Welcome from the CMO and Dean

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James I. Raymond, MDThank you for considering graduate medical education at Palmetto Health. For more than 60 years, residency training has been a major mission of our institution. Along with our partner and close affiliate, the University of South Carolina School of Medicine, we offer training in 23 specialty and fellowship programs to more than 200 physicians and dentists. Our progressive faculty are committed to the most innovative and modern methods of teaching and patient care.

As a medical-school-affiliated, regional community teaching hospital, we offer our residents a unique atmosphere combining the sophistication of academia with the personal warmth of a community hospital. This mix of the traditional with the innovative provides an ideal matrix for the crucially important task of "learning to heal."

After reviewing our site, I hope you will consider visiting our facility, residents and faculty. I am confident that, once here, you will share our enthusiasm for this unique environment and for the educational opportunities we can offer you.

James I. Raymond, MD
Chief Medical and Academic Officer
Palmetto Health

Les Hall, MDThe University of South Carolina School of Medicine and Palmetto Health share a deep commitment to high quality medical education and outstanding patient care. The affiliation between our two entities provides the foundation for clinical and translational research opportunities. Resident physicians at Palmetto Health gain access to the latest in medical equipment, facilities and clinical programs. They also join a team that has a proven track record of delivering outstanding patient outcomes and promoting high levels of patient satisfaction. We believe that the best medical education occurs in settings offering the safest, high-quality care. The community orientation of the School of Medicine and the dedication of our faculty to quality teaching help ensure the type of supportive, collegial learning environment at Palmetto Health that is so crucial to the process of medical education.

Residents are a vital part of the academic life of the School of Medicine, both as students and teachers. When you visit our programs, we believe our residents will confirm that their opportunity to train medical students provides one of the most rewarding aspects of their educational experience. As faculty at the School of Medicine, we consider it an honor and a privilege to serve as physicians and therefore seek residents who share that vision. As a result, we feel it is our obligation to ensure that we provide the type of medical education and support that will prepare you to serve your patients and practice the best medical care.

Les Hall, MD
Executive Dean, University of South Carolina School of Medicine
CEO, Palmetto Health-USC Medical Group