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Palmetto Health Family Medicine is recognized as a Level-III Patient-Centered Medical Home (PCMH) – the highest possible designation from the National Committee for Quality Assurance (NCQA). This recognition is for giving patients a quality medical home, a health care setting that emphasizes partnerships between individual patients and their personal physicians.

Since 1977, the Family Medicine Residency Program at Palmetto Health Richland has taken pride in training more than 300 successful family physicians for South Carolina and the nation. Our graduates practice in all types of settings: the office, the hospital, the home, the classroom, in long-term care facilities and on the athletic field. Our strong history provides an excellent foundation for preparing you for modern practice. We are fully committed to training the family physicians in the Model of Care outlined in the Future of Family Medicine Report.

Residents in the Palmetto Health Family Medicine Residency Program are trained by faculty who love their life's work, who believe that they were "called" to Family Medicine, and who care deeply for their patients and this residency. Our faculty is large, diverse and committed to personalized education. They include:

  • 20 full-time family physicians
  • Sports medicine, geriatric, and maternity care specialists
  • Preventive medicine faculty
  • An active research division, with PhD and MD clinical investigators and an extensive research infrastructure
  • Two behavioral scientists
  • A clinical pharmacologist
  • Computerized information systems specialist

We emphasize full-breadth Family Medicine. Our diverse patient population offers broad exposure to all age groups. Our strongest areas include Adult Medicine, Child and Adolescent health, musculoskeletal medicine and office procedures. We also maintain our own maternity care service and a busy inpatient service. In addition to the required curriculum in any Family Medicine training program, our residents also have the opportunity to learn to perform office and emergency ultrasound, achieve certification in the Fundamentals of Critical Care Support and learn the core competencies needed to provide a patient-centered medical home.

Palmetto Health is dedicated to state-of-the-art care
We have a modern Family Medicine Center with a fully integrated electronic health record system. All patient rooms, resident offices, nursing and study areas are fully equipped with computers for instant access to patient records, prescription writing, lab and drug interaction data and online teaching resources. The Center features:

  • Video endoscopy for colonoscopy, flexible sigmoidoscopy and nasolaryngoscopy
  • Onsite laboratory facilities
  • Procedure rooms for stress testing, colposcopy, minor surgical procedures, casting, office pulmonary function testing and Holter monitoring

Palmetto Health Heart Hospital

We also have incredible hospital facilities. In January 2006, Palmetto Health Heart Hospital located on the main hospital campus, opened its doors, becoming the most advanced cardiac care facility in the area. Serving patients from the Midlands and all over central South Carolina, the $80 million, 200,000-square-foot hospital is the state's only freestanding facility dedicated entirely to the prevention, diagnosis and treatment of cardiovascular diseases. 


Prepared for the future? 
Our residents learn essential skills for practice management, including the fundamentals of continuous quality improvement, evidence-based practice and practice redesign. With these skills, graduates are ready to help transform primary care for their future patients and communities. This includes learning how to develop practices into medical homes, promote community wellness and develop you own educational needs around your future practice plans. 

USC football playersLike sports?
Our residents get the unique opportunity to care for NCAA Division I athletes from the University of South Carolina, as well as those from surrounding  smaller colleges and high schools in the Midlands area. Our department cares for all USC athletes and offers a Primary Care Sports Medicine Fellowship.
Life is good in Columbia

Located in the heart of South Carolina, it has everything to offer, but is not so big that it can't be "mastered" in three years. Specifically, the night life in the Vista District is designed around the young professionals.  Columbia also has excellent restaurants, a nationally ranked zoo and botanical garden, and local professional theatres presenting top quality performances. It is a very family-friendly town with access to lakes, parks, sports facilities, as well as excellent neighborhoods throughout the city and surrounding areas. With an average mean temperature of 65° and 226 days of sunshine, our climate gives year-round opportunities to enjoy the outdoors.   

We are recognized for our excellence! 
Our residents consistently excel and are leaders in our hospital system. Both the residency and the sports medicine fellowship have recently been awarded a five-year re-accreditation by the ACGME, with commendations for substantial compliance. 

We seek caring, compassionate individuals who want to develop their knowledge and skills to be able to care for patients from birth throughout life. We are patient-centered and family-committed. We look for individuals who desire an intense, broad-range residency education that will enable them to care for patients in any clinical setting, whether in a hospital, an outpatient clinic, ER, Labor & Delivery, or an ICU, and in any geographic location. We expect our residents to be leaders on campus and go on to positively impact their communities and Family Medicine as a discipline.

We prepare family medicine physicians for the future they envision for themselves. We're proud of our commitments to our community, personalized education, evidence-based practice, and the Future of Family Medicine. You will find no better place to prepare yourself for that future than Palmetto Health Family Medicine Residency. 



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