Hometown: Summerfield, North Carolina
Medical School: University of South Carolina, Greenville
Why I Chose Greenville: It is natural for residency applicants to compare each program they interview to their home institution. In my case, I was comparing every program to the internal medicine program here at Prisma Health-Upstate. What I found was that Greenville offered a unique combination of attributes that was unmatched anywhere else. The first thing that stood out to me was the people. You will not find a more welcoming and friendly program director and leadership group. The faculty is genuinely interested not only in your success as a resident, but in you as a person as well. As a student I observed a very collegial atmosphere among the residents. Everyone is willing to help one another improve, and there are numerous resident-led activities outside of the hospital. This is a nationally recognized internal medicine program, and its graduates pursue an array of post-residency endeavors. It was important to me to go to a place that would allow me to have plenty of options upon completion of my training. As a student here, I was able to work with residents who are now in competitive fellowship programs or are working for respected health systems. Lastly, it is really hard to beat life in Greenville. Downtown is beautiful and has many great restaurants. My wife and I love to walk and bike on the Swamp Rabbit trail. The mountains are an hour away, and the beach is 3 hours away. For my wife and me, Greenville offers the total package and we are thrilled to be here.