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Message from the Chief Residents

First and foremost, we would like to thank you for taking an interest in the Prisma Health–Midlands/University of South Carolina Orthopedic Surgery Residency Program. We would like to take a moment to detail the many great attributes that make our program outstanding.

There are many strengths to our program, but we would like to highlight a few that we believe make us unique. Our early operative experience is unparalleled. Starting on day one, residents have a tremendous opportunity to become involved in a variety of operative procedures. Our model represents our firm belief of distributing the workload evenly and creating surgical experiences for our residents early and often.

Our research opportunities are numerous. The program has renewed its focus on research with the addition of Dr. Jackson as a research director and employing a dedicated research coordinator. Each resident will participate in a self-designed, mentored project with the goal of a publication or presentation at a regional or national meeting. Our current residents have done presentations at AAOS, Southern Orthopedic Association, South Carolina Orthopedic Association, South Carolina Medical Association, Eastern Orthopedic Society, OREF/ORS Resident Research Symposia, Kimbrough Moore Resident Research Day, American Foot and Ankle Society, American College of Sports Medicine, Orthopedic Trauma Society, Pediatric Research in Sports Medicine and the Discover USC/Resident Research Day. 

The curriculum and didactic schedule offer a wide range of experiences and learning to allow comprehensive education in both general and subspecialty training. The program revolves around a two-year cycle in which a resident rotates through all subspecialties in years 2 and 3 and again in years 4 and 5. This allows residents to familiarize themselves with each subspecialty before choosing a fellowship path. The variety of attending physicians also provides for an excellent opportunity to have connections across the world. All subspecialty lectures are taught by an attending and we have an orthopedic oncology attending guest lecture once a month. Didactics occur each morning, allowing us to spend more time concentrating on clinical duties.

Lastly, we—the residents—are our program’s greatest strength. As a small, but growing program, it is imperative that we function well as a team. We truly enjoy spending time with each other whether it is having dinner after our wet labs, participating in leisure activities at the South Carolina Orthopaedic Association meeting we attend with our spouses/significant others on a yearly basis, exploring the city together, or relaxing on Lake Murray. Our social chair also provides monthly activities for friends and family to come together and pursue a work-life balance for our residents, which we highly encourage. Our goal is to transform you into a fantastic orthopedic surgeon while maintaining your life.

We urge you to seriously consider this program and all that it entails. If you have any questions along the way, please feel free to contact us. 

We look forward to meeting you during interviews!

Tom Ergan, MD, chief resident
Adam Money, MD, chief resident