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Curriculum

During the second and third years of the program, the focus of resident education is centered on the Family Medicine Center. Subspecialty rotations and educational activities are intended to augment the patient care activities and educational experiences in the Family Medicine Center. Second year residents spend 4 half days per week and third year residents spend 5 half days per week in the Family Medicine Center participating in outpatient care.

Patient Care Responsibilities

We admit children and adults from our practice to the Medical Center at MUSC or Trident Medical Center.

Inpatients are cared for by the family medicine services, which includes an attending, clinical pharmacist, resident, interns and students.

Recognizing the value of ambulatory care exposure, residents have an increasing responsibility for patient care. They are scheduled for one, four and five half days in the outpatient Family Medicine Center as first, second and third year residents, respectively.

Supervision is always available from our family medicine faculty. Each faculty clinician maintains an active medical practice within the Family Medicine Center to promote continued growth as a physician and to serve as a role model.

Didactics

Morning Report: Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday mornings from 8:00-8:30 a.m. residents and faculty discuss issues relevant to recent patient care activities. Topics frequently discussed include emergency medicine, surgery, cardiology, geriatrics, dermatology, radiology, pediatrics, and public health.

Noon Conference: Educational noon conferences take place on Mondays, Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays, which include presentations by physicians, family medicine residents, pharmacists, nurses and other health care professionals from within MUSC and Trident Health System as well as guest faculty from other institutions. Topics presented are based on a longitudinal conference curriculum of the most common illnesses managed in the family medicine setting.

Skills Seminar: Family Medicine Skills Seminars occur every Thursday from 3:00-5:00 p.m. During this time, topics and issues related to the practice of Family Medicine are reviewed and discussed. Regularly, procedural skills, pharmacotherapeutic and practice management issues are presented.

Balint Group: Balint groups meet every other Thursday from 12:15-1:15 p.m., and separate groups have been established for second and third year residents. Balint groups study the doctor-patient relationship in order to learn how to recognize and interpret the clinical manifestations of the patient's emotional state. These clinical manifestations are expressed verbally and non-verbally and must be identified and transformed to their psychological determinants in order to enhance clinical reasoning, develop plausible hypotheses and initiate sensible management plans.

Clinical Scholars: Thursdays from 1:30-3:00 p.m. is dedicated time for second and third year residents to participate in the Clinical Scholars Program.

Rotations

PGY1

  • Family Medicine Orientation: 2 weeks
  • Adult Inpatient (including ICU): 15 weeks at TMC, 5 weeks at MUSC
  • Clinic: 5 weeks at TFH
  • Emergency Medicine: 5 weeks at TMC
  • OB: 5 weeks at TMC, 5 weeks at MUSC
  • Peds Inpatient: 10 weeks at MUSC

PGY2

  • Adult Inpatient (including ICU): 5 weeks at TMC, 5 weeks at MUSC
  • Cardiology: 5 weeks at TMC
  • Geriatrics: 5 weeks at Villages of Summerville
  • Neonatal/Outpatient Pediatrics: 5 weeks at MUSC
  • Pediatric ER: 5 weeks at MUSC
  • Sports Medicine: 5 weeks at TMC
  • Women’s Health: 5 weeks at TMC
  • Elective: 10 weeks

PGY3

  • Adult Inpatient (including ICU): 5 weeks at TMC
  • Cardiology: 5 weeks at TMC
  • Community Medicine: 5 weeks at TMC
  • Dermatology: 5 weeks at TMC
  • Orthopedics: 5 weeks at TMC
  • Practice Management: 5 weeks at TMC
  • Specialty Medicine (ENT/Optho/Urology): 5 weeks at TMC
  • Surgery: 5 weeks at TMC
  • Elective: 10 weeks

Electives Rotations for PGY2-3

  • Bariatrics
  • Cardiology
  • Community Medicine
  • Dermatology
  • Emergency Medicine
  • Family Medicine
  • Gastroenterology
  • Geriatrics
  • Hospitalists
  • Infectious Disease
  • Laboratory Medicine
  • Nephrology
  • Neurology
  • Nutrition
  • Obstetrics/Gynecology
  • Ophthalmology
  • Orthopedics and Sports Medicine
  • Otolaryngology
  • Palliative Care
  • Pediatrics
  • Pharmacology
  • Pulmonology
  • Radiology
  • Rheumatology
  • Surgery
  • Ultrasound
  • Urology
  • Underserved Care
  • Wound Care

Available Tracks

We are proud to offer a variety of track options to appeal to the various resident interests.

  • Academic Medicine
  • Behavioral Medicine
  • Geriatrics
  • Hospitalist
  • Sports Medicine
  • Underserved and Global Health
  • Women's Health