Family Medicine – Columbia

Program Overview

Since 1977, the Family Medicine Residency Program based at Prisma Health Richland Hospital 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 Prisma Health Family Medicine Center, 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 family physicians in the Model of Care, outlined in the Future of Family Medicine report.

We are recognized as a Level-III Patient-Centered Medical Home—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. We also offer a rural continuity clinic track in nearby Fairfield County.

Residents in the Prisma Health–Midlands 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:

  • 16 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
  • A behavioral scientist
  • A clinical pharmacologist

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.