Hometown: Savannah, Georgia
Medical School: Mercer University School of Medicine
Why I chose Greenville: GHS was my last stop on the residency interview trail and by that time, I had reluctantly accepted that I would have to sacrifice some of the things I wanted from a program wherever I chose to go. I was dreading ranking the programs because I felt that I needed all of the following in residency to become the skilled and well-rounded physician I hope to one day be: a balance between independence and supervision, such that I could truly practice medicine while learning from those with experience how to better my skills and acquire new ones, adequate experience to foster proficiency in both inpatient and outpatient medicine, opportunities to perform and become proficient at procedures (including intubation), and resources that allow residents to get involved in meaningful research. After my interview with GHS, I felt confident that I had not only found a program that satisfied all of these needs but also one that I felt a sense of belonging and community. My choice for number one on the rank list was effortless after this and further solidified by the realization that Greenville, SC was a place I really wanted to live.