Hometown: Wixom, Michigan
Medical School: University of Kentucky
Why I chose Greenville: I chose the GHS IM Program for a number of reasons. First and foremost, I wanted a program that was large enough to offer the resources, infrastructure, and benefits of a major health care system, yet small enough to feel like a close-knit family. What I didn’t want was a program where the residents couldn’t tell the interns apart from the applicants at interview dinners. That certainly wasn’t the case at GHS (or PRISMA Health now). From all of my interactions with the staff, residents, and program leadership, I loved how everyone was so supportive, friendly, accessible, collegial, smart, and down-to-earth. Kristie Stone was very helpful with setting up my interview and Dr. Dendy showed genuine interest in getting to know me while I was there. The program has had a lot of success with board pass rates, job placement, and fellowship match. Plus, I learned the residents get a lot of procedures and face time with attendings since there aren’t any fellows.
Another important factor in my decision was finding a residency that placed value on resident work-life balance. Residency is inevitably long hours and hard work, but the program at GHS does a great job of providing their residents with the support they need to be successful during their training. I ranked GHS number one and I couldn’t be happier with my decision. The hospital has modern facilities, friendly staff, great benefits, and Chil-Fil-A (RIP cholesterol). Plus, the city of Greenville drew me in from the moment I arrived. The downtown is charming, the food/brewery scene is fantastic, the cost of living is affordable, and the people are so nice! It’s a great community situated less than half a day’s drive from Asheville, Knoxville, Charlotte, Atlanta, Columbia, Charleston, and Savannah! If you’ve read this far, come see for yourself!