Other Benefits

Other GME Applicant Benefits at Prisma Health–Midlands and the University of South Carolina School of Medicine Columbia

Certification Courses

Prisma Health–Midlands provides at no cost to residents the courses required for a particular program, such as the BLS, FCCS, ACLS, ATLS, NRP and PALS.


The South Carolina Medical Association provides each resident with membership.


• Limited medical license application fees ($150) are paid by Prisma Health. Limited medical license renewal fees ($150) continue to be paid by Prisma Health throughout residency/fellowship.

• Those residents/fellows interested in obtaining a S.C. permanently endorsed medical license will pay all fees and Prisma Health will reimburse $150 each academic year toward the biennial (2 year) license.

• S.C. permanently endorsed medical license renewal fees ($155 biennially) will be paid by Prisma Health throughout residency/fellowship. 


• Narcotics registrations (State DEA $125 – for one year period) will be paid by Prisma Health for medical residents each year throughout residency/fellowship.

• Narcotics registrations (Federal DEA $731 – for three-year period) will be paid upfront by Prisma Health for medical residents but prorated based on expiration and graduation dates; unexpired portion of registration fee will be deducted from final resident check. 


• USMLE Step 3 or COMLEX Step 3 – Up to $700 reimbursement for exam fees are paid by Prisma Health (one time only).


Travel expenses are paid at the discretion of the individual program. Travel allowances are provided for presenting at professional meetings.

Social Activities

Social events outside the hospital setting are arranged to help acquaint residents with each other and the Columbia area. Activities and seasonal functions organized by the Residents’ Auxiliary are organized throughout the year.

Additional Benefits

  • Meal allowance in Prisma Health cafeterias while on duty ($6 per meal period in 2019); discounts any other time. 
  • Allowance for journals, books and/or software. 
  • Up to four lab coats−cleaning provided. 
  • Health services, including vaccinations provided at HealthWorks. 
  • Free parking in designated areas. 
  • Discounts available on medicines, retail sales, area theaters, Riverbanks Zoo, recreational parks, selected fitness centers. 
  • Counseling, assessment, referral and education are provided by E-Care of Prisma Health; first five appointments each calendar year are provided at no cost to resident and immediate family. 
  • Free membership to USC’s Blatt PE Center and discounted membership to Strom Thurmond Wellness Center. $7 per pay period fee to access Y-Express sites at Prisma Health Richland and Baptist campuses. $12.50 per pay period fee to access Downtown YMCA. 
  • Numerous discounts from area retailers through Prisma Health’s Employee Discount Advantage program, available with hospital ID badge. 
Prisma Health team member benefits are subject to change.