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Program Overview

The Palmetto Health/USC Preventive Medicine Residency is a two-year residency in General Preventive Medicine and Public Health. The curriculum combines clinical and academic training with practicum experiences in a variety of public health and preventive medicine settings. During their training, residents develop skills in clinical preventive medicine as well as epidemiology, public health practice, research, quality improvement, program evaluation and health policy.   

The academic component of our program includes the completion of a Master of Public Health (MPH) degree at the USC Arnold School of Public Health (ASPH). The MPH program includes the core courses of biostatistics, epidemiology, health services policy and management, environmental health sciences; and health promotion, education, and behavior. In addition to the MPH coursework there are weekly residency didactic seminars, monthly journal clubs, interdisciplinary conferences and educational activities, and opportunities to attend professional conferences. Our program’s affiliation with the University of South Carolina provides residents with numerous options for engaging in teaching, research and scholarly pursuits. 

Residents apply their academic training during clinical and practicum rotations. Our residents learn about clinical preventive medicine, quality improvement and community health initiatives conducted throughout the Palmetto Health system. Furthermore, residents may elect to complete rotations with other health care organizations in our community such as the William Jennings Bryan Dorn VA Medical Center, Lexington Medical Center and Eau Claire Cooperative Health Centers. Clinical rotations include training in a number of practice settings such as primary care, occupational medicine, infectious diseases, and addiction medicine. Residents may also complete rotations in health administration as well as healthcare quality improvement. Our location in the state capital enables residents to gain experience with health policy and public health practice at both the state and regional levels.

Residents are also encouraged to pursue elective rotations with outside agencies such as the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH), and other national or local agencies. 

Eligibility Criteria

  • Successful completion of a PGY-1 internship year accredited by the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education (ACGME), American Osteopathic Association (AOA)*, Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada (RCPSC), or the College of Family Physicians of Canada (CFPC) with at least 10 months of direct patient care in both the inpatient and outpatient settings.
  • Applicants must pass USMLE or COMLEX steps 1 through 3 prior to enrolling in the program.
  • Applicants must be eligible for limited licensure in South Carolina.  
  • Acceptance into the program is contingent upon acceptance by the USC Arnold School of Public Health. Admissions information is available here.

* AOA accredited internships completed from June 2015 to the present.

Compensation and Benefits

Residents receive the standard competitive package of benefits offered to all Palmetto Health residents.  In addition, our program provides funding for graduate coursework at the USC Arnold School of Public Health. A complete list and full description of resident benefits is available here.

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