3rd Year Residents - Class of 2022

Lauren Clayton, MD

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

Autonomy and responsibility during residency:
I had such a hard time imagining myself as an Upper Level when I first started as an intern. But it’s so clear to me now how much we learn from our experiences and amazing faculty. They supported me when I needed hand-holding, but have pushed me to become my own medical decision maker! I feel very lucky to have had such fantastic attendings as role models and teachers.
My future plans:
I plan to practice general pediatrics in the outpatient setting. This residency allows for ample exposure to different subspecialties, private practices, newborn nursery, and inpatient pediatrics- all of which help make a great general pediatrician! I’ve always felt that the program leadership is supportive of me in whatever path I am headed down. They really want us to succeed!

Sarah Evins, MD

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

Favorite things about living in Greenville:
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.
What I will remember most about residency:
I will best remember the people for sure! Especially how supportive everyone is, all of the residents look out for each other and it really is a team sport.

Megan Griffis, MD

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

What has surprised me 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.
What I will remember most about residency:
The people! Getting to know everyone (residents, attendings, RTs, nurses, etc) has been awesome! Plus- the strongest bonds are formed a 3am on call at the hospital! We all know this!

Heather Jones, DO

Medical School: Edward Via College of Osteopathic Medicine – Carolinas campus
Undergrad: UNC Charlotte

My future plans:
I am applying for pediatric emergency medicine fellowship this application cycle. I have been able to tailor my 3rd year schedule to complete electives that align with my career plans. I have also met multiple mentors in various specialties during residency who provided guidance in deciding on my future specialty, helped me with getting published in an academic journal and supported me during the application process. I feel prepared for the next step in my career and am thankful for the role the pediatric residency has played in my graduate medical education.
Life as a resident:
Residency can be a busy time, but it goes by so quickly. You spend a lot of time working but the experience you gain and the relationships you build along the way make it all worth it. We all try to prioritize work-life balance, but this looks different for everyone. Some take this time for their families and others take it as an opportunity to get out and explore all that Greenville has to offer. You can usually find me walking my dog, Sebastian, in Falls Park and hitting up a nearby coffee shop afterwards or checking out one of the new restaurants on Main Street.

Ariel Martin, DO

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

What I will remember most about residency:
I think the most memorable part of residency thus far has been how close we all are as a program, from program leadership all the way down to the interns. Me and my classmates like to spend time together outside of work and anyone who has a baby (which has been quite a few over the last few years) automatically has 30+ aunts/uncles to help with their babies at any time. I know that the people I have met thus far will be lifetime friends.
My future plans:
I plan on pursuing a career as a Pediatric Hospitalist. I also want to continue to teach in my career, not sure what that will look like quite yet. Stay Tuned!

Saylor McCartor, DO

Medical School: Cambpell University
Undergrad: Texas Tech University

My future plans:
At the moment, I am planning on pursuing a PICU fellowship. Prior to that I’ll be the rising chief for the incoming 2022 class. My decision to do PICU speaks to the progression our program has in building your autonomy and confidence. We are one of very few programs (that I’m aware of) that complete a PICU rotation during our intern year. This gives you early exposure and helps you build confidence to, honestly, just know what a truly sick child looks like. You will do another PICU rotation as the senior resident during your second year, and then during your third year you will provide night coverage for the PICU. Since we do not have fellows in the PICU, I was able to work one on one with attendings making medical decisions and being first in line for procedures, even as an intern. Those early experiences that continue to progress built my confidence, knowledge base, and skill set that made me feel that I had the capability to pursue that career path. Our PICU faculty is astonishing (wins best rotation every year) and dedicated to our education. They also are so laid back and approachable it made it easy for me to discuss what life as a PICU attending was really like. My decision to pursue the chief position was based upon my love and belief in this program, education/academics, and the opportunity to see medicine from a more administrative side. I wanted to be able to give back to the program and residents while also obtaining experience for a future career in academic medicine.

Caroline Moorman, MD

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

My future plans:
Outpatient gen peds. The wide variety of “bread and butter” and complex pediatric conditions we see inpatient, in addition to the extensive amount of time we get in clinic has allowed me to see a wide range of patients and management styles to give me a good “toolkit” going in to outpatient practice.
Autonomy and responsibility during residency:
The attendings here do a great job encouraging us to “own” our patients and daily plans, even if it’s not exactly the same approach they would have taken. Residents get appropriate increase in responsibility as we advance, but the attendings are always willing and available to help at any time.

Paige Nettles, MD

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

What has surprised me 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.
Favorite things about living in Greenville:
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.

Sahar Rahim, DO

Medical School: Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine – Georgia Campus
Undergrad: Emory University

What has surprised me 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.
Life as a resident:
Life is what you make of it. Many of us come into residency thinking we’ll be void of free time, mentally prepared to make sacrifices for the sake of our medical training. While it’s true that we are busy, seldom are we too busy for what’s important to us. I’ve personally found time to read, exercise, visit family… and plan a wedding during residency! Many of my colleagues have been pregnant and are now happily raising families. Time is scarce so you quickly learn what’s most important and fulfilling to you, then you find a way to carve those things into your schedule, no matter how challenging it may seem. And, with that, comes a tremendous amount of happiness and appreciation for the free time you do have. Like many things in life, the thought of residency has been more daunting than the experience itself!

Megan Smith, MD

Medical School: University of Louisville
Undergrad: Lindsey Wilson College

What has surprised me 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.
Favorite things about living in Greenville:
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.

Brittany Williams, MD

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

Why I chose Greenville:
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.
What has inspired me 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.