Family Medicine Residency

EC HealthNet Family Health Center is a family medicine residency clinic that offers a convenient solution for the entire family including children and infants.


Our clinic is part of the EC Health Network Family Medicine Residency Program and provides an opportunity for residents to gain experience with patients in a continuity clinic setting while the residents rotate through many different specialty rotations throughout the 3-year residency program. One of the many benefits of choosing a resident as a primary care physician is that they can treat patients in the clinic and continue care if that patient is admitted to the hospital. The Family Medicine Residency Clinic is the only family medicine clinic in this area that offers this benefit.


Services offered in our clinic are as follows:

• Acute Care

• Compressive Care from birth-nursing home

• Chronic Care

• Continuous continuity of Care

• Preventative health/wellness

• Women’s Health

• Physicals (adults and children)

• Minor procedures

• Newborn and Pediatric services

• Home-Visits



The Clinic is located at 905c South Frontage Rd.

Meridian, MS 39301


Clinic Hours

8:00am - 5:00pm Monday, Tuesday, Thursday & Friday

8:00am - 12:00pm Wednesday



To Schedule an appointment call 601.482.4955



Our Program


EC-HealthNet Family Medicine Residency will provide the residents with a comprehensive and well-structured cognitive and clinical education that will enable them to become competent board- certified family medicine physicians, who are able to provide high quality patient care to the community, and to relieve the regional and national physician shortage.


EC-HealthNet Family Medicine Residency will offer the residents training opportunities in rural Mississippi communities that will give them not only the knowledge but the confidence to practice rural medicine in small towns with limited access to care.

The program will accept applications through ERAS (Electronic Residency Application Service) and participates in the National Matching Program.


EC-HealthNet Family Medicine Residency Program offers a structured curriculum with supervision of the resident facilitating ethical, professional and personal development, while ensuring safe and appropriate care for patients. Family Medicine Residents will be exposed to excellent education rotations combining teaching, clinical service, compassionate patient care, and research. Progressive supervision of residents by qualified faculty/preceptors and adherence to proper working conditions and duty hours shall be in compliance with the standards and requirements.



EC-HealthNet Family Medicine Residency offers the following curriculum in each year of residency:

EC-HealthNet Family Medicine Residency will provide residents with ethical, professional, and educational backgrounds in which the curricular requirements, as well as the relevant requirements for the residents’ work environment, scholarly activities, and competencies can be achieved.


EC-HealthNet Family Medicine Residency is committed to keep the right balance between education and service, as evidenced by work hour schedules inclusive of academic and research opportunities and attendance at clinical training and educational activities.


EC-HealthNet Family Medicine Residency is committed to our residents with an effective curriculum that includes seminars, teaching lectures by the faculty and visiting lecturers, continuous case conferences, journal clubs, and individual supervision. The program offers a difficult air-way course (RCAM a practical guide to managing airways in the rural setting) that is followed up with a cadaver lab where residents practice skills with hands on training from local physicians and Sam Marshall (author of the curriculum). The program also offers an Electrocardiography Course for family physicians (The Essentials) taught by Dr Tom Milhorn (author of the curriculum).

Program Benefits

Salary Package

PGY1                   $44,000

PGY2                   $45,000

PGY3                   $46,000

In addition to salary, EC-HealthNet provides


Health Insurance

Dental Insurance

Vision Insurance

Life Insurance

Medical Mal-Practice

Individual Medical Insurance

State License Fees

DEA Fees

Membership Dues

Educational Stipend

Conference Registration Fees (PGY3)

Required Course Fees

 Residents will also have the option to purchase benefits including:

Long-term disability

Short-term disability

Cancer Policy

A Message From Our Director

EC-HealthNet Family Medicine Residency Program was founded on the principle to teach family medicine physicians to meet the critical need for patient care within rural settings.  The program's teaching methods and training curricula are designed to provide residents with the skills and knowledge necessary to succeed and flourish as primary care providers.


