For more information about our program, please contact Kathleen McCloskey, program coordinator, at (843) 692-3497
How to Apply
Welcome Letter from our Program Director
We are delighted that you are interested in the Grand Strand Family Medicine Residency and we hope that you will take a serious look at our program! We are located in one of the South’s great family destinations. The sandy beaches, mild climate and endless area attractions, as well as state-of-the-art medical facilities and welcoming medical community, make Myrtle Beach an attractive place to learn as well as play.
The Grand Stand Medical Center Family Medicine Residency Program’s mission is to develop the next generation of physicians and physician leaders. As a part of HCA Healthcare, we are driven by a single mission: Above all else, we are committed to the care and improvement of human life.
This program is designed to offer residents a rewarding, educational environment where residents are provided individualized learning opportunities by faculty and staff who support and sustain one another throughout quality care delivery. Our faculty are committed to ensuring the residents' clinical experience and educational needs are fulfilled while expanding residents’ perspectives to be inclusive of cultures, values, and ideals
Affiliated with Grand Strand Medical Center in scenic Myrtle Beach, South Carolina, the Grand Strand Family Medicine Residency Program first opened its doors in 2017. As a three-year, fully ACGME accredited program, our goal is to train well-rounded, clinically competent family physicians who 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 provides 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 is strengthened by such care and service. 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 pathologies, performing procedures 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 have the opportunity to train at Grand Strand Medical Center, a 369-bed acute care regional hospital providing medical services for Horry and Georgetown counties. The hospital features one of the busiest Level I Trauma Centers in the state of South Carolina with 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. Residents see continuity patients in a modern, spacious outpatient clinic which opened its doors in 2020. The continuity experience is supervised by our excellent family medicine faculty.
In addition to the clinical facilities, residents participate in case scenarios in our state-of-the-art simulation training lab. This allows residents to learn and perfect clinical skills and procedures in a safe, nonthreatening environment. In these experiences, residents 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.
We strive to be innovators in the training of Family Medicine residents. One such example is the opportunity that residents have to recognize, evaluate and manage children who have been sexually or physically abused. This may include the performance of forensic medical exams, in collaboration with the Children’s Recovery Center, a local nonprofit Children’s Advocacy Center dedicated to the protection of child victims.
Additionally, our residents are exposed to the medical humanities throughout their training. This approach utilizes various art forms in order to foster physician empathy, enhance the patient-physician relationship, improve quality of care and patient satisfaction, and hopefully serve as the basis for lifelong self-reflection and physician wellness!
Get to Know the Team
J. Burton Banks, MD Program Director
Curriculum & Rotation Schedule
Our expertly crafted programs are designed to provide resident physicians with all the experiences and training necessary for professional success.
Family Medicine residents have the opportunity to enhance their educational experience through weekly half-day didactic sessions.
These sessions help fulfill the GME requirements for specialty training in family medicine and residents are expected to participate unless their clinical duties prevent them from doing so.
The curriculum includes a mixture of lectures, simulation, board review sessions, conferences and practice management sessions. All didactics are focused on core family medicine topics and are taught by faculty familiar with those topics.
- Medical Grand Rounds are generally held one afternoon monthly, in conjunction with the Internal Medicine program. Faculty and guest speakers discuss a broad range of topics relevant to clinical practice and graduate medical education.
- Morbidity and Mortality Improvement Conferences are held periodically as part of the didactic schedule. Residents present case-based discussions of cases from the inpatient or outpatient experience, with faculty assistance. Emphasis is placed on resident-driven quality improvement.
- Journal Club Conferences take place once monthly. These conferences are presented by an assigned resident who chooses the article, distributes it prior to the conference and leads the discussion.
- Case Conferences are held monthly. Residents present evidence-based reviews of interesting cases from the outpatient clinic or the inpatient service.
- Board Review Conference occurs monthly and will cover the expansive range of medical topics expected for competency to be a family physician. Online board review questions may be utilized to generate discussion and learning.
- General Lecture Series occur weekly. These lectures cover topics pertinent to the practice of family medicine ranging from obstetrics to geriatrics, consistent with the training requirements mandated by the ACGME. Each month is currently devoted to a specific theme.
- Business of Medicine/Practice Management Series focuses on practical and relevant management skills such as understanding insurance, coding and billing, financial planning, contract negotiation and healthcare policy. Residents also attend practice business meetings, in which financial details of the family medicine center are discussed and physician productivity is reviewed.
- Simulation is held at least one afternoon per month and covers topics in more detail utilizing a variety of formats. In addition to traditional clinical scenarios such as ACLS and BLS protocols and the unstable patient. Simulation sessions also focus on issues such as physician wellness, patient communication skills, and procedural skills.
Salary & Benefits Information
Frequently Asked Questions about our Family Medicine Program
Applications are accepted beginning mid-September for the following year’s class. Applications are reviewed on an ongoing basis. Our program only accepts electronic applications through ERAS (the Electronic Residency Application Service). The required documents for an application are the same as ERAS (at least three letters of recommendation, the Dean’s letter/MSPE, formal transcripts, USMLE/COMLEX transcripts and a personal statement). We would prefer that at least one letter of recommendation be from a Family Physician who is familiar with you and your academic performance.
All residency spots are filled through the NRMP (the “Match”). If you are an international applicant, ECGMG Certification is required prior to the start of residency.
Greater weight will be placed on candidates whose Step One/Two USMLE scores and/or Level One/Two COMLEX scores meet or exceed the following scores:
- USMLE Step One: 220
- USMLE Step Two: 237
- COMLEX Level One: 503
- COMLEX Level Two: 537
You are encouraged to take Step Three or Level Three prior to entering our program, although that is not required. However, you MUST complete Step Three or Level Three prior to the end of your PGY-1 year of training.
Applicants must have graduated from medical school within the last 2 years, unless they have been involved in military service or other public service and have remained active in the medical field.
We accept J-1 Visas on a case-by-case basis. We do not accept H-1 Visas.
The Family Medicine Residency program has 6 residents per year, for a total of 18 residents.
Grand Strand Medical Center is a 371-bed acute care hospital, providing medical services for Horry and Georgetown counties. The hospital features one of the busiest Level I 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. Our patient demographics are broad and include all age groups, a diversity of ethnicities, races and socioeconomic status. The spectrum of patients and pathology offers an excellent learning environment.
The Grand Strand Family Medicine Residency is committed to providing excellent specialty training for physicians in the field of Family Medicine. Training occurs in state-of-the-art medical facilities, located in one of the most popular tourist destinations in the South. We strive to provide a well-balanced curriculum that meets or exceeds the ACGME requirements for Family Medicine training, as well as giving residents unique experiences, such as the forensic evaluation of abused children, or perfecting their clinical skills in the simulation lab. In addition, emphasis is placed on achieving skills that enhance physician empathy, which can lead to better patient satisfaction and compliance, as well as improved physician satisfaction. While we pride ourselves on the quality of training and the close-knit group of faculty and residents who work together in a supportive environment, we also provide the opportunity to live, work and play in a coveted vacation destination, with sandy beaches, winding waterways, fresh seafood, hundreds of unique restaurants, gorgeous sunrises, mild climate, and low cost of living.