Med-Peds Chief Resident Message 2020-21

Hi, and welcome to the Med-Peds Program at Prisma Health – Upstate in Greenville, South Carolina! While originally from North Carolina, I made the drive down (back when interviews were in-person) to visit Greenville and instantly fell in love with the place and the program. I hope you will too!

Even though I grew up only one state over, Greenville was a hidden gem before visiting here a few years ago. With its small town feel and big city resources, it truly has been an incredible place to live and work. For all the foodies out there, the restaurant scene is incredibly dynamic and formidable, as I find myself with a new favorite spot every few weeks. The local flavor extends to an array of hometown coffee shops, breweries, wineries, and farmer’s markets mixed in with cuisines from all over the world (including the best Thai food you’ve ever had right across the street from me). The outdoor and green-space emphasis is evident with the 22-mile Swamp Rabbit trail that runs through the heart of Falls Park and the soon-to-be-finished Unity Park. Day trips to the beach, lake, or mountains have offered countless adventures for my family and our dog, who might like Greenville even more than we do.

My goals when choosing a residency were two-fold: find a place that could help me become the best physician I could be while also fostering a sense of community and connection to the patients we serve. As an academic institution with community healthcare roots, Prisma Health – Upstate has checked those boxes and much more.

The diverse experience that each resident receives here is reflected in our wide range of careers post-graduation. Our graduates serve as pillars in community primary care, leaders in hospitalist medicine, fellowships at top academic institutions – all with the skills and knowledge gained from the robust educational curriculum at Prisma Health – Upstate. Alongside our categorical colleagues who host lecture series throughout the year, our own Med-Peds residents meet weekly for exploration into those topics that make Med-Peds such an incredible specialty such as transitional care, lifelong advocacy, care of special populations, and leadership in medicine.

One of the strengths of our program is the Med-Peds community in Greenville and the Prisma Health hospital system. Med-Peds graduates work as teaching faculty on both categorical sides at Greenville Memorial Hospital, our tertiary care facility, and as educators at the medical school on campus, the University of South Carolina School of Medicine – Greenville. Additionally, we have the unique opportunity to work in a strictly Med-Peds run community hospital in the neighboring community of Greer. Countless Med-Peds primary care practices are staffed by our very own graduates, and combined subspecialty clinics help care for our special patient populations such as adult congenital heart disease or adolescent and young adult medicine.

While this previous year has been wrought with challenges, from a global pandemic to systemic racial and social disparities, it has been both humbling and inspiring to work alongside the colleagues, mentors, students, staff, and patients here during these times. From leading voices in the call for DEI (diversity, equity, and inclusion) initiatives to addressing not only the health of a patient but the social determinants behind them, each day I am reminded of why I was drawn to the practice of medicine and am truly grateful for the experiences here that have helped me grow and challenge myself not only as a physician, but also as a person.

            I look forward to meeting you and hope to share what Greenville and Prisma Health – Upstate has given to me – a comprehensive education, an engaging community, and an incredible place to live for the past few years. If you have any questions about our program or Greenville in general, please do not hesitate to reach out to me at Kevin.Applegate@PrismaHealth.org.

Kevin Applegate, MD

Prisma Health/UofSC School of Medicine Greenville Med-Peds Chief Resident 2021-22