Our program began as a joint mission of several local health organizations, including Rush Foundation Hospital and Anderson Regional Medical Center.  Under the consortium model, we offer many unique training opportunities which include the following


• Exposure to inpatient medicine through a resident inpatient service


• Experience in long term care through nursing home patients


• Critical access hospitals that provide education in critical access emergency care


• Exposure to rehab protocols within a swing-bed setting


 • Training in care of long-term critically ill patients within an LTAC facility


• Outpatient medical management and care within the EC HealthNet Family Health Center where we

   manage patients from birth to geriatrics.


Our residents also work side by side with multiple community preceptors to have one on one experience managing medical issues in areas including cardiac care, emergency room care, surgical care, orthopedics, pulmonary medicine, nephrology, obstetrics and gynecology, and psychiatric care.  The residents also have multiple didactic courses including an emergent airway course and an electrocardiogram course.  The curriculum is tailored to provide residents with knowledge and confidence to work within the rural setting.


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


If you have any further questions regarding our program, please feel free to contact us to schedule a site visit or clinical rotation.





Dr. Sarah Grabmiller

Program Director

Residents / Faculty

What is a Resident?


The physicians in our program have all finished medical (allopathic or osteopathic) school and are all licensed physicians. This program provides these physicians with three additional years of training to reinforce their specialty and subspecialty education and allows them to become board-certified physicians through the American Board of Family Medicine or the American Osteopathic Board for Family Physicians.  The residents are supervised and have access to many faculty/preceptors in each specialty of medicine.


Meet Our Residents


William Brown, DO

William Carey University College

of Osteopathic Medicine

Jennifer Geiger, DO

William Carey University College

of Osteopathic Medicine

Elena Louie, DO

Alabama College of Osteopathic Medicine

Zeke Nichols, MD

University of Alabama School of Medicine

Minh Pham, MD

University of Mississippi School of Medicine

Areej Tariq, MD

Army Medical College


Claire Harper

Trinity School of Medicine

Daniel Kahkshooy

Ross University School of Medicine Dominica

Ronnie Naramore

Alabama College of Osteopathic Medicine

Brody LeBlanc

William Carey University College

of Osteopathic Medicine

Dennis Matthews

American University of Antigua

College of Medicine

Andalib Danandeh

University of Mississippi Medical Center


Leslie Rutkowski

Alabama College of Osteopathic Medicine

Danielle Parker

University of Mississippi Medical Center

Jennifer Ashley

William Carey University College

of Osteopathic Medicine

Robin Conley

Alabama College of Osteopathic Medicine

Lindsey McCormick

William Carey University College

of Osteopathic Medicine

Jason Brown

American University of Antigua

College of Medicine

Meet Our Staff

Dr. James Lee Valentine

Dr. Sarah D. Grabmiller

Dr. Carey Bradshaw

Dr. Tom Milhorn

Dr. Jay Johnston


How many months of Inpatient Service for Interns?


4 full months of adult inpatient care and 2 weeks of pediatric inpatient care.


Do residents follow Nursing Home patients?


Yes, the residents are assigned patients at a local nursing facility and residents are required to follow them monthly or as needed at their own schedule.


What type of Community Outreach is available at EC-HealthNet?


The residents participate in many local community events both healthcare and community related.  The residents conduct monthly educational programs with the local free clinic as "A Healthy You", sports physicals with all local schools, health awareness campaigns, homeless coalition, food pantry, local church organizations and health fairs. There are many volunteer opportunities with the local boy scouts, sheriff department, trauma region and the State Health Department campaigns.


What is Systems Management?


The week prior to and the week of Christmas, all residents attend daily lectures that cover such topics as resident wellness- mental and physical, billing and coding, financing homes, student loan re-payment, practice options, contract negotiations, banking and finance for physicians, financial planning, lectures from EC-HealthNet Alumni- "Life After Residency", skills labs- suturing, casting, OMT, ultrasound


What changes will the program undergo in the next 3 years?

