What Sets Us Apart?

The Internal Medicine Residency Program at Prisma Health offers great training in inpatient medicine and ambulatory training. Additionally, we have an exciting array of unique opportunities to help you reach your goal of becoming a great internist. Some of these opportunities are unique to our hospital system and set us apart from other internal medicine training sites, which include:

Health Sciences Center

Prisma Health and our primary academic partners, Clemson University,  Furman University and University of South Carolina are working together to pave the way for breakthroughs in healthcare delivery, access and affordability through a unique, dynamic collaboration known as the Health Sciences Center. Providing access to more than 40 academic, professional and workforce development programs, a medical school, a nursing program, clinical and translational research, and the region’s largest healthcare delivery system, the Health Sciences Center is dedicated to helping the health professionals of today and tomorrow meet the real-world needs of the community.

Simulation Center Procedure Training

At the beginning of their PGY-1 year, our residents participate in six weeks of a weekly two-hour simulation training course. Using sophisticated mannequins, this experience is designed to give residents training in procedures such as intubation, central line placement, arterial line placement, lumbar puncture and chest tube placement before performing these procedures on actual patients. Residents are mentored by faculty who have daily experience in performing these procedures.

Click here to learn more about the HealthCare Simulation Center.

PGY-2 Teaching Retreat

Each May, our rising PGY-2 residents participate in a retreat outside of the hospital setting.  Lead by our Program Director, Associate Program Director and other experienced faculty, this retreat is designed as a transition event that prepares our rising PGY-2 residents to supervise a ward team, teach interns and medical students and focuses on physician well-being.

Faculty-Resident Mentoring

All of our incoming interns are assigned a faculty mentor at the beginning of their training. This faculty member meets with them periodically throughout their training to offer support, counseling and career advice.

Research and Quality Improvement Training Curriculum

Our residents participate in a research, quality improvement and patient safety training series lead by our Vice Chair of Academics and Research and partnered with a multi-disciplinary team.  The series offers education for those interested in careers involving research or those who simply recognize the value of clinical research, QI and patient safety in providing better patient care, clinical reasoning and the development of life-long learning.  This highly valued series provides the essentials of study design, methods and critique.  Both projects and mentorships are built within the sessions.

Strong Training in the New Field of Hospitalist Medicine

We have a very active Hospitalist medicine section at Prisma Health.  Many of our medicine ward teams are staffed by our faculty Hospitalists, who enjoy teaching the skills necessary to become competent in Hospitalist medicine. As a result, Hospitalist medicine is a popular career choice for many of our graduating residents.

Sports Medicine Fellowship

The Prisma Health-Upstate and the University of South Carolina School of Medicine Greenville fellowship in Primary Care Sports Medicine is a one or two-year ACGME accredited program sponsored by the Department of Family Medicine.

The fellowship is designed to provide comprehensive sports medicine training in musculoskeletal and non-musculoskeletal disease in athletes and active individuals. The program provides coverage for professional, collegiate and high school athletes, as well as, the typical “weekend warrior.”

The Sports Medicine Fellowship Program has trained both IM and Med/Peds physicians and welcomes the opportunity to continue to do so.  Dr. Scott Annett, the Program Director, completed his residency in Med/Peds at Prisma Health (formerly GHS) and maintains a close relationship with the Department of Internal Medicine.

Vascular Medicine Fellowship

We have one of the few vascular medicine fellowship training opportunities in the United States located here at Prisma Health-Upstate. Vascular fellows spend one or two years learning both medical therapy and procedures necessary to treat patients with vascular disease. The program is staffed by two internal medicine-trained vascular medicine specialists.

Our Director, Bruce Gray, MD, is one of the founders of the Board of Vascular Medicine. The first two vascular fellows were graduates of the our internal medicine residency program.

These are just some of the unique benefits of training with us at the Prisma Health.

Please browse our website and feel free to contact us if you have further questions, or if you would like to visit or apply for training here.