD earned his Doctor of Medicine from the University of Mississippi School of Medicine in 2002, specializing in gastroenterology. Board-certified in gastroenterology and internal medicine, Dr. Johnston is licensed to practice in Mississippi.During his training, he served in many roles, including Chief Resident at the University of Mississippi Medical Center and as a gastroenterology fellow with the University of Miami-Jackson Memorial Hospital.

He is active in many organizations including the American Society of Gastrointestinal Endoscopy, American College of Gastroenterology, American Gastroenterology Association, American College of Physicians and the American Medical Association. Matthew J. Wade, MD A board-certified internal medicine doctor, Matthew Wade, MD earned his Doctor of Medicine in 2005 from Ross University School of Medicine. Serving as The Hospitalist Department Chairman/Co Chairman from 2009 to 2015 at Baptist Golden Triangle, Dr. Wade continues working as a hospitalist at the hospital. Active in many roles, Dr. Wade currently serves as the physician lead for a system-wide Stroke Consensus team to standardize stroke care in all 16 Baptist hospitals. In the recent past, he has been instrumental in working to standardize care for stroke, pneumonia and sepsis.

Meghan D. Gilleland, MD

Meghan D. Gilleland, MD is a licensed physician in the District of Columbia and Virginia. She completed her undergraduate degree at The College of William and Mary, followed by a Doctor of Medicine from Eastern Virginia Medical School. She is board-certified in internal medicine.

As the Ambulatory Chief Medical Resident at Georgetown University Hospital, Dr. Gilleland coordinated the clinical schedules for residents, led weekly discussions and lectures with residents and served as the inpatient ward attending at the D.C. Veterans Affairs Medical Center.

She currently is in private practice with Baptist Medical Group in Columbus, MS and is an active member of the American College of Physicians.

Ryu Peter Hambrook 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 UK, Dr. Tofts completed an Internal Medicine Internship and Residency at Cleveland Clinic Hospital in Weston, Florida.

An author of many publication articles and abstracts, Dr. Tofts 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.