Welcome From Our Program Director

Thank you for your interest in training with Grand Strand Health! Our Transitional Year Residency Program launched in 2016, and we are excited about the continued growth of Graduate Medical Education at our institution and the wonderful academic opportunities it provides.

Our Transitional Year residency program accepts 12 residents each academic year for one year of post-graduate training to prepare them for subsequent residencies in medical, surgical and other specialties. The Transitional Year curriculum is tailored to meet all ACGME requirements for PGY-2 advancement in areas such as Anesthesiology, Radiology, Dermatology, Ophthalmology, Radiation Oncology and Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation while providing broad exposure to a variety of surgical and medical subspecialties.

Our inaugural class hailed from across the United States and around the world, with a breadth of personal and professional interests. We welcomed our second and third classes in July 2017 and July 2018 respectively. They too are extremely diverse in both their academic pursuits and individual passions. We consider all candidates who apply to our program through the ERAS application service.

The Transitional Year Residency is sponsored by the Internal Medicine Residency Program of Grand Strand Health. The faculty is comprised of approachable, dedicated teachers who take pride in molding trainees into excellent physicians, and the upper level residents in programs across our institution are excited to work with and teach Transitional Year residents on their services.

Grand Strand Medical Center, part of Grand Strand Health, is an acute care hospital and is home to one of the busiest Trauma Centers in the state. You will be exposed to a broad range of pathology to provide you excellent training while learning evidence-based care approaches with a focus on high quality, efficient, safe patient-centered care. All residents participate in quality improvement projects and are expected to engage in independent academic research. Through affiliations with the University of South Carolina, VCOM (The Edward Via College of Osteopathic Medicine) and a robust HCA Corporate Library, we provide access to library resources, research support and the opportunity to work with medical students to sharpen your teaching skills.

A specific emphasis of our program is on the development of leadership skills to take forward to your future residency program -- and ultimately to your overall medical career. From a didactic lecture series on the business of medicine, to a Transitional Year-specific leadership curriculum, our institution places a high value on your career development and equipping you with the skillset you will need to effectively practice medicine in the twenty-first century.

The goal of our program is to provide a healthy work-life balance that provides an excellent clinical experience while allowing you time to experience our beach community and the surrounding area. After you evaluate programs and see all the benefits our program has to offer, we sincerely hope you will consider us for training. Welcome to Grand Strand!


Vinod E. Nambudiri, MD, MBA
Program Director
Transitional Year Residency Program