Osteopathic recognition through the ACGME


What is the Didactic Schedule?


Didactics is on Wednesday Afternoon 12:00-5:00 and includes physician lectures, journal club, case presentation, board review study questions, grand rounds monthly. There are skills labs included in the didactic schedule throughout the year.


What is the area like and is there to do outside of residency?


Meridian has a small town feel with all the amenities you would expect in a larger town.

Meridian is centrally located with an airport and easy access (2-4 hours) from the beach- Gulf Shores AL, Biloxi MS, New Orleans LA, Birmingham AL.

Residents enjoy attending entertainment at the Riley Center, the Mississippi Arts and Entertainment Experience, the Meridian Symphony, the Meridian Little Theatre

and there are many outdoor activities such as Bonita Lakes-  Please visit


What benefits beyond the salary package are included?


The base salary is just that- many benefits are reimbursed to the resident instead of included in the salary.  The program reimburses the resident for medical license, DEA registration, Board Exams, Study Materials- per year, lab coats, conference registration-travel-lodging (upon approval).



How Much Family/Personal time do residents get?


27 days total... The program allows sick days and FMLA according to ACGME regulations.  EC-HealthNet is a family friendly environment.



Where do most residents live?


Meridian and surrounding area.  Most of the residents choose to live in Meridian or Lauderdale County. There are many housing options from apartments, duplex housing, rental houses and some residents have chosen to purchase a home.  We have contacts with local realtors and bankers to help residents in the housing market.  There are many housing options in the surrounding counties also- Newton, Philadelphia, Dekalb, Enterprise, Quitman and West Lauderdale.



What are the benefits of being an “unopposed hospital?”


There are no other residency programs in the region, so the residents have one-to-one learning opportunities with preceptors.  The program hosts medical students on 3rd and 4th year medical school rotations and there are nursing programs at the local colleges so other learners are present within the health systems. The residents get hands on training and medial knowledge which enhances the education experience on rotations.



What Moon-Lighting opportunities are available?


EC-HealthNet residents are encouraged to moon-light and have several options available for this experience.  The residents volunteer at The Free Clinic of Meridian which serves a niche patient population in the region.  The residents are allowed to work in urgent care clinics and emergency departments of local hospitals and critical access hospitals in the region.  The residents are signed off in their PGY-2 and PGY-3 year to work according to knowledge and experience and upon license and DEA registration.




How are faculty-resident interactions?


EC-HealthNet faculty and residents work together in many areas of the program, from rules and regulations, to protocols, mock codes and research.  EC-HealthNet began as an AOA accredited program but has since completed accreditation through ACGME.  This new accreditation has brought about many changes and resident input has been valuable as they have a better understanding of the rotations and what improvements will enhance the educational experience.



What do residents do for fun?


The residents gather on occasion for cook-outs and art projects. Meridian has several athletic organizations, Young Professionals of Meridian, The Meridian Theatre, The Riley Center, The Mississippi Arts and Entertainment Center, Bonita Lakes.  There are many opportunities for concerts, art and dining experiences.  EC-HealthNet sponsors a Christmas Party and Crawfish Boil each year for residents and their families.


Criteria for Applications through MATCH


EC-HealthNet does not sponsor visa.


Applications are only accepted through ERAS.


Applicants must have a minimum of 3 letters of recommendation.


Applicants must have graduated medical school within the last 3 years.


FMG applicants must have completed at least 50% of their medical school rotations in the US.


FMG applicants must have passed Step 1, 2 and CE Exams. (no more than 6 combined attempts)


FMG applicants must be ECFMG certified. 



How To Apply

Only electronic applications via the

Electronic Residency Application Service (ERAS)

are reviewed for interview invitations.


All PGY-1 positions are selected through the

National Resident Matching Program (NRMP)


The East Central Mississippi Health Network, Inc

 NRMP number is 1202700560.


No visa sponsorships available



905c South Frontage Rd.

Meridian, MS 39301


 +1 (601) - 484-2793

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