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Message from the Director

Paul Bornemann, MDPracticing in the field of family medicine today is at the same time very challenging but also highly rewarding.  As family physicians, we must have a breadth of knowledge and a set of skills that expand across all areas of medicine. In addition, we must be adept at developing meaningful therapeutic relationships with our patients through the full span of their lives.  Needless to say, it is very important for a residency program in family medicine to have the tools to adequately prepare its trainees to practice effectively in this environment. Our residency program is equipped to provide residents with these tools and much, much more.

Palmetto Health is the perfect place to train because it is big enough to offer diverse experiences while still maintaining a focus on patient continuity. Our residents have the opportunity to care for complex patients in different specialty settings at the same time they develop meaningful relationships as personal physicians to their own patient panels. In the hospital, there is a family medicine Accountable Care Unit where our patients are admitted and where we have daily interdisciplinary rounds with nursing, pharmacy and case management. Service to our community is always at the forefront and continuity patients are seen in a Family Medicine Center that caters to the underserved population of the city. Residents also participate in care of patients at several free clinics including group prenatal care visits targeted to the local uninsured population. Because of all this our residents are well respected by the other specialties and have developed mutually beneficial relationships with the other programs in the hospital. Simply put, we have all the advantages of a large academic residency with none of the disadvantages.

However, above all of this, the people we work with are our greatest assets. Our faculty members are national experts in several areas including point-of-care ultrasound, endoscopy and dermatologic and gynecologic procedures. Several of our faculty are fellowship trained in areas that include global health, geriatrics, palliative care and sports medicine. Our program faculty and residents are intimately involved with our partner programs that include preventive medicine, global health, point-of-care ultrasound, and sports medicine. Additionally, our residents have the opportunity to develop mentoring relationships with our faculty thorough an advisor they may choose for an optional area of concentration. In doing so, a resident will have the opportunity to develop skills above and beyond the standard scope of family medicine and will work closely with a faculty expert in their chosen area. Areas of concentration include maternity care, global health, point-of-care ultrasound, academic medicine, endoscopy and more.

Finally, because family medicine is a constantly changing field, we are committed to continuously improving our practice and our residency. To do this we rely on a team of committed and creative people. This reality is foundational to how we practice and educate. So, I invite you to consider joining our program, where residents are partners in our practice, leaders in our institution, and shape our program's future. I welcome your interest and invite you to explore all we have to offer.

Paul Bornemann, MD
Program Director