Why I chose Greenville: I was lucky enough to have spent the past four years here in Greenville for medical school. I went into the residency application process with some fairly large biases: 1) I LOVED my experience here during medical school and 2) my husband is two years behind me in his medical education here in Greenville. My husband and I agreed that I would enter the process with an open mind to make sure I ended up at the right program for the kind of doctor I wanted to be. I wanted to find a program that had both an academically focused environment with a community feel. I wanted to find a hospital that had a patient-centered approach and evidence of ongoing improvement. The attendings needed to be approachable and engaged in resident education. I knew I wanted to practice outpatient primary care, so I needed a program that had a strong clinic experience. But most of all, the residents needed to be “my people.” There were many other things I was looking for, but those were the most important. Greenville checked all of my boxes. As a medical student I felt like a part of the family and was treated as a vital member of the team. As a resident I know that mentality will only strengthen.
As far as the city of Greenville goes, it speaks for itself. We’ve got a little bit of everything and something for everyone. I have absolutely no regrets about choosing to spend the next 3 years here.
Why I chose Greenville: I’ve wanted to become a physician since middle school; however, it was not until my 3rd year of medical school that I decided to pursue internal medicine. Going into interview season I was very open to exploring many different types of residency programs. GHS was my last interview of the season. Before that, I thought I had my mind completely made up about a different program, but as soon as I got to Greenville Memorial I had a feeling that I was in the right place. The faculty and residents were extremely friendly and helpful, the facilities were beautiful, the opportunities to succeed were abundant, and most importantly, all of the residents seemed happy. Resident happiness was one of the top criteria I considered when choosing a residency program, and after speaking with many of them it was obvious that GHS was a special place.
Much of my family currently lives in Greenville, too! So the opportunity to live and work so closely to them was another great bonus for me. The city of Greenville is fun, beautiful, and continuously growing. One of the most exciting things about living in Greenville is the food scene, as there seems to be new restaurants popping up every week!
Why I chose Greenville: During my residency search I was looking for a program that balanced academia and clinical practice in a collegial setting with an appropriate work life balance. I felt then (and still do now) that a program embodying these traits is uniquely positioned to create knowledgeable, confident, and well-rounded physicians. For me, GHS was this program. From the front office to the residents, Program Director and Chair of Medicine, everyone within GHS is genuinely focused on the success of their colleagues. While completing an acting-internship with the medical teaching service, I was immediately impressed with the breadth and depth of pathology I encountered, the teaching faculty with whom I interacted, and the many educational/training opportunities that were presented for the residents and students alike. I am confident that GHS will position me for success in any practice setting or fellowship I choose.
Outside of the training program, Greenville is my mother’s hometown and a place where her/my family still resides. The city has changed tremendously over the past decade to become a hotbed of activity for young professionals. I have lived in nearby Spartanburg for 4 years and can attest to the exciting culture that the city of Greenville offers!
Why I chose Greenville: I knew before my interview day was over that Greenville Internal Medicine Residency would be my first choice. This program was a culmination of all the factors I was looking for: an established program with a good reputation, a nice hospital, current residents whom I felt I could relate too and of course a great location with lots to do with my family. My wife and I attended the pre-interview dinner, and we both felt a strong sense of community and family between the residents and their spouses. It was obvious while we talked that the residents enjoyed a nice quality of life, all the while very satisfied with the training they were receiving.
During the interview day, Dr. Fuller took his time speaking with us about his program, and it was obvious that he took great pride in the curriculum and his residents. I appreciated that he emphasized his understanding that every resident will learn in a different way, and he strives to accommodate for these differences. At the end of the day, I felt like this program was not merely a conveyor belt that produces doctors, but a place where every resident is appreciated and respected as an individual.
Why I chose Greenville: Ever since visiting the Upstate in high school, I knew that Greenville would be a great place to live one day, but I did not think I would have the opportunity to pursue my residency there. My interview experience was an excellent one, as I immediately felt drawn to the excellent culture and people of the program. I quickly came to understand that this was an internal medicine residency program that valued the education and professional development of it’s house staff above all — this was not something I experienced at many of my interviews. In a way the residency mirrors my opinion of the city itself by being a program that is both grounded in excellence yet still very versatile. Finally, it was an easy sell to my wife (originally from Texas) to move down to Greenville, as she had loved the area when we were married on the Reedy River in 2015. I am thrilled to get the chance to learn at such an innovative program, and I am excited to see what is in store for my three years in Greenville.
