NEA Baptist Internal Medicine Residency Program

The NEA Baptist Internal Medicine Residency Program trains residents on a highly focused, tailored program led by experienced teaching faculty who encourage a dynamic learning environment. Although our program is newly accredited, most of our teaching staff have years of teaching experience in Graduate Medical Education.

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 internal medicine doctors.

NEA 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 systems curriculum prepares residents to work with the Baptist Memorial Health Care Quality and Patient Safety Team to learn the Baptist Management System, which is centered on:

  • People (Improved patient outcomes)
  • Purpose (Improved patient satisfaction)
  • Process (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 NEA Baptist Memorial Hospital in Jonesboro, Arkansas, 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 ensure competency in the key domains, as 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 that employs, educates and serves our community.

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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. Both approaches have specific advantages, but Baptist chose to utilize the community-based format as it better supports our system-based values of compassionate care and service; teamwork and trust; innovation and excellence; respect for the individual and the value of diversity.


Residents are required to complete at least two scholarly activities during their residency periods: one individual project and one as a group. To support this effort, each resident will be assigned a faculty mentor experienced in the completion of published works. These mentors will provide guidance and structure as each resident will progress through a modified Plan-Do-Study-Act (PDSA) cycle. Projects will be presented at the local or regional American College of Physicians meeting and within the Baptist system.


Medical students have the opportunity to rotate through a clinical service at NEA Baptist. For more information about clinical rotations, please contact Krysha Harmon at:

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Benefits include Baptist-funded health, vision, and dental insurance, annual paid-time off and sick leave, fully funded meals, Wellness Center membership and professional leave for pre-approved meetings. NEA Baptist Jonesboro provides a moving allowance as an additional benefit. Our residents enjoy the small, selective nature of the internal medicine program, where they can establish lifelong professional relationships with faculty and other residents.

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How to Apply

The program academic 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 their residency periods on July 1.

Program Requirements 

Minimum Criteria for NEA Baptist Jonesboro

  • Graduation from an LCME or AOA school with:
    • USMLE Steps 1 and 2 scores 200 or above; with no more than two attempts on Step 2; Passing on Step 2 Clinical Skills
    • COMLEX Steps 1 and 2 450 or above; with no more than two attempts on Level 2; Passing on Level 2 Clinical Skills
    • Will consider application for students with Step 2 Scores pending
  • International graduates must have ECFMG certificate and have passed USMLE, as above
  • US citizens
  • Must have graduated from medical school within the past five years

For more information, contact

Department of Graduate Medical Education
NEA Baptist Memorial Hospital
4800 E. Johnson Avenue
Jonesboro, AR 72401

Contact Us

NEA Baptist Internal Medicine Residency Program
4800 E. Johnson Avenue
Jonesboro, AR 72401


Our Faculty

Our faculty are all part of our multi-specialty physician group, NEA Baptist Clinic; offering more than 100 physicians in 35 specialties. NEA Baptist Clinic is part of the NEA Baptist Memorial Hospital integrated health care system, offering care at our medical campus in Jonesboro and throughout the northeast Arkansas region.

Program Director
Michael Mackey, MD, FACP

Michael Mackey, MDMichael G. Mackey, MD, FACP, is a graduate of the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences. He completed his residency in Internal Medicine as well as his fellowship in Nephrology at the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences – Medical Center Hospital/VA Hospital. He began teaching in Internal Medicine in 1976 and continues to serve as faculty for UAMS. From 1981-2006, Dr. Mackey served as the Director of the UAMS/AHEC program in Jonesboro. He is the founding physician of his private practice Nephrology clinic, now part of NEA Baptist Clinic, where he continues to serve on the Board of Directors. In addition to maintaining his board certification in both Internal Medicine and Nephrology, Dr. Mackey was named “Nephrologist of the Year” in 2004 by the Arkansas Kidney Foundation and named the Robert S. Abernathy Laureate of the Arkansas Chapter of the American College of Physicians (ACP) in September 2018.  The Laureate Award is the local chapter’s highest honor. He enjoys flying airplanes and photography.

Learn more about Michael Mackey, MD, FACP

Core Faculty

NEA Internal Medicine Residency Program Residents