2017 marks the opening of our Family Medicine Residency Program, the newest of the GME training programs affiliated with Grand Strand Medical Center in scenic Myrtle Beach, South Carolina. Our goal is to train well-rounded, clinically competent family physicians that are capable of balancing the demands of medical practice with healthy personal lifestyles.

Primary care physicians are the foundation for quality healthcare, and Family Medicine can provide services unique to any other medical specialty. Our emphasis on treating the entire family, from birth to senescence, and involving a wide range of acute and chronic medical conditions as well as preventative care gives patients unparalleled continuity of care. The patient-physician relationship becomes strengthened by the services that family physicians can provide. For this reason, our curriculum emphasizes a strong grounding in the full scope of Family Medicine while at the same time providing the flexibility for residents to focus on their own particular clinical interests and needs. We strive to balance the needs of residents to be proficient in managing a wide range of pathology seen in the inpatient and outpatient settings, in performing procedures and in addressing the psychosocial aspects of patient care. We want our graduates to have the skills and compassion that will help build our program’s reputation as a leader in the nation.

Residents will have the opportunity to train at Grand Strand Medical Center, a 301-bed acute care regional hospital with a busy level II trauma center providing medical services for Horry and Georgetown counties. An expansion is currently underway, which will increase the number of critical care beds as well as medical –surgical beds to meet the needs of this rapidly growing community. The hospital features one of the busiest trauma centers in the state of South Carolina; Critical Care Units for medical, cardiac, neurology, surgical and pediatric patients; as well as a large obstetrics unit and a level II newborn nursery. Many of the medical staff are involved in teaching residents.

In addition to the clinical facilities, residents will have the opportunity to participate in case scenarios in our state-of-the-art simulation training lab. This will allow the resident to learn and perfect clinical skills and procedures in a safe, nonthreatening environment. In these experiences, residents will be able to work in groups to treat common medical emergencies as well as practice procedures such as Central Line Placement, Difficult Airway Management, Lumbar Punctures, Joint Injections, and Obstetric and Gynecologic procedures.

Although we are a new program, we are continually striving to become innovators in the training of Family Medicine residents. One example of this is a possible collaboration with the Children’s Recovery Center, a local nonprofit Children’s Advocacy Center dedicated to the protection of child victims. Additionally, our residents will have exposure to medical humanities throughout their training. This approach utilizes various art forms in order to foster physician empathy, thereby enhancing the patient-physician relationship and improving the quality of care as well as patient satisfaction, and hopefully serving as the basis for lifelong self-reflection and physician wellness.

As our program develops, so will our website. Keep checking back for more information as you begin your quest in the specialty of Family Medicine. For additional information regarding our program or the application process, please contact our Program Coordinator, Lauren Liszak, at Lauren.Liszak@hcahealthcare.com or call (843) 692-3497. Our NRMP number is 1761120C0.