2nd Year Residents

Ariel Martin, DO

Medical School: Edward Via College of Osteopathic Medicine – Carolinas campus
Undergrad: University of Central Florida

What has been the best part of your residency experience to this point?
Becoming part of a team that feels more like a family. Everyone in the program is so welcoming and open. I always feel like I can talk to my upper levels, attendings and subspecialists about patient care. Program leadership is always readily available to talk regardless of the time of day or the topic. I feel more supported by my team members and program than I thought possible.
In your time here, what has surprised you or inspired you along the way?
I am inspired by my teammates every day. Their devotion to providing the best possible patient care, no matter the sacrifices they have to make. Everyone’s wealth of knowledge inspires me to better myself each day and aspire to reach their level of compassion, knowledge and personalized patient care.

Brittany Williams, MD

Medical School: U of SC School of Medicine Columbia
Undergrad: Georgia Southern University

What has been the best part of your residency experience to this point?
The best of residency thus far has been having a sense of continuity of care which is personally one of the most fulfilling parts of medicine. We often see some of the same patients in multiple settings ranging from the NICU/newborn nursery, the wards, and the clinic. Being able to follow patients as they grow and becoming a part of their family makes residency an even more rewarding experience.
During my interview here, it was very evident that this program wanted to get to know what was important to me for my both my personal and professional goals. It was so refreshing to have a program that wanted to know me as an individual and not just what I had to offer as a future resident. Daily I get affirmations that those gestures were genuine efforts from both the attendings and coordinators.
In your time here, what has surprised you or inspired you along the way?
I have been inspired by the Bradshaw Institute and the On Track Greenville initiative while I have been here. I have a personal interest in working with underserved populations and advocacy. Both programs have found ways to holistically approach the wellness in children by coordinating community resources to address health disparities. I hope to learn as much as I possible from both programs so that I can utilize these tools wherever I go to help improve the health of communities I work in.

Caroline Hendricks, MD

Medical School: Medical University of South Carolina
Undergrad: University of South Carolina Honors College

How did the city of Greenville factor into your decision-making?
Greenville is a great location with lots of great restaurants and things to do.
In your time here, what has surprised you or inspired you along the way?
The degree of autonomy we have- we get to manage patients with oversight from attendings but largely get to make management decisions ourselves. The best part of residency has been the collegial atmosphere of residents.

Heather Jones, DO

Medical School: Edward Via COM – Carolinas Campus
Undergrad: UNC Charlotte

How did the city of Greenville factor into your decision-making?
Greenville is a great “small big city”. It is just big enough to give to access to great food and a variety of entertainment options but small enough that you can get just about anywhere in 20 minutes or less. It also has excellent approximation to many fun road trips including Asheville and Charleston. It also put me close to family.
In your time here, what has surprised you or inspired you along the way?
I am always surprised about the weird and interesting cases we get. Along with the bread and butter pediatrics that we are very well trained in it always keeps you on your toes and teaches you what to do and how to figure things out when you don’t know the next step.

Lauren Clayton, MD

Medical School: U of SC School of Medicine Greenville
Undergrad: Clemson University

What has been the best part of your residency experience to this point?
The best part of residency has been the new friendships and relationships that I’ve made- not only with other residents, but also with attendings, sub-specialists, nurses, RT’s, therapy dogs, etc!
In your time here, what has surprised you or inspired you along the way?
The days are long, but the year is short and it’s encouraging to look back and realize all the growth, learning, and progress that happens in just one year!

Megan Griffis, MD

Medical School: University of Tennessee
Undergrad: New Mexico Institute of Mining and Technology

How did the city of Greenville factor into your decision-making?
Greenville is such a great place to live. It’s not too big, but has a lot of amenities. The food scene is AMAZING. My husband and I found a really great church community as well.
In your time here, what has surprised you or inspired you along the way?
I was surprised by how open and honest everyone is. Residency is hard wherever you go, but everyone here has been so supportive and honest about their experiences.

Megan Smith, MD

Medical School: University of Louisville
Undergrad: Lindsey Wilson College

How did the city of Greenville factor into your decision-making?
I have found Greenville, SC to be a wonderful new place to live. There are so many opportunities to explore nature – from a waterfall downtown to a bunch of nearby hiking trails, and the beach is only a few hours away.
In your time here, what has surprised you or inspired you along the way?
One thing I was surprised about at the start of residency is the extent of just how helpful everyone is. Everyone really looks out for each other here. My co-residents are the best, so fun and supportive. The attendings are great as well and I continue to learn so much from them.

Paige Nettles, MD

Medical School: U of SC School of Medicine Greenville
Undergrad: Clemson University

How did the city of Greenville factor into your decision-making?
Greenville is amazing!! There is always something to do during the week and weekends. Your weekends can include getting up to go to the farmer’s market for breakfast and produce then taking a quick 30-45 minute drive to the mountains for a day hike. You can end your day then going to one of the many amazing restaurants that are downtown and throughout town. Greenville also has street concerts several nights a week during the summer time which is a great way to unwind after work. Greenville has big city amenities with the small city feel.
In your time here, what has surprised you or inspired you along the way?
I am continually surprised by how accessible all the subspecialty physicians are to residents. It never feels intimidating to reach out during your primary clinic to a subspecialist with a patient question.

Sahar Rahim, DO

Medical School: Philadelphia COM – Georgia Campus
Undergrad: Emory University

How did the city of Greenville factor into your decision-making?
Great quality of life! Greenville is such an attractive city and there’s always something fun to do here. The restaurant scene here is incredible and it seems you have all the perks of a big city without the hassle. I wanted a program close to home and have been lucky enough to visit family at least once a month in Atlanta. Greenville’s location near major metropolitan cities is a huge asset.
In your time here, what has surprised you or inspired you along the way?
I’ve been pleasantly surprised by how nice everyone is here! People are always going out of their way to help you without asking for anything in return. Even when you’re having a bad day, you’ll always be met with a smile or pleasant greetings on the way home. For me, it’s the little things that have made a huge difference in my residency experience. Sure, I’m tired and probably a little sleep-deprived at times — but never unhappy.

Sarah Evins, MD

Medical School: U of SC School of Medicine Greenville
Undergrad: Davidson College

What has been the best part of your residency experience to this point?
The best part about residency so far has definitely been the people that I work with – all of my co-residents and attendings have been so supportive, understanding, and encouraging. They make the tough days fly by!
How did the city of Greenville factor into your decision-making?
I went to medical school in Greenville, and love the city so much I couldn’t imagine living anywhere else – the outdoor activities such as nearby hiking and the swamp rabbit trail, the restaurants, and the community help to provide an escape from the hospital and the perfect work life balance.

Saylor McCartor, DO

Medical School: Cambpell University
Undergrad: Texas Tech University

What has been the best part of your residency experience to this point?
Throughout residency, what I’ve appreciated the most is the relationship between our administration/faculty and the residents. Every person is on a first name basis and everyone has an open door policy. I think the dedication and passion for teaching is second to none, but I feel like the support of the administration has made the transition to being a new doctor very smooth.
In your time here, what has surprised you or inspired you along the way?
I have been most surprised by the level of autonomy given and the opportunity to practice my own clinical judgement. Everything is very hands on during ICU months and I was intubating by the second day in NICU which really led me to quickly gain some confidence with sicker patients. On wards they want you to be seen as the primary physician for the team and you are given the chance to make clinical decisions every day. However, you always feel very supported by your co-residents and attending so that transition to autonomy comes at a very natural pace.