PGY-2 Residents: Class of 2022

Kevin Applegate, MD

Hometown: Asheboro, NC

Education:

Undergraduate:
Emory University (BS Chemistry BA Spanish)

Graduate:
University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill School of Medicine

Hobbies and Interests:
Jack of some trades, master of none. I like to do a little bit of everything, from playing soccer to brewing beer. When not at the hospital, I can usually be found out biking or running, trying new restaurants, or cooking the best Indian food you’ve ever seen a southerner make. Most of all, I love spending time with my wife Lesley and our dog Mason, no matter what we find ourselves up to!

Future Career Plans:
Likely Med-Peds hospital medicine in some capacity, especially in a more rural or underserved area.

Why I Chose Greenville Med-Peds:

I had never been to Greenville before my residency interview, but it already felt like home. The kindness of the people, the camaraderie of the residents, and the professionalism of the faculty impressed me from the start, but it was the bigger picture that sealed the deal. Finding exactly the right balance of an academic institution with community roots, Greenville Health and the Med-Peds residency program connected the dots between the medicine we study and the people we help with it. I felt like here in Greenville I would be able to become the community physician I aspire to be while preparing myself both academically and experientially. Another great draw was the city itself, with its lively downtown and beautiful parks. Every time we visited, we ran out of free time long before we ran out of fun and interesting things to do. Greenville is becoming the new place to be, and we are so excited to be a part of that!

Phillips DeRidder, MD

Hometown: Irmo, SC

Education:

Undergraduate:
University of South Carolina, Biology B.S. Magna Cum Laude

Graduate:
University of South Carolina School of Medicine Greenville; Summa Cum Laude

Future Career Plans:
Currently undecided, but I love inpatient medicine and anticipate being a hospitalist.

Non-medical interests: I love baking, running, traveling, and especially exploring downtown Greenville!

Why I chose Greenville for Med-Peds:

Having attended the University of South Carolina School of Medicine Greenville for my medical education, I believed GHS would be the best fit my med-peds residency. Not wanting to limit myself without first-hand knowledge, I traveled all over the country interviewing for a spot. GHS was my standard and I kept an open mind that there would be another hospital that would be a better fit. I found many excellent programs but none that changed my mind. Our Med-Peds residents and attendings are compassionate, intelligent, and empathetic physicians and individuals. They embody who I want to be as a physician. I am delighted to be staying in my new hometown of Greenville. Greenville is an active and health conscious town reminiscent of a small European city where you will find joggers, walkers, and people out with their dogs at all times of day. There is something for everyone with our delicious restaurants, unique shopping, fun festivals, picturesque parks, and great art scene. For me, there is no better place to work and live.

Amauri Latham, MD

Hometown:Culpeper, VA

Education:

Undergraduate:
Virginia Commonwealth University (B.S. Biology, Chemistry Minor)

Graduate:
Virginia Commonwealth University School of Medicine

Hobbies and Interests:
First and foremost, I love to eat! I’m always down to try a new restaurant or new dish. I try to cook but my wife is so much better. We have two dogs that we treat like kids and enjoy cycling together. When I have the time and the inspiration, I also enjoy woodworking/ carpentry.

Future Career Plans:
Med/Peds hospitalist with a special interest in medical education. However, I have not ruled out the idea of specialization.

Why I chose Greenville Med-Peds:
My two main criteria when searching for a residency program were 1) I don’t want to be cold 2) I want to live somewhere with plenty to do when I do have time off. Having spent the last 8 years of my life in the wonderful city of Richmond, VA, I was more or less looking for something similar. Being a decent sized southern city with a well-known restaurant scene, art, history, bike trails, and close proximity to some prime hiking and fishing spots, my interest was piqued. What sealed the deal for me, however, was interview day. Everyone I encountered from the Uber driver to the program director were so warm and welcoming. The residents were legitimately happy and my interviewers were genuinely interested in getting to know me beyond my application. Being interested in combined hospital medicine, I was greatly impressed by the Med-Peds hospital where many program graduates go on to work and residents can even rotate through as a hospitalist in the PGY4 year. There was nowhere else I interviewed with quite the same combination of location, community, and professional development

Jordan Nickols, MD

Hometown: Holtville, Alabama

Education:

Undergraduate:
Troy University (BS Biology)

Graduate:
University of South Alabama College of Medicine

Hobbies and Interests: I played sports growing up and even some baseball and rugby in undergrad. I still enjoy a good pick-up game or getting outside to hike or fish. However, my passion outside of spending time with my wife and son is now woodworking. I developed an interest in it throughout medical school and largely over the course of my 4th year.

Future Career Plans: I am sure that my mind is bound to change after being exposed to everything Med-Peds has to offer, but currently I am interested in being a general hospitalist.

Why I Chose Greenville Med-Peds: My wife and I are from Alabama and had no idea that one day we would make it up to the Carolinas. However, during my initial interview here it became obvious to me that the faculty, program director, and the program of Med/Peds maintained an environment that felt very much like a family. It was a friendly, warm, and welcoming. They spoke about resident wellness and caring about one another and it felt very genuine! During my time here I now know that it was genuine and the atmosphere here is infectious! These are the kind of people that make you a better physician by just being around them. The faculty and staff and residents from all the programs want to help and support you and raise up competent and caring residents. This includes residents who care about their colleagues as well as their patients. The academic environment here also seemed to be very strong and I knew that this program would invest in me and the physician that I would one day become. You will see all these traits during the interview and in addition to these things, the city of Greenville is beautiful and has endless activities for me and my family. We are extremely thankful for ending up here and could not be more excited about the years to come!

Kimberly Okafor, MD

Education:

Undergraduate:
James Madison University Class of 2014

Medical School:
University of Louisville School of Medicine Class of 2018

Leadership:
Secretary of the UofL SOM Chapter of the Gold Humanism Honor Society

Hobbies and Interests:
Photography, trying new restaurants, movie-watching, reading great books!

Future Career Plans:
I am very interested in a combined Global Health and academic medicine career path. I’m interested in establishing a clinic in Nigeria while still practicing in an academic hospital setting when I’m in the States with a possible Infectious Disease focus.

Why I chose Greenville Med-Peds:
GHS was the BEST possible place for me because they have all of the resources of a very large academic institution while still providing residents the closeness of a smaller community program. It was evident to me on interview day that the Med-Peds residents get very well trained on both sides, as seen by how comfortable they become practicing more independently. Yet, the Med-Peds community is very close and still retains their own identity. Since the catchment area for GHS is so large, residents get to see a lot and learn by doing. I also greatly appreciate the global health opportunities here and the chance to work with faculty to tailor my time here to my own goals. Most importantly, I chose GHS due to the community that already exists here. Everyone from the attendings to all of the supporting staff truly want residents to succeed. The expectations are very high but we are given to tools to meet them. Here, people care that you not only become a great physician but that you’re entire person is well cared for. I’m inspired by the camaraderie here and my colleagues inspire and encourage me to always do better.