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Internal Medicine Residency Overview

Message from the Department Chair

Welcome to the Palmetto Health and University of South Carolina School of Medicine Internal Medicine program. I am humbled and honored to serve as the chair of the Department of Internal Medicine.

We are proud of our training programs and our residents, fellows and students. You consistently challenge us and allow us to provide better care for the patients we serve every day. Together with our partners at Palmetto Health Richland, the VA, and affiliated clinics, we provide a wide range of medical training programs. Please review our current training opportunities, which include integrated ultrasound curriculum for residents and medical students.

Our faculty members are dedicated to preparing future generations of physicians. Known for innovative approaches to teaching, many have been honored with awards for their excellence in medical student and resident education. The three-year internal medicine residency program provides rotations through a diverse array of subspecialties. Strong partnerships with Palmetto Health Richland hospital, the Palmetto Health-USC Medical Group and William Jennings Bryan Dorn Department of Veterans Affairs Medical Center provide an exciting training environment. Fellowships are available in cardiology, endocrinology, geriatrics, pulmonary diseases, infectious diseases and primary care ultrasound (the nation’s first).

Through the Palmetto Health-USC Medical Group, we provide general internal medicine and subspecialty services in rheumatology, pulmonary diseases and critical care, cardiology, geriatrics, allergy and immunology, sleep medicine, endocrinology, diabetes and metabolism, geriatrics, and infectious diseases. The entire faculty, along with residents and medical students, is involved through Palmetto Health Richland hospital in providing a tremendous amount of medical care to the underserved members of our community and state. The Dorn Veterans Administration Medical Center is a vital part of our program for education, patient care and research. At the Dorn VA, there has been tremendous expansion in cardiology, pulmonary/critical care, primary care, and research.

Our residents and students play a large role in shaping the educational atmosphere and programs. We listen to our constituency. Our residents are highly recruited locally and nationally for practice, hospital medicine, and academic medicine because they are well prepared for independent practice.

Helmut Albrecht, MD
Professor and Chair
Department of Internal Medicine

Message from the Program Director

Thank you for visiting our Internal Medicine Residency website. We are very proud of the quality of our training program. As Program Director, I am intensely committed to maintaining and improving the quality of the Internal Medicine training you receive with us, to fostering a collegial and nurturing atmosphere that will make you glad you chose to train here, and to assisting you in achieving your desired career goals.

Our training program stresses progressive responsibility and resident decision making. This is done by allowing resident autonomy with supervision by a dedicated teaching faculty that is appropriate to the level of training. We also stress learning by teaching, and we have USC medical students functioning alongside our residents. Our program operates out of two excellent hospitals with abundant pathology, both common and rare. Our outpatient continuity clinic has the atmosphere of a private practice with a fully dedicated teaching faculty to guide you as well as an extremely skilled nursing (ancillary) staff. Our residents and faculty have access to the most modern technical advances, but we still stress the gratifying skills of medical problem solving.

Whether your goal is subspecialty fellowships or general Internal Medicine practice, our residents have all been successful in finding the additional training or practice opportunities they desire.

I hope we have the chance to meet so you can see our training program and our city, and understand why we are so proud.

Mary Beth Poston, MD
Program Director
Department of Internal Medicine