Dr. Hannah Wakefield practices at Georgetown Pediatrics in Georgetown, SC, one of the sites where she had the opportunity to work and learn as a resident. "Because of the Primary Care Program, I feel comfortable helping families with their medical and social issues. I know more about the community resources to which I can refer families because I've had the chance to meet the people who run those programs. Thanks to rotations at Northwoods and Georgetown, I am confident in my ability to navigate the care needed for children with medically complex needs in spite of working in a more resource-limited area, and this is something near and dear to my heart. The faculty and staff who taught me throughout the program are amazing and I look forward to being able to give back!"
Dr. Kathleen Ronin practices at Coastal Pediatrics in Charleston, SC. My PCT experience has been invaluable. It offered the benefit of a top notch tertiary care center academic education, while at the same time receiving a true community pediatrics experience. The faculty is supportive and invested in our success. They modeled by the example the importance of advocating for children and supporting families. I look forward to serving the Charleston community as a primary care provider and hope to live up to what the PCT so strongly represents.
Kate Matthias, D.O. I have always known that I wanted to work in primary care so when I discovered the Primary Care Track program at MUSC I was thrilled. Choosing this program was one of the best decisions I ever made. I loved all of my outpatient rotation at Georgetown and Northwoods. I felt very confident starting my job as an outpatient Pediatrician in Greenville after graduation. The months I spent caring for high risk populations made me comfortable seeing patients with complex social and medical issues. I would recommend this track to anyone passionate about pursuing a career in primary care pediatrics!
Dr. Sara Ritchie just finished a year in Nashville, TN working with the Vanderbilt Pediatric After Hours program while her husband completed fellowship. They are back in Charleston where Sara has joined the MUSC Children's Care North (Northwoods) as well as being the Friday attending in the pediatric resident clinic downtown. "The Primary Care Residency at MUSC was absolutely amazing. Having the extra time in community newborn nurseries, rural Georgetown primary care, and an underserved population in North Charleston really shaped my residency experience. I felt like I spent more time doing what I loved and really dove deep into primary care. I felt completely ready to join a primary care practice, ready to efficiently handle large patient volumes, and help lead the team.The attendings are so wonderful and supportive. I highly recommend considering this program if you see yourself leaning toward primary care."
Dr. KaiCee Richardson currently practices at Georgetown Pediatrics, one of the PCT's main training sites for outpatient primary care. She acquired her love for this special population while rotating through the practice during her second and third years of residency. She enjoys serving the underserved rural children of South Carolina in the state's poorest city.
Dr. Sarah Michalowski practices with Coastal Pediatrics here in Charleston, SC. She says of her PCT experience: “ I am so grateful for the training I received from the primary care track! The skills I learned have given me the confidence to hit the ground running in this busy private practice, knowing that I have had excellent experiences caring for all manner of patients and pathologies efficiently and autonomously and without the support of having a children's hospital across the street.”
Dr. Tessa Wyborny currently practices with Ole Health, which is a federally qualified health center located in Napa, California. “Approximately half of my patient population is Spanish-speaking only, so I am putting my skills from my time spent at MUSC Northwoods to good use! I take care of children of all ages, but I have a special interest in behavioral problems and ADHD management. The skills that I learned while in the primary care program at MUSC have helped me to hit the ground running in a very busy practice!”
Dr. Mariah Scott practices with Gateway Pediatrics in Chandler, Arizona. She feels the Primary Care Track helped her feel prepared to function in a busy outpatient setting and handle acute visits efficiently. She found the PCT was very appealing to potential employers.
Dr. Naylor Brownell, is a dual fellow in pediatric gastroenterology and nutrition at the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia. After serving as chief resident for MUSC Pediatrics, Dr. Brownell pursued his fellowship at CHOP. He is a great example of a resident who changed courses during residency, and was able to successfully secure a specialty training position. In fact, his primary care experience has provided a unique perspective to bring to subspecialty care. “The primary care program obviously gave me the clinical background to be an effective clinician, but it also gave me the opportunity to learn about all of the other aspects of a patient’s life that impact overall health, including socioeconomic status, cultural background, and even the complexities within the healthcare system that can impede quality of care.” Dr. Brownell hopes to continue applying what he learned in the PCP to medically complex and often underserved children with chronic GI and nutritional diseases.
Dr. Luke Edmondson practices with MUSC at the Children’s Care Network – the University’s Medical Home outpatient clinic. He works in Moncks Corner South Carolina serving a patient population that is rural and mostly Medicaid funded. “I strongly believe that having been in the Primary Care Program helped me to be ready to start my new job in an outpatient clinic as a general pediatrician with confidence in my ability to provide good care. I feel that if you know you want to go into primary care, the MUSC Primary Care Program is an excellent residency to prepare you for that goal.”