New Emergency Medicine Residency Began July 2017!
Emergency Medicine was recognized as a full academic department under the Health Sciences Center in 2014 and, following an extensive national search, Scott M. Sasser, MD was named the founding Chair. In 2017, Dr. Sasser was promoted to take on the role as a regional chief medical officer for the health system while still maintaining an active role within the department. Dr. Matt Bitner, who was our founding Vice Chair of Medical Staff Affairs and Quality, has taken the helms as chair, continuing our department’s leadership in transforming regional and national emergency care.
Our three-year residency program includes 10 residents per year with unparalleled exposure to critical care, pediatrics and community emergency medicine. In addition, residents rotate through multiple medical and surgical subspecialties with dedicated experiences in emergency medical services, ultrasound, toxicology and emergency department administration. Residents are required to perform scholarly activities that promote the specialty and further transform healthcare delivery in the Upstate of South Carolina. Special thanks go to GHS, USC School of Medicine Greenville and the Health Sciences Center leadership for their support of Emergency Medicine at GHS.
Emergency Medicine at USCSOMG and GHS
I had a wonderful opportunity to sit down with Camiron Pfennig, MD, recently and discuss the progress and future of the Emergency Medicine residency program that will be coming to Greenville Health System (GHS) and the University of South Carolina School of Medicine Greenville (USCSOMG) very soon.
Dr. Pfennig is a board-certified Emergency Medicine physician who will be the Program Director for this new residency program.
M: What other things are you all trying to consider as you start this residency?
DP: I think there is some diversity of experience here. We have the environment when you start to think about where we live. You’ve got mountains. You’ve got colleges. You’ve got some rural experience. You’ve got a growing city that’s up and coming to meet the needs of the growing population.
M: Any advice for people applying to EM, here and other places?
DP: …Similar to the charter class here. You all came in and took that risk. You knew there would be some bumps in the road, and you get that self-selected group of students that just shine. I’m hoping that we’re as blessed to have that self-selected group of residents that wants to blaze a trail.