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PGY1s and PGY2s typically have a 60-80 hours work week. PGY3s typically have 40-50 hour weeks. OB (2 months PGY1, 2 months PGY2): Prerounding begins between 6:15 and 6:30 with attending rounds at 7:15. The rest of the day is spent in OB clinic which is run by the residents with attendings available for check out. The on call resident is responsible for covering labor and delivery and ER/Inpatient consults. Call ends after service rounds the next morning.Pediatrics (2 months PGY1, 2 months PGY2, 1 month PGY3): This rotation is divided into 2 weeks covering inpatient pediatrics and 2 weeks covering the nursery. Prerounding starts around 6:30 with attending rounds around 7:30-8:00 (depending on the attending covering the service). The rest of the day is spent in the Pediatric clinic which is run by the residents with attendings available for checkout. Call is from home meaning you answer phone calls from parents and only come in when there is an admission through the ER or a sick child on the floor requiring immediate attention. Your post-call day ends after morning clinic.Medicine (2months PGY1, 3months PGY2): PGY1: Prerounding starts at 6:00-6:30 with attending rounds at 9:00 with your internal medicine attendings. Attending rounds usually lasts until noon. The afternoon is free for floor work and following up on your patients. Your day is done by 5:00 unless you are on call. Call ends at noon. PGY2: There is a day/night float system. 1 resident serves as an intern back-up for 12 hours during the day (6:00-6:00) while the other resident serves as an intern back-up during the night (6:00-6:00). A third PGY2 covers all ICU patients from (6:00am-6:00pm) at which time coverage is taken over by the night float resident. Family Medicine (1 month PGY1, 1 month PGY3): Prerounding begins around 6:30. Attending rounds are at 9:00 with your family medicine attending. Rounding typically lasts until noon. Your day ends at 5:00 at which time the medicine resident on call assumes responsibility of these patients overnight. Clinic: PGY1: 1-2 half days per week. PGY2: 2-3 half days per week. PGY3: 3-5 half days a week.
The faculty here is top notch. All family medicine attendings have completed a faculty development fellowship. All are interested in teaching and are always readily available for any questions that arise. They are all easily approachable, open to hearing any concerns, and proactive in fixing any problems that arise. Another nice part about your core rotations is that they are taught by specialists in their respective fields (i.e. medicine from internists, pediatrics from pediatricians and neonatologists, OB from OB/Gyns).
Teaching takes many forms in this program and is very thorough. There is case specific teaching (based on overnight admissions) during attending rounds every days. Your medicine rotation also has radiology rounds with a radiologist 1-2 times per month during which you present an interesting case and the radiologist reviews all films in detail with the group. There is pathology conference about once a month during which a pathologist presents interesting cases and shows the slides through a multi-headed microscope. There is journal club weekly on the medicine service during which an intern presents an interesting article from a recent internal medicine journal. There is a procedure clinic during which you learn multiple procedures including colposcopy, nasopharyngoscopy, lump/bump removals, cryotherapy, Implanon insertion/removal, toenail removals, casting, even Botox injection. Formal lunch time didactics occur daily from 12:30 - 1:30 and include lectures from all specialties. The major focus of these lectures is practical knowledge that you will actually use, not boring useless information. PGY2 and PGY3 residents participate in research through our Scholar's Workshop curriculum. The resident designs a research study, gets approval through the IRB, and presents it in May at our research day. Many of these projects have been presented at statewide, nationwide, and international research conferences.
Camaraderie among peers is excellent. I have never had another resident leave me out to dry. Since there are 36 residents, someone is always available to lend a hand when you need help. You never have to worry about getting someone to step in to round on your patients, cover your call, etc when you have to leave town for an emergency. Outside of the hospital, our residents are a tight-knit group. We tend to go out to eat together, go to movies in a group, go out to bars in Greenville, play in an organized softball league (we have 2 teams!), and many other activities. The residents know and welcome each other's spouse and children.
The physical environment of SRHS is very nice. The hospital facilities are modern and kept in great shape. The ER is amazingly modern and huge. There is a dedicated cancer center, dedicated heart center, and dedicated stroke center. The Center for Family Medicine runs on Centricity Electronic Medical Record and VPN access is allowed so that you have complete access from home. The rest of the hospital is very wired. We recently have added the ability to type all inpatient progress notes. All orders are submitted electronically. We are all issued PDAs which also provides access to your patient vital signs, lab results, and medication lists from wherever you are.
