Health Sciences Center

Greer Psychiatry Residency Program

This new program will consider applicants beginning in September 2019.

The Greer Psychiatry Residency Program is a 4-year ACGME accredited training program with 8 residents per year at the Center for Psychiatry on the Greer Memorial Hospital campus in Greer, South Carolina.  The program is administered by a program director, associate PD,  and six additional core faculty, along with assistance from community physicians and licensed mental health care professionals.  

The focus of the Greer Psychiatry Residency Program is the training and retention of psychiatric physicians to address the current and ongoing provider shortages in this critical medical specialty, especially in rural areas of the Upstate. Integrating care with family medicine and other medical specialties, while partnering with community providers of mental health services, will improve access to psychiatric care and reduce utilization of emergency and inpatient services.   The fully integrated model, with primary care, employs telepsychiatry to consult in real time with rural practices.  There is also integration with other mental health care providers of social work, counseling, and psychology.  A dedicated data analyst for the training program assists with value-based decisions, performance management, quality improvement, and research activities. 


The program curriculum includes formal didactics for solid foundational knowledge in psychopathology and its treatment and comprehensive clinical experiences guided by a system of care philosophy that is culturally competent, community-based, individual and family focused.  The breadth of experience and inquiry-based approach is designed to develop the tools, comfort, and cognitive flexibility to adapt to rapid changes in health care.  Formulation from a biopsychosocial, cultural, spiritual, and developmental perspective is a key emphasis for clinical problem-solving and effective treatment.

With a total of 3,619 annual admissions and 35,356 emergency department visits annually, there is sufficient opportunity for emergency and inpatient consultation-liaison psychiatry training at the 70-bed acute care hospital. However, the psychiatry inpatient experience will also occur at nearby hospitals outside of the Prisma Health facilities to broaden perspective, encourage cooperation, and cross-fertilize best practices. 


In addition to family medicine and neurology, other rotations include community, addiction, geriatric, child and adolescent, reproductive, forensic, and administrative psychiatry.  Importantly residents have a continuous psychotherapy clinic for all four years of training. 


The physical location of the program is adjacent to the hospital with neurology and family medicine in a newly constructed and custom-designed medical facility exclusively for and dedicated to the teaching mission.  This residency enjoys the full support of its sponsoring institution, Prisma Health–Upstate and University of South Carolina School of Medicine Greenville. 

Program Director

Mark D. Kilgus, M.D., Ph.D. has been leading programs in psychiatry since 1995 after completing residency and fellowship training at the University of South Carolina and William S. Hall Psychiatric Institute.  He is currently Vice Chair for Clinical Affairs and Professor in the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Medicine, Prisma Health–Upstate/ University of South Carolina School of Medicine Greenville.  He is the former Chair of Psychiatry and Behavioral Medicine at Carilion Clinic and was a member of the Board of Governors.  He is founding chair and former tenured Professor at the Virginia Tech Carilion School of Medicine where he was an original member of the Admissions Committee and the Dean’s Leadership Team.   Dr. Kilgus established and directed child and adolescent inpatient services and the Child and Adolescent Psychiatry Training Program at Carilion Clinic where he participated in the education and training of medical students, residents and fellows in psychiatry, psychologists, social workers, counselors, nurses, and advanced clinical practitioners.   Previous professional homes include the University of South Carolina School of Medicine in Columbia, Frontier Health, Mountain States Health Alliance, James H. Quillen College of Medicine at East Tennessee State University, and Veterans Affairs Medical Centers in South Carolina and Michigan. He is an active member of the American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry and Christian Medical Dental Association.  The Southern Medical Association honored him as the 2012 recipient of the prestigious Distinguished Service Award.  He is conducting research on the integration of psychiatry with primary care, reactive attachment disorder in children, and adolescent substance abuse.  With the faculty at Virginia Tech Dr. Kilgus has authored both a textbook widely used in graduate and medical schools, Essential Psychopathology and Its Treatment, and a companion casebook to help teach clinical decision-making for mental health providers.