To our Pediatric residency applicants,

As each of you approaches graduation from medical school, you will soon add the title of physician to the way you identify yourself. This title sets you apart as someone who has put in the many years of work and study to prepare yourself to care for others, but it also binds you to the people you serve. We realize that the physicians we recruit are defined not only by their success in medical school, but by many other characteristics that make them who they are as individuals.

As a healthcare organization, we are working to meet the challenge of caring for our community at all levels. We believe that having an inclusive physician workforce not only strengthens all of the members of our healthcare team, but also better enables us to care for those in our community. To this end, we are committed to recruiting, retaining and promoting physicians from a variety of racial, ethnic, gender identity, sexual orientation, age and physical ability groups. We also recognize and value the many life experiences and views that people develop based on where they grew up, their language, religion, military service, work history, socioeconomic status, family structure, and other factors.

We are dedicated to educating our healthcare team members about diversity and inclusiveness, to identifying and removing barriers to equity, and to celebrating both our uniqueness and our common goals. We expect all of our healthcare members to uphold this same respect for, and tolerance of each other and those under our care.

Each of our incoming residents adds a unique perspective to our vibrant culture. We look forward to the possibility of sharing this journey with you.

Care of Diverse, Underserved, and At-Risk Populations:

Our health system serves upstate South Carolina, including Greenville County, which is the most populous county in the state. Our resident clinics, Center for Pediatric Medicine (CPM) and the North Greenville Outpatient Center, represent the largest pediatric Medicaid clinic in the state. More than 90% of our patients are covered by Medicaid with an additional approximately 5% uninsured. Self-reported racial/ethnic categories for the families served are Hispanic/Latinx 38%, White 29% and African-American 28%, 4% Multiracial, <1% Native Hawaiian/Other Pacific Islander, <1% American Indian/Alaska Native. 28% Spanish-speaking as well 26 primary languages other than English represented. CPM also hosts a bimonthly clinic for children in immigrant families with medical complexity and will also be serving as a temporary medical home for unaccompanied immigrant children in a transitional foster care program beginning in the summer of 2021. CPM, in addition to the free-standing Adolescent Medicine office, are part of the Prisma Health LGBTQIA+ Patient care initiative and provide confidential, supportive, and affirmative care to adolescents and young adults, including access to cross-hormone therapy. Our pediatric residents are engaged in numerous projects to advance health equity and enhance access to care though advocacy projects based in our clinics, our hospital, and in partnership with community-based organizations

Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (DEI) Initiatives and Opportunities:

  • 2021 AAP Rome Visiting Professorship
    Racial Health Equity in South Carolina: Catalyzing Change
    Visiting Professor: Dr. Rhea Boyd, MD, MPH, FAAP
    Included sessions:

    • Common Language EDI Workshop
    • Resident and Faculty Development and Micro-Mentoring Sessions
    • Noon Conference- School to Prison Pipeline: Highlighting SC Specific Needs
    • Grand Rounds: “Anti-Racist Imperative for Medicine: On Racism and Child Health”
    • Noon Conference: “Careers in Advocacy” with Dr. Rhea Boyd
  • Pediatric Resident Diversity Committee
  • Pediatric URM Visiting Student Scholarship
  • Educational Conferences on LGBTQ sensitive care and Implicit Bias
  • Prisma Health and USC School of Medicine Greenville:
    • Graduate Medical Education Council Subcommittee on Diversity and Inclusion
    • Formation of a multidisciplinary faculty mentorship group
    • Faculty Development in Implicit Bias and Cultural Competence
    • Bilingual Employee Translator Program
    • Hispanic Medical Society
    • LGBTQ Patient Care Collaborative
    • Levi S. Kirkland Sr. MD Society
    • Women in Medicine and Science
    • Veterans Association
    • Mentorship opportunities with student organizations including
      • Latino Medical Student Association (LMSA)
      • LGBTQ Health Interest Group
      • Medical Students for Health Advocacy
      • Student National Medical Association
      • The Student National Medical Association (SNMA)
      • Supporting Women in Medicine