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Med-Peds