The program is dual accredited from M.D. and D.O. graduates. Most of the residents are US graduates with typically one foreign graduate per year. The osteopathic curriculum is integrated into noon conferences and M.D. also participate in learning osteopathic principles and manipulation techniques. We typically have 10-15 osteopathic medical students rotating through the hospital at any given time. This number will soon be increasing as the Edward Via Virginia College of Osteopathic Medicine (Virginia Tech) will be opening a satellite campus in Spartanburg.
This program provides excellent training in all aspects of family medicine. No one leaves this program feeling unprepared to practice in any setting. Most go on to become traditional family practitioners, while other become hospitalists, emergency room physicians, urgent care physicians, or go on to OB fellowships or Sports Medicine fellowships. Most stay in the Southeast, but graduates are spread all across Graduates are well known and well respected all across the Southeast. This program will push you hard and expect nothing but the best from you. You must enter it prepared to work harder than you have worked and you will learn more that you ever dreamed possible.
I actually did a rotation in infectious diseases here. My schedule was typically 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. monday thru friday with 1 weekend. I didn't have to do any call. I worked each day with the ID doc on call for the day, and then followed the patients that I had worked up until they were discharged. That meant carrying about 4-5 patients per day plus seeing consults for that day. I had plenty of time to see everyone, and very rarely felt rushed.
The faculty were excellent. There are 4 ID doctors at SRMC, and each has there own way of doing things, but all of them are excellent teachers. I learned something with every patient I saw, and they encouraged me to research the topic and then discuss it with to make sure I understood everything. Anytime we had down time, they would give a short impromtu lecture over anything I had questions about.
I unfortunately didn't get to spend a lot of time with the family medicine residents, but they made me feel welcome even so. They invited me out to resident gatherings, and made sure I knew that I was welcome at noon conference. 2 of the ID docs I worked with also doubled as Internal Medicine service attendings for the residents, and I got the feeling they were very good in that area as well. SRMC is very up to date hospital. They have a huge patient volume, and every specialty you can think of.
Spartanburg would be a great place to do residency. You will see the pathology you need to get a good education, and you'll get it in a beautiful setting as wel--I'm not just talking about the hospital either, even though it is very pretty. The surrounding area in NW South Carolina is absolutely beautiful. On my ID rotation I saw more variety of diseases than I could have hoped for, and I left feeling much more confident in that area. I have applied and interviewed at Spartanburg for FM residency, and hope to be a resident there next year.
Typically 60-80 hrs per week. Obviously changes based on rotation. Not much scutwork, lots of floor work, always have help if I get too overloaded.
Love the faculty, good face time, almost always available if I need to talk or ask questions. Teaching every am on core rotation rounds, all core faculty are specialists in that area (ie Medicine are internists, peds peds, OB are ob/gyns) Noon conference every day, usually practical
I get along very well with most people here, my intern class is very close, we all go out at least once a month, Nurses and hospital are very nice compared to other expereinces. I do have a life outside of work, have seen my family q2-3 months and the live 15 hrs away, time to take care of my house and go out with friends when. FMGs are 15-20% of program
This program has great people, lots of pt contact and opportunities. This program makes you try to do things on your own, but you always have a backup if you are stuck or its over your head. I will be well prepared in everything incl OB when I leave. I would definitely choose this program if I had to reapply. Please feel free to contact me with any questions
The usual day begins around 7-7:30 depending on the rotation. We have a noon conference each day and get top notch lectures from our faculty and visiting attendings from MUSC. The day ends around 4:30-5, again depending on the rotation. Typically, interns start earlier and finish later, with the daily schedule getting better as you make your way from PGY1 to PGY3.. :) Our program is starting to enforce the 80 hour limit per week, so that none of us are terribly overworked.
Faculty are dedicated to teaching and are up to date in their respective fields. Our noon conferences give us up to date lectures in each of the family medicine training areas.
Residents get along great with each other. We have a resident spouse's alliance that provides the spouses and significant others a means of getting together and planning activities outside of the hospital.
This is a top notch residency program. You should come take a look at Spartanburg. It really is the class act of programs in the southeast. Please click on the link to send me an email note if you have any questions about our program. I would MOST CERTAINLY choose this program again if I were reapplying.
This was my first choice for a residency program. I looked all around the Southeast US and decided on Spartanburg because the faculty are excellent, the hospital is modern, the people are friendly and the area is beatiful.
When on service months (OB, Surgery, Pediatrics, Medicine) we are instructed by specialists in these fields. We cover our patients from admission to discharge, through the ICU's, etc. It is a truly thorough training program. Noon conferences are great and we have food so you don't have to scrounge and scramble for conference.
We have great personal ties in each class. We get together with attendings outside the hospital for social activities. We're truly well rounded.
If you want a versatile program with strong clinical training without competing with other residency programs, we're the one! If I chose again, this would be my first choice. Come talk to us!
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