Internal Medicine Residency

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Conference Schedule

TitleTimeDaysDescriptionSupervision
Morning Report 8:00 am Monday-Friday (exception Thursday)

The night team Interns will present an overnight admission. The supervising Resident would also participate in the presentation.

PD, APD or at least one core faculty
Core Lecture 12 Noon to 1:00 pm Monthly

Conducted in each of the following specialties: Primary Care, Nephrology, Neurology, Cardiology, GI, Pulmonology, Endocrinology, Rheumatology, Hematology, Oncology and Infectious Disease

Grand Rounds 12 Noon to 1:00 pm Thursday

Via broadcast from UAMS. Provides 1 hour CME sessions for the Department of Medicine. House staff attendance mandatory.

Tumor Board Tuesday

Two cases will be presented. The initial admitting Intern will be responsible for presenting the history and physical during Tumor Board. The current Resident on Hem/Onc will be responsible for IM discussion of the case with support from Oncology, Radiology, Pathology and Primary Care.

Mortality and Morbidity Monthly

Attended by PD and the respective Attending involved in the case that is presented. House Staff participation is mandatory.

Research Lecture Introductory lecture at beginning of year, then quarterly sessions.

Each house staff has an opportunity to briefly present their protocol/project.

Journal Club 12 Noon to 1:00 pm Monthly

Residents choose 2-3 articles and then discuss them with the Attending. One article is chosen and presented as per the AMA journal club presentation guidelines.

Attending
Introductory Lecture Series 12 Noon to 1:00 pm First five weeks

Conducted instead of the traditional morning reports on key call-coverage topics including fluid management, electrolyte management, vent management, blood sugar management etc.

Geriatrics, Ethics and Palliative Care Four weeks

Supervised rotation which includes 4.5 hours of didactics each week.

Board Certified Geriatricians
Quality Improvement Monthly

A Resident presents a case which is a near miss or in which an adverse event happened/could have happened, and there is a discussion involving root cause analysis and steps to prevent similar morbidity/mortality in the future.

Board Review 12 Noon to 1:00 pm Thursday

Medstudy and MKSAP are used as the teaching tools for the board review sessions.

At least one Attending

Morgan Norton

Associate Program Director
Internal Medicine

Machel Germain

Chief Resident
Hospital Medicine

Anthony Kunnumpurath

Chief Resident
Hospital Medicine

K. Raman Desikan

Core Faculty
Hematology/Oncology

Kalyan Gonugunta

Core Faculty
Hospital Medicine

Anil Kumar

Core Faculty
Hospital Medicine

Caleb Oster

Core Faculty
Hospital Medicine

Roger Hill


Cardiology

Krishna Kakkera


Critical Care Medicine, Pulmonology

Doreen Kamoga


Internal Medicine

Nathan McLaughlin


Internal Medicine

Devi Nair


Cardiology/Electrophysiology

Jyothi Prabha


Internal Medicine, Sleep Medicine

Robert Walton


Internal Medicine

Gilbert Roy Kamoga

Program Director
Hospital Medicine, Internal Medicine

How to Apply

Positions are offered through the National Residency Matching Program (NRMP). All applications must be submitted through the Electronic Residency Application Service®.

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White River Health System (WRHS) does not have minimum requirements for graduation year or USMLE scores.

Our Graduates

The goal of the WRHS Internal Medicine Residency Program is to provide residents with quality education through access to a professional learning environment, as well as provide them with an engaging community experience. WRHS Residents will train in a community and hospital that are vibrant and relational while still enjoying the benefits of training with a recognized academic medical center and its vast resources. WRHS worked diligently to develop a high quality, innovative, and unique Graduate Medical Education program. Residents at WRHS, under the daily supervision of an outstanding faculty, develop the skills to provide excellent medical care to patients from diverse backgrounds. 

We wish our residents the best in their professional careers. Our graduates and their last known professional career locations are listed below.

Machel Germain, MD

Chief Resident & Faculty, WRHS Internal Medicine Residency Program
Batesville, Arkansas

Lili Hanefeld-Fox, MD

Hospitalist, St. Francis Hospital
Memphis, Tennessee

Rebecca Heflin, MD

Critical Care Hospitalist, Our Lady of the Lake Regional Medical Center
Baton Rouge, Louisiana

Bryan Huang, MD

Academic Nocturnist, John Hopkins University Suburban Hospital
Bethesda, Maryland

Lissette Jimenez, MD

Hospitalist & Faculty, Sparrow Health Systems Internal Medicine Residency Program
Lansing, Michigan

Doreen Kamoga, MD

Core Faculty & Outpatient Clinic Preceptor, Primary Care Provider, White River Health System
Batesville, Arkansas

Anthony Kunnumpurath, MD

Core Faculty & Outpatient Clinic Preceptor, Primary Care Provider, White River Health System
Batesville, Arkansas

Ron Thomas Varghese, MD

Endocrinology Fellowship, National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases, National Institute of Health
Bethesda, Maryland

Chief Residents- 2

Fellowship Matched- 1

Hospitalists- 3

Nocturnists- 1

Internal Medicine Providers- 1

Writing informative healthcare articles for area residents is a very fruitful and rewarding aspect of the White River Health System Internal Medicine Residency program. One of the key components of our residency curriculum is community outreach. We believe in prioritizing resident physicians developing competent clinical skills, and  in helping them understand the importance of talking to their patients and reaching out to their community. A significant issue in our society today is the rise in a mistrust of science. While the reasoning is multifactorial, a lack of evident outreach from the medical community may contribute to the uncertainty between providers and patients. Our hope with this project is to play our part in alleviating the spread of misinformation and allow our residents to earn the trust of our community.

All of our residents are accepting patients at the WRMC Internal Medicine Clinic.

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Dr. Eddie Liu on Colon Cancer

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Dr. Eddie Liu is a 3rd-year Internal Medicine resident at White River Medical Center. He was born and raised in Tennessee and received his MD from East   Tennessee State University.

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Rotations are on a 4+1 block schedule wtih a four week rotation followed by a one week continuity clinic.

Post-Graduate Year - 1

Rotation NameParticipating SiteLength of RotationClassification
Internal Medicine WardsWhite River Medical Center20 weeksInpatient
Continuity ClinicWhite River Medical Center10 weeksOutpatient
ElectiveWhite River Medical Center2 weeksElective (Holiday Rotation)
NeurologyWhite River Medical Center4 weeksInpatient/Outpatient
RheumatologyWhite River Medical Center4 weeksInpatient/Outpatient
Pulmonary DiseaseWhite River Medical Center4 weeksInpatient/Outpatient
Hematology/OncologyWhite River Medical Center4 weeksInpatient/Outpatient
CardiologyWhite River Medical Center4 weeksInpatient/Outpatient

Post-Graduate Year - 2

Rotation NameParticipating SiteLength of RotationClassification
Internal Medicine WardsWhite River Medical Center12 weeksInpatient
Continuity ClinicWhite River Medical Center10 weeksOutpatient
ElectiveWhite River Medical Center10 weeksElective (2 week Holiday Rotation)
Critical CareUAMS Medical Center*8 weeksCritical Care
GeriatricsUAMS Medical Center*4 weeksInpatient/Outpatient
GastroenterologyUAMS Medical Center*4 weeksInpatient/Outpatient
Night FloatWhite River Medical Center4 weeksInpatient

Post-Graduate Year - 3

Rotation NameParticipating SiteLength of RotationClassification
Internal Medicine WardsWhite River Medical Center8 weeksInpatient
Continuity ClinicWhite River Medical Center10 weeksOutpatient
ElectiveWhite River Medical Center10 weeksElective (2 week Holiday Rotation)
Critical CareUAMS Medical Center*4 weeksCritical Care
EndocrinologyUAMS Medical Center*2 weeksInpatient/Outpatient
Infectious DiseasesUAMS Medical Center*4 weeksInpatient/Outpatient
Night FloatWhite River Medical Center6 weeksInpatient
NephrologyUAMS Medical Center*4 weeksInpatient/Outpatient
Emergency MedicineUAMS Medical Center*4 weeksEmergency Medicine

*Housing will be provided at no cost to the Resident during rotations performed at UAMS Medical Center.

Salary & Benefits

PGY LevelAnnual Salary
Program Year 1 (PGY-1) $ 51,000.00
Program Year 2 (PGY-2) $ 52,500.00
Program Year 3 (PGY-3) $ 54,000.00

Benefits

  • Health Insurance
  • Dental Insurance
  • Life Insurance
  • Vision Insurance
  • Disability Insurance
  • WRMC Cafeteria Discount & Access to Physician Lounge
  • Flexible Spending Account