Building a career in pediatrics extends far beyond the clinical training of residency and the knowledge needed to pass the boards. Pediatric physicians also become leaders in their field, educators, advocates, and researchers, in addition to cultivating their personal and family lives.
Residents are encouraged to explore these interests through involvement in clinical research and quality improvement projects, our longitudinal advocacy curriculum, teaching opportunities, and international rotations. Our goal is to nurture a resident interest in these areas through faculty mentorship and program support.
The Pediatric Residency Mentorship Program fosters opportunities between designated faculty members and residents to build relationships that extend beyond academic development or clinical teaching. Each of our volunteer mentors is assigned a group of 3-4 Pediatric and/or Med-Peds residents, with a balance between interns and upper levels. These groups meet periodically at local venues or each other’s homes. Rather than a career or specialty advisor, these faculty are meant to be advocates and resources for life issues that face physicians and to address the well-being of our residents.
Greenville residents get early exposure to subspecialties and have an excellent track record of successful pediatric subspecialty matches. In 2017, Dr. Sudha Garimella joined the residency team to provide additional assistance to residents preparing for and applying to fellowship programs. Prior to joining Prisma Health, Dr. Garimella helped lead the Pediatric Nephrology Fellowship at SUNY Buffalo. She is also an actively funded researcher, pursuing projects including biomarkers for obesity related chronic kidney disease. Dr. Garimella acts as a resource to residents in identifying both internal and external subspecialty mentors, developing subspecialty research and quality improvement projects, grant and manuscript submission, as well as CV and fellowship application planning.
Sudha Garimella, MD