Internal Medicine Residency Program

​Thank you for your interest in the St. Bernards Medical Center Internal Medicine Residency Program. We are committed to excellence in training with the utilization of evidence based medicine for diagnostic and treatment options and providing quality patient care.

Our academically rigorous training program and emphasis on clinical practice provides the foundation required for lifelong learning, professional growth and achievement of goals. This ideal training environment enables our graduates to pursue a career in clinical medicine or continue training in a subspecialty of internal medicine.

The Internal Medicine Residency Clinic is now open on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 12pm - 5pm by appointment only. It is located at 800 S. Church, Suite 202. 

Program Curriculum

Our didactic curriculum includes: daily morning report & Friday  lectures, case presentation, attending lectures, grand rounds, morbidity & mortality, tissue and tumor, Osteopathic Manipulative Medicine (OMM) lab and lecture, journal club, resident lecture, research opportunities and an ambulatory care clinic experience.

The SBRMC IM Program, with osteopathic focus, is fully accredited by the AOA. Our program is in the process of applying for Accreditation Council of Graduate Medical Education (ACGME) accreditation.

Application Process

St. Bernards Medical Center participates and accepts applications through the ERAS (Electronic Residency Application Service). Twenty Four (24) positions are offered at St. Bernards Medical Center 8 per each year.

Required Information for Application

Letters of Recommendation: At least three (3) letters of recommendation that attest to your personal qualifications and to your scholastic and clinical ability.
Transcripts/Diploma: A copy of your most recent medical school transcript should be included in your application.

Interview Process

Upon receipt of the completed application, our selection committee will review all materials. Invitations for interviews will be offered via e-mail or phone.


  • Board certified ACOI Program Director and Assistant Director
  • Salary: $50K, $51K, $52K
  • CME funding each year
  • Paid malpractice with tail coverage
  • Disability Insurance
  • Health insurance (medical and dental) for resident and family
  • Paid time off
  • Moving allowance for residents
  • Meals provided at St. Bernards for residents
  • Discounted rate to Health and Wellness Center
  • 24hr in-house teaching with hospitalist programsidency-program

St. Bernards Medical Center

  • St. Bernards is a 438-bed Hospital located in the heart of Jonesboro, Arkansas.
  • We serve as a regional referral center for 23 counties in Northeast Arkansas and Southeast Missouri and over 638,000 people.
  • Our mission is to provide Christ-like healing to the community through education, treatment and health services.
  • In 2013, 2014 & 2015, St. Bernards Medical Center was named one of “Arkansas Best Places to Work” by Arkansas Business.
  • The most technologically advanced health care facility in our region. Our technology rivals hospitals in Memphis, TN, Dallas, TX and Little Rock, AR.

About Jonesboro

  • Jonesboro is a wonderful place to raise a family.
  • It serves as the commercial, social and cultural center of Northeast Arkansas with a population just over 70,000.
  • Jonesboro offers the conveniences of a big city within a setting of acres of state parks, golf courses and inviting forests and lakes. And, if you are an outdoorsman northeast Arkansas is the Mecca for hunting, fishing, canoeing, watersports, easy access to the Ozark Mountains, and most other outdoor adventures.
  • Jonesboro is a family oriented community with six different award winning public school systems and four private schools.
  • Home to Arkansas State University with more than 14,000 students from around the world.
  • Home to the first Osteopathic Medical School in the state of Arkansas, the New York Institute of Technology’s College of Osteopathic Medicine at A-STATE is a 4 year osteopathic medical school on the A-STATE campus with 115 students per class.

Residency Contacts

Veryl D. Hodges, D.O., FACOI
Internal Medicine Program Director

Benjamin L. Shaw, D.O., FACOI
Internal Medicine Associate Program Director 

Rachel Speer Haddock
Internal Medicine Residency Coordinator