Welcome to the Greenville Health System Med-Peds Program! Thank you for taking the time to learn more about us. Being from the arctic north of Minnesota, I hadn’t actually heard of Greenville, SC, until I started researching residency programs. Almost four years later, I could not be happier with my experience at GHS due to opportunities to lead and innovate, the quality training I’ve received, the Med-Peds community, and of course the city of Greenville I’ve grown to love.
While on the residency interview trail, I made sure to ask every program what changes they envisioned in the next 5 years. Many responses demonstrated programs on “auto-pilot.” Russ Kolarik however, was excited by the question sharing plans to improve resident education and well-being. This sense of innovation was the “X-factor” I was looking for, and I have not been disappointed. Leadership within the organization is constantly looking for ways to improve the system, allowing GHS to evolve into a well reputed academic institution. For example, Med-Peds residents at GHS have created educational material on adolescence used nation-wide, ie. The Guyology curriculum; hosted a regional transitional care conference; travelled independently to work in a Kenyan hospital; developed an advanced physical exam course, and pioneered quality improvement projects in the pediatric ED that have changed management of patients with sickle cell disease.
Even with all of these opportunities to innovate, I want to emphasize residents also receive excellent training. Between the bustling Center for Pediatric Medicine (CPM) and the GHS Children’s Hospital, residents are the primary pediatricians for a large portion of children in the Upstate of South Carolina. This includes many of the medically complex who fall within our roughly 1.3 million catch-net referral area. Greenville Memorial Hospital’s open ICU allows residents to regularly care for both complex and critically ill patients. Meanwhile, in the Internal Medicine Clinic (IMC), residents are allowed a large degree of autonomy as they develop unique relationships handling the ins and outs of their patients’ care.
As for the Med-Peds community, we are a medium-sized program among medium-sized categorical programs allowing us to have appropriate voice and respect within each group. As a member of the Med-Peds department, you will be acknowledged and well-received among faculty, categorical programs, and the community. Though we span two departments, our group manages to stay tightly knit with regular social “switch parties;” holidays at Russ Kolarik’s house; quarterly journal clubs; and semi-annual workshops. Furthermore, our large community of Med-Peds providers offer ample opportunity for mentorship no matter the career path you choose.
At the end of the day, I wanted my family and me to thrive throughout residency. The city of Greenville is a quaint city that offers much of the “big city” entertainment without the typical “big city” headaches. Where else can you find the NCAA basketball tournament, Broadway hits such as Hamilton, and nationally recognized festivals all within a 5-mile radius? Furthermore, Greenville is only a short drive from mountain trails and renowned beaches making getaways possible on even the busiest rotations.
We hope you take the chance to visit and see what Greenville and the Med-Peds Program can offer you!
GHS/University of South Carolina School of Medicine Greenville Med-Peds, Class of 2019
University of Minnesota Medical School, Class of 2015, AOA