Prisma Health and the University of South Carolina School of Medicine Columbia and School of Medicine Greenville welcomed the newest class of first-year resident physicians following the matching process between medical students and residency programs.
Known as Match Day, on Friday, March 19, 177 medical students found out they had matched with Prisma Health either in the Midlands or Upstate. Ninety-two residents will join Prisma in the Upstate.
In a release on April 14, Prisma noted that 48 of the total number of medical students are graduates from Prisma Health’s affiliate medical schools, the University of South Carolina School of Medicine Columbia and the University of South Carolina School of Medicine Greenville.
Those entering the residency programs have earned a degree from an accredited medical institution and hold the title of Doctor of Medicine or Doctor of Osteopathic Medicine.
“It was a unique year for all of us in health care and residency recruitment was no exception,” says Dr. David Cull, vice president of academics and clinical integration at Prisma Health. “We are so proud to have, once again, filled all of our residency and fellowship positions … our success in recruiting the best and brightest to our programs is a testament to the high quality training experience these residents will receive once they arrive.”
Three new internal medicine fellowships in gastroenterology, infectious disease and pulmonary critical care are in the Upstate. The gastroenterology fellowship will be a three-year program, which will accept two fellows this year. Infectious diseases will be a two-year program and have one fellow. Pulmonary critical care will be a three-year program and will have two fellows.
“High-caliber medical students from across the country are increasingly recognizing the advantages of training at our unique academic health system and the opportunities it will afford our incoming medical professionals,” said Cull. “[Prisma’s] footprint spans two medical schools, a nursing school, a pharmacy school and multiple advanced practice provider training programs through our academic affiliates: University of South Carolina, Clemson University and Furman University.”
Residents have the opportunity to work across 18 acute and specialty hospital campuses and more than 300 practice sites, and about 70% of residents stay in the state to practice medicine, according to the health system.