Research/Scholarship Advances

A direct line exists from innovation in medical education and research to the best health care. Read below to learn about advancements in our teaching and research areas that are transforming medical care.

Emergency Medicine Residency

GHS’ three-year Emergency Medicine Residency Program exposes residents to critical care, pediatrics and community emergency medicine. Residents also rotate through multiple medical and surgical subspecialties to gain experience in emergency medical services, ultrasound, toxicology and administration. The 10-person residency started in July and is the system’s 16th residency/fellowship. (See photo above.)

One advantage of offering graduate medical education is that doctors often stay where they train. That means the nationwide provider shortage may not be as critical here as elsewhere.

Research/Academic Snapshot

USC, GHS Expand Partnership

The University of South Carolina (USC) and GHS are expanding their partnership to include a focus on commercialization of innovative research and technologies that could improve the health of residents in South Carolina and beyond.

Under the agreement, USC’s Office of Economic Engagement will help identify opportunities for clinicians and others at GHS’ Health Sciences Center and the USC School of Medicine Greenville to connect with industry partners, bridging the gap between leading-edge health research and development of new patient treatments.

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Match Day Milestone

For the second year in a row, the USC School of Medicine Greenville’s senior class celebrated a 100% residency placement rate during the school’s annual Match Day ceremony. The Class of 2017’s residency placements included an array of specialty programs, such as orthopaedic surgery, radiology, pediatrics and neurology.

Written in Stone

Retired physician H. Harlan Stone, MD, and his late wife, Jean Martin Stone, have made a $2 million donation to create the Stone Chair of Surgery, a first-of-its-kind endowment for the system. The endowment will play an important role in the development, growth and stature of the GHS Department of Surgery, including the support of clinical research.

Dr. Stone held faculty positions at several teaching hospitals, including GHS and USC School of Medicine. Widely recognized for his contributions to teaching and research, Dr. Stone has published many scientific works and been involved in all major surgical societies.

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Public Health School Adds Greenville Program

USC’s Arnold School of Public Health has added a satellite program in Greenville. Faculty will work alongside clinicians at GHS to get a real-world look at what issues are keeping patients from living healthier lives. This partnership will help GHS develop practical ways to address health issues such as stroke, diabetes, heart disease and obesity in the community.

Researchers will look at ways to engage patients in healthy behaviors, improve communication between patients and providers, and identify technological approaches that can make care more efficient and less costly, such as telehealth. They also will look at maximizing care by improving practice organization and management.

The expansion is a partnership with GHS’ Health Sciences Center and USC School of Medicine Greenville that will focus on research and eventually allow students to receive graduate degrees in public health fields and degrees that combine public health with other health disciplines.

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Rural Track Residency Program Approved

Development of a Rural Track Residency program recently was approved for the Greer and Oconee campuses. At Greer, for example, there will be a Family Medicine residency with 18 residents, a General Surgery residency with 15 residents, a Psychiatry residency with 24 residents, a Neurology residency with 8 residents, an EM residency with 3 residents and 2 Sports Medicine Fellows. A residency clinic will be constructed on campus.

The programs are slated to begin in 2020 and 2021 and reach full capacity by 2025. A concerted effort will be made to retain the graduating physicians, thus increasing access for patients and reducing doctor shortages for the Upstate.

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