Two years after completing her residency, Dr. Brittany Kizer Stovall is using experiences gained at the University of South Carolina School of Medicine Greenville to serve her patients with compassion.
“It’s super-rewarding — especially being in South Carolina, being home bred,” Stovall says. “It’s been wonderful.”
Stovall, who was part of the school’s first class to complete residency in 2019, practices at Internal Medicine Associates of Greenville for Prisma Health-Upstate. She is a general practitioner in outpatient primary care.
Like many fellow alumni and others currently in residence, Stovall stayed in-state to serve South Carolinians and improve the health and well-being of those in her community.
“Being with patients through tough times and going through life with them is very rewarding,” she says. She also enjoys working with residents.
“The best part of this job is helping people,” she says.
Working in outpatient primary care, Stovall has used the School of Medicine Greenville’s focus on compassionate care to better serve her patients. The school encourages its students to see health care beyond the office by getting to know patients, their families and the social determinants of health, such as obstacles at home, expenses and transportation issues.
Stovall says those experiences at the school provided a foundation for her care today.
“That whole premise of getting to know patients really transitioned into residency, helping in hospitals discharging patients and making sure they had everything they needed,” she says. “As the main doctor now taking care of them, I love to ask questions about their home life, like what family they have close by.
“You take care of the patient, but you also take care of the whole picture. Training in med school and what it stood for really helped me throughout residency and now private practice,” she says.
Additionally, the school’s partnership with Prisma Health-Upstate, together providing comprehensive medical education to students, proved invaluable for Stovall as she transitioned away from residency. Overall, the School of Medicine Greenville’s culture is what stood out the most for her.
“That sense of, you are our student, and we will help you become the best physician you can be, is really amazing,” she says. “That encouraging spirit and nature was great. That’s what really sets it apart.”