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Southwest Health Family Medicine
Residency Program
A Message form Our Program Director

Welcome to Southwest Health System Family Medicine Residency Program. I welcome your interest in our residency program. We are excited that you chose training in family medicine and will join a specialty that is vibrant and in much demand. The members of our team find the work of training family practitioners personally and professionally fulfilling.

Southwest Health is anchored by its hospital and clinics. Southwest Mississippi Regional Medical Center has been providing care for patients in southwest Mississippi and bordering Louisiana parishes since 1969. The communities served are primarily rural. This gives our residents the opportunity to learn and experience the challenges associated with the practice of rural family medicine.

Southwest Mississippi Regional Medical Center is a well-equipped and modern hospital along with our experienced specialists and staff, gives our residents exposure to most all medical specialties. This leads to a commitment to provide high quality primary care and the training of excellent family physicians.

Finally, our mission and our program is built on a family environment that provides residents with not only academic support to grow in the field of family medicine but also the social and well-being support needed to succeed as they begin the next chapter in their medical careers.

As you consider residency programs, we are confident as a new program that you will find ours to be one striving for excellence, one that prepares graduates well for practice of family medicine in rural and urban settings. Please come visit with us and see for yourself.

J. Keith Speed, DO, MS Program Director
Our Mission
  • Expertly train rural Mississippi’s future family medicine physician workforce in an atmosphere of support, respect, and compassion.
  • Educate and train culturally diverse residents to care for and meet the healthcare needs of all people in southwest Mississippi or other rural areas.
  • Model professionalism, inclusivity, and compassion in all aspects of the training of our residents and the care of the patients we serve.
To Generate Measurable Benefits for:
  • The Community
  • The Medical Staff
  • The Employee
  • The Hospital
  • and most importantly, THE PATIENT