Why I chose Greenville: I chose GHS for a number of reasons, but I think one of the primary reasons I chose Greenville was because of the happiness of the residents. I previously read an article relating happiness of residents to productivity: The happiest residents were more likely to go home and work or read vs watching TV or using other means to “escape” their job. GHS has such a happy group of residents who enjoy their work and have great relationships with each other! I wanted to be a part of such a positive work environment. Additionally, the successes that the residents enjoyed for fellowship match were many, research was abundant, and the academic atmosphere was palpable. On top of all these things, Greenville itself is an amazing city! I am a super active guy, so having plenty of outdoors entertainment is important to me, and there is no shortage of that in Greenville.
Why I chose Greenville: Home is not determined by geographic location but rather the people who encompass that location. Once a political refugee who has immigrated to the United States from post-USSR Russia and did not speak a word of English, it was the unconditional support of family that allowed me to achieve my dream of becoming a physician. Despite the continuous challenges and obstacles, I’ve grown stronger and developed a greater appreciation of humanism in medicine. Greenville Health System exemplifies the balance of rigorous academics, patient-centered care, and compassion which I sought at all levels between faculty, residents, students and staff. I was welcomed with open arms and felt at home.
Medicine humbles me and inspires me to perpetually seek answers and solutions needed to address patient needs. It is within Greenville Health System where I will strive to become a reliable clinician, curious researcher, and resourceful educator, joining a movement with other like-minded individuals who share a genuine commitment to holistic patient care.
Why I chose Greenville: On the interview trail, I realized the most important aspect of a residency program was the ability to grow among a team of encouraging mentors and fellow residents. From dinner the night prior to my interview until I left the next day, I could tell the residents at Greenville Health embodied a sense of community and collegiality. On my interview day I rounded with two teaching services and met everyone from medical students to the attending physicians. I appreciated the supportive learning environment and felt the residents’ pride in working at GHS. Meeting with Dr. Fuller, it was obvious he has the residents’ best interests at heart and that he is willing to invest in the success of each resident. I look forward to joining the Greenville Health System team and to building the foundation for my future practice.
Why I chose Greenville: GHS was my last stop on the residency interview trail and by that time, I had reluctantly accepted that I would have to sacrifice some of the things I wanted from a program wherever I chose to go. I was dreading ranking the programs because I felt that I needed all of the following in residency to become the skilled and well-rounded physician I hope to one day be: a balance between independence and supervision, such that I could truly practice medicine while learning from those with experience how to better my skills and acquire new ones, adequate experience to foster proficiency in both inpatient and outpatient medicine, opportunities to perform and become proficient at procedures (including intubation), and resources that allow residents to get involved in meaningful research. After my interview with GHS, I felt confident that I had not only found a program that satisfied all of these needs but also one that I felt a sense of belonging and community. My choice for number one on the rank list was effortless after this and further solidified by the realization that Greenville, SC was a place I really wanted to live.
Why I chose Greenville: After my interview at GHS, I knew that this is where I wanted to attend residency. I have never felt so welcomed by the residents, admin, and staff like I was when I interviewed. I desired to match at a program that would challenge me, allow me to become an excellent physician, and a place that felt like home. GHS marked all of those checkboxes for both my wife (an OB/GYN resident) and myself. The city of Greenville is also a spectacular place to live with a fun downtown and lots of available outdoor activities. I am elated and honored to be a resident at this fantastic program!
Why I chose Greenville: When looking for a residency position I knew I wanted to move to a smaller city and my wife knew she wanted it to be warmer. What first caught our attention about the GHS program was the high board pass rate of previous classes. I was excited about the GHS cancer institute as I hope to end up working with cancer patients. What hooked us were the doctors and residents I met when I visited. They were smart but not ostentatious, and fun to be with. I feel like I will fit in well.
Why I chose Greenville: I had many reasons for making Greenville my top choice for residency. With a solid reputation and competitive fellowship placement, I had no doubt I would receive great training. It wasn’t until I visited, however, that I saw what made this place so special. From the first evening I arrived, I felt at home in the city and among the residents at dinner. My interview day further highlighted just how great this program and its people really are. They showed me genuine hospitality and a true passion for their work. After leaving Greenville for the first time, I already knew that this was where I wanted to be.