Get to know Dr. Ben Billingsley, categorical intern for the internal medicine residency program. A native Mississippian, Ben shares about his background, path to medicine, and why he chose to train at UMMC.
Tell us about you.
I was born in Memphis, TN, but I grew up in Senatobia, MS. I attended Mississippi State University (home of the 2021 NCAA baseball national champs) for undergrad. Following graduation, I worked as a quality engineer in Memphis for nearly a year and a half. I then attended medical school in Auburn, AL, where I met my future wife who is now a Pediatrics intern at UMMC. I enjoy spending time with my family, time on the lake, watching and playing sports, grilling/cooking, and eating just about anything I can get my hands on.
Why did you choose UMMC for residency?
Serving my home state has always been a dream of mine. During residency interview season, I was thrilled to get the opportunity to interview with UMMC. I felt “at home” during my interview, and I knew the program would provide the caliber of training necessary to help me achieve my personal and professional goals. Also, there is something to be said about the Southern charm and hospitality that exists within this state and within this program.
What could you give a 40 minute presentation on with absolutely no preparation?
Mississippi State athletics or good BBQ
What are some small things that make your day better?
A surprise phone call from my family or friends, a mid-day cup of coffee, getting to spend time outdoors, when all the socks in the dryer have a mate, watching a movie/TV show with Elizabeth
What profession would you have chosen if you weren’t a physician?
A cattle rancher. Both of my grandfathers were in the agriculture industry back in north MS, and my dad and uncles now have herds of their own. I always make time to go check on the cows whenever I visit my parents in Tate County.