For more information about our program, please contact Becky Sterling, program coordinator, at (843) 692-1118.
How to apply
The Grand Stand Medical Center Internal 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.
The Internal Medicine Residency Program at Grand Strand Medical Center is a three-year, ACGME accredited program with a total of 39 residents.
Our educational model is built around interactive small group teaching sessions and one-on-one interaction with faculty who are passionate about delivering high-quality, patient-centered, evidence-based care.
We work to integrate our residents into our medical culture by encouraging involvement in hospital committees, quality improvement projects, scholarly research activities and scholarly presentations.
We strive to create a family-friendly work environment, with a specific emphasis on resident wellness and resiliency. Our goal is to mold our residents into well-rounded, excellent physicians and individuals who will positively impact the field of medicine and our society in the future.
Grand Strand Health is a rapidly growing health system based in Myrtle Beach, SC. The health system is comprised of one acute care hospital (Grand Strand Medical Center), two freestanding ER facilities (South Strand Medical Center and North Strand ER) along with outpatient medical services, and Behavioral Health Center.
Grand Strand Medical Center is home to the busiest trauma center in the state of South Carolina as well as award-winning programs in cardiovascular disease, stroke care and orthopedic care.
Get to Know the Team
Victor E. Collier, MD, FACP 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.
Our conference series includes academic half-day, Monday noon conference, board review, intern lecture series, case conference, ultrasound and simulation.
|Monday||Noon – 1:00pm||Rotating series of Journal Club, MMI, Business of Medicine, PD Meeting and Inquiring Minds|
|Tuesday||12:00pm – 12:30pm||Intern Lecture series|
|Tuesday||12:30pm – 1:00pm||PD Case Conference|
|Tuesday||3:00pm – 4:00pm||Senior Board Review|
|Wednesday||2:00pm – 5:00pm||Academic Half Day|
|Thursday||12:30pm – 1:00pm||Case Conference|
|Friday||12:30pm – 1:00pm||Case Conference|
|3rd Friday of the month||Noon – 1:00pm||Grand Rounds|
All PGY1 residents who are not on night rotations and all PGY2 and PGY3 residents who are not on either ICU or night rotations are required to attend.
Conferences consist of five rotating topics.
- Business of Medicine: Covers practical and relevant skills for residency and beyond including topics such as financial planning, preparing a CV, job interview skills and overview of health care policy.
- Morbidity and Mortality Improvement: PGY1 presents a case. PGY2 resident constructs a fishbone diagram looking at processes relating to a given outcome. PGY2 and PGY1 residents work together to create and implement an improvement plan. The goal is to have a QI project come out of each MMI.
- Journal Club: PGY1, PGY2 and PGY3 residents work together to present six articles each session. The goal is to provide a brief overview of the most up-to-date literature in Internal Medicine.
- IM Business Meeting: Program Director-led conference with emphasis on education and updates on processes and procedures in the hospital and residency program.
- Inquiring Minds Want to Know: PGY2 led conference. Each resident spends 30 minutes presenting an evidence-based answer to an outpatient and an inpatient clinical question.
All PGY1 residents (not on night rotations), all PGY2 and PGY3 residents (not on ICU or night rotations) are required to attend.
Case conference is run by the program directors and faculty. This thirty-minute conference highlights a case encountered on the wards or a theoretic case to highlight recently published guidelines.
The goal of the case conference is to develop a problem list into a differential diagnosis. Faculty help residents improve clinical reasoning skills to work through the case by focusing on evidence-based diagnostic workup.
Senior residents are responsible to develop an illness script to add to the program’s library.
Tuesday's case conference is led by the program directors. PD conference is an unknown case to introduce recently published guidelines or a rare case to develop clinical reasoning skills.
Thursday and Friday case conferences are cases from the teaching wards presented on a rotating system by each ward's team.
All PGY-1 residents (not on night rotations), all PGY-2 and PGY-3 residents (not on ICU or night rotations) are required to attend.
Academic half day is held every Wednesday from 2:00pm - 5:00pm. This conference series is a repeating 18-month curriculum in based on the ABIM board blueprint. The 2:00pm - 4:00pm time slot is dedicated to case-based, small group, interactive discussions of topics encountered during the practice of Internal Medicine and on the American Board of Internal Medicine certification exam. We attempt to move away from the standard PowerPoint lectures and emphasize a flipped classroom with reading assigned prior to each weekly discussion.
The 4:00pm - 5:00pm time slot is a rotation series of board review, resident led show and tell (small clinical vignettes), case based visual diagnosis (CXR, CT, peripheral smears, skin lesions, ID, etc.), EKG review, clinical reasoning, and board review.
Senior Board Review
This conference is required for all PGY-2 and PGY-3 residents not on night float. Board review sessions are faculty led, question-based sessions, which develop testing taking strategies and medical knowledge.
Intern Lecture Series
This conference series is open for all residents but is designed for intern-level topics. The goal of this series is to develop a better understanding of how to approach common topics in internal medicine.
This high yield conference includes such topics as COPD exacerbations, C. diff colitis, inpatient fever, and altered mental status. Interns will develop a diagnostic schema for various complaints.
The last two months of the intern lecture series are focused on clinical reasoning skills.
Three times a week the clinic residents participate in a faculty-led, outpatient topic discussion. This is based on the Yale outpatient curriculum and assigned Hopkin’s modules. Formal ultrasound training occurs during Tuesday ultrasound and simulation sessions.
Frequently Asked Questions about our Internal Medicine Program
Applications are accepted beginning September 15 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 two letters of recommendation, the Dean's letter/MSPE, formal transcripts, USMLE/COMLEX transcripts and a personal statement).
All spots are filled through the NRMP (the Match). If you are an international applicant, ECFMG Certification is required prior to the start of residency.
Applicants must have passed USMLE (United States Medical Licensing Examination) Step 1 and have taken both components of Step 2 and/or have passed the COMLEX (Comprehensive Osteopathic Medical Licensing Examination) Level 1 and have taken both components of Level 2.
The Internal Medicine program has 13 PGY–1, 13 PGY-2 and 13 PGY–3, for a total of 39 residents.
Grand Strand Medical Center is a 371-bed acute care hospital that serves a diverse patient population. Patient demographics are broad including age ranges from adolescents to young active families to active retirees. The spectrum of patients and pathology offers an excellent learning environment.
We accept J-1 Visas on a case by case basis. We do not accept H-1 Visas.
We are a growing community Internal Medicine program with a diverse patient population. Our educational model is built around interactive small group teaching sessions and one-on-one interaction with faculty who are passionate about delivering high quality, patient-centered, evidence-based care.
We work to integrate our residents into our medical culture by involvement in hospital committees, quality improvement projects, scholarly research activities and scholarly presentations. We strive to create a family friendly work environment with emphasis on resident wellness and resiliency. Our goal is to mold our residents into excellent physicians and individuals who will positively impact the field of medicine and our society.