Laurie Graves, M.D. - Fourth Year, Med-Peds Chief Resident
Hometown: Clover, SC
Medical School: Medical University of South Carolina
Favorite Things About Charleston: Beaches, amazing food, history, and people
Career/Research Interests: Adolescent and young adult hematology/oncology, transition of care
Why MUSC Med-Peds? My decision to stay at MUSC for Med-Peds was a simple one. After getting to know the program and people in medical school and then exploring other programs on the interview trail, nowhere else could compare to the integration of the categorical programs to form such a strong combined Med-Peds program or to the friendliness of the people that work so hard to do so. It is a resident driven program with exposure to a wide breadth of sub-specialties and primary care experiences, preparing you for any potential career path.
Dustin Fowler, D.O. - Fourth Year, Med-Peds Chief Resident
Hometown: Garland, TX
Medical School: University of North Texas TCOM
Favorite things about Charleston: The incredible food and the beautiful scenery
Career/Research Interests: Allergy - Immunology, Hospital Medicine
Why MUSC Med Peds? MUSC strikes an ideal balance of diverse patient populations with a wide array of clinical problems in a relatively intimate University setting. The opportunity to truly be invested in on a career and personal level sets this program in a unique light.
Prashant Raghavendran, D.O. - Third Year
Hometown: Austin, TX
Medical School: Texas College of Osteopathic Medicine
Favorite things about Charleston: The food, the history, the beaches and the overall forgiving weather year round
Career/Research interests: Transition of care of healthy/complex pediatric patients to adulthood, bleeding and clotting disorders, global health (specifically adolescent health education)
Why MUSC Med-Peds? MUSC provided me the opportunity to experience southern hospitality in the same context as East Coast academic rigor. Everyone here cares about everyone else’s wellness, and with a smaller program, that creates a stronger sense of community. The staff and faculty are immediately available to help and guide us, and we integrate very well into our categorical cohort programs. The residents are empowered to create change where they see the need. Working at the main tertiary care center for the state, we are afforded the ability to experience both complex pathology and care of healthy individuals across every specialty at an appropriate volume. If that doesn’t sum it up, I guess living in one of the most scenic, historical and cuisine forward social microcosms in the US has its added perks.
Mason Walgrave, M.D. – Third Year
Hometown: Aurora IL, though I would also call Chicago home having lived in the city proper for several years
Medical School: Chicago Medical School
Favorite thing about Charleston: Is the amount of sunny days here, I also am a big fan of the beaches and outdoor cafes/bars around for a weekend or weekday night which is very nice. The people are generally very friendly, and it has some of the big city feel but is still pretty easy to get around and get to a quieter area to sleep as well. I don't know if I can say the people because most of them aren't from here, but still. The people I've met here have been really wonderful.
Career/Research interests: I really like quality and efficiency work. I want to work really hard while I'm here and then be able to leave work at work and have time for my other interests and hobbies. I think with the very powerful EPIC that we have but haven't really used to its fullest, there are lots of ways we can do things quicker and faster, and I want to streamline these kinds of things both in residency and moving forward to make things run faster and smoother. Additionally, I enjoy the quality safety aspect because it makes gratifying changes and allows me to be a part of the hospital and an effort for positive change besides just the work I do as a resident. Ideally I would go on to work in academic medicine moving forward to help teach, care for patients, and continue to improve the residency program/lifestyle to make better and better physicians.
Why MUSC Med-Peds? Med-Peds is because I like the entire spectrum of ages, and appreciate that there are occasions where you interact with a mature child, or need to teach parents on their level, but also times when you need to take things slowly and easily with adults, and be more supportive than authoritative which allows for a lot of blending of styles which Med-Peds is naturally geared towards. I also think that mixing different specialties and practice styles is the only way to be innovative, and the more combined or mixed specialty people that work in a program, the better programs function and more creative/problem solving we all think and become. Why MUSC was originally to live near my twin brother and his wife, who frequently double as my best friends. Though I should point out that they moved away for a year when I first started here and I had NO regrets. The people in the Med-Peds program have been incredible. They're very smart, witty, and caring, and set a very lofty goal for me and my time at MUSC.
Leah Broadhurst, M.D. – Second Year
Hometown: Gastonia, NC
Medical School: Georgetown University
Favorite things about Charleston: The temperate climate and the culinary scene
Career/Research interests: Primary Care, Public Health, Health Equity
Why MUSC Med Peds? As a large academic medical center with strong roots in the community, MUSC provides a great learning environment for my varied interests. However it’s the people that drew me to MUSC, everyone is very supportive and invested in helping you grow professionally and personally, and overall people are fun to be around which makes the long days’ worth it.
Laura Brown, M.D. – Second Year
Hometown: Huntsville, Alabama
Medical School: University of South Alabama
Favorite things about Charleston: Architecture and flowers
Career/Research interests: Combined Hospitalist, Obesity
Why MUSC Med Peds? I loved that MUSC had strong medicine and pediatric categorical problems, and was located in beautiful Charleston. After being here a year, I have fallen in love with the strong support we have from faculty on both sides, and especially our beloved Dr. Mennito.
Susan Evenhouse, M.D. – Second Year
Hometown: Charlotte, North Carolina
Medical School: Medical University of South Carolina
Favorite things about Charleston: The landscape, the wealth of outdoor activities, the unreal food scene and some of the kindest people you will ever meet.
Career/Research interests: Medical Education, Adult and Pediatric Hospital Medicine
Why MUSC Med Peds? After going to medical school here, I couldn't imagine a better place to train. I knew I would have great role models because the attending physicians are phenomenal clinicians and great teachers. I love our patient population and how we serve as the tertiary referral center for our state. We get to see extremely rare and cool cases, but also become very comfortable with bread and butter community medicine.
Patricia Smith, M.D. – Second Year
Hometown: Murfreesboro, TN
Medical School: University of Tennessee Health Science Center
Favorite things about Charleston: The sunshine and beautiful scenery, live oaks, beaches, farmers markets, beautiful buildings downtown
Career/Research interests: Nutrition and lifestyle interventions in the management of chronic disease and overall health, primary care, underserved communities, preventive medicine
Why MUSC Med Peds? The small, supportive, and close-knit Med-Peds group, excellent training on both medicine and pediatrics, enthusiastic and supportive program directors
Charish Buffa, M.D. – Intern
Hometown: Athens, Georgia
Medical School: Morehouse School of Medicine
Favorite things about Charleston: What’s not to love about Charleston?! There is always something to do, whether it is enjoying a relaxing beach day (with multiple beaches to choose from), heading downtown for a nice dinner, finding a local farmer’s market, going for a run in the beautiful sunshine, shopping, etc. (I could keep going for a while). In addition, Charleston has every type of food you may be craving with amazing atmospheres - many of them being outdoors or with rooftops! And I was particularly impressed by how many places are dog friendly, especially since I traveled to Charleston with my pup.
Career/Research interests: Hospitalist, Cardiology
Why MUSC Med Peds? Before beginning interviews, I was unsure of what I wanted in a Med-Peds program. Coming from an area that lacked a presence of Med-Peds, I felt lost when attempting to narrow down my search of programs. I had an extensive excel spreadsheet list and sent applications to programs ALL over the country. However, I did know that I wanted to be at a strong academic center with equally competitive categorical programs, while also maintaining a unique Med-Peds identity. After my interview at MUSC, I knew I had found the place I wanted to spend the next four years. I was blown away with how friendly and helpful everyone was. Having grown up in the south I was familiar with “southern hospitality”, but the atmosphere at MUSC was much more than that. I could honestly tell that this was an environment that I would feel supported and encouraged throughout my four years in training. Location was also an important factor for me. I went to medical school in a large city that I thoroughly enjoyed, but I often felt that it was too big and fast paced for my personality. Charleston was the perfect fit, possessing that “small-town feel” but still being a decent sized city that contained a diverse patient population and a wide range of disease processes. And last but certainly not least, I am able to enjoy my days off at one of the many beaches in Charleston (with less than a 10-minute drive!). I am so happy to be a part of the MUSC Med-Peds family and to call the charming city of Charleston home for the next four years!
Laura Smallcomb, M.D. – Intern
Hometown: Boston, MA
Medical School: Drexel University College of Medicine
Favorite things about Charleston: The restaurants, the weather
Career/Research interests: ICU, Cardiology
Why MUSC Med Peds? I loved the depth and the scope that Med-Peds involved, allowing me to have a residency that spanned the gamut of age and illness severity, while continuing to keep the doors open for potential fellowships and specialization in the future
Molly Stone, M.D. – Intern
Hometown: Tuscaloosa, AL
Medical School: University of Alabama Birmingham
Favorite things about Charleston: amazing city, seafood everywhere and the people are so friendly.
Career/Research interests: undecided? GI/IBD, maybe hospitalist
Why MUSC Med Peds? From the moment I got to campus for my interview everyone was incredibly welcoming. Both categorical programs are incredibly supportive and the Med-Peds group is fantastic.
Sophia Urban, M.D. – Intern
Hometown: Falls Church, VA
Medical School: Eastern Virginia Medical School (Norfolk, VA)
Favorite things about Charleston: I had never been to Charleston before my interview day at MUSC, but as soon as I arrived I was immediately drawn to the city’s vibrant culture and incredibly friendly residents. I love how it’s a quaint town with loads of southern charm and a rich history that still has a lot of hustle and bustle to keep you busy. Everyone you meet is always smiling, and it’s so easy to strike up a conversation with just about anyone, which is fantastic because there are so many people here who have amazing life stories to share! The warm, sunny weather and coastal location are perfect when you want to take advantage of the beach or enjoy different nautical activities when on a break from work. And of course, the food here is award-winning and absolutely delicious! Between the fresh seafood and old fashioned southern cooking, you’ll never go hungry in the Holy City!
Career/Research Interests: I’ve always had a love for primary care, and I can definitely envision myself working in a combined Med-Peds clinic in the future. But, in true Med-Peds fashion, I’m not opposed to pursuing subspecialty training after residency and I’m excited to keep my options open.
Why MUSC Med-Peds? Choosing to train in Med-Peds at MUSC was an easy decision for me as soon as I set foot in Charleston. Dr. Mennito was a joy to know right from the beginning and had a great vision for the future of the program that really made me excited to be going into the specialty. Krista our coordinator, the upper level residents, and all the MUSC staff I met were very welcoming, genuine, and down-to-earth people who I looked forward to calling my co-workers and friends. Everyone seemed so happy to work at MUSC and truly saw themselves as critical parts of a healthcare system dedicated to the service of patients in the Lowcountry. I loved the idea of working with such a diverse patient population in the Charleston area, including many underserved groups and our country’s Veterans at the VA. I was also impressed with MUSC overall as being a strong academic medical center with a wide array of patient complexity while maintaining the feel of a smaller community program where you can get to know everyone. I couldn’t be happier with my decision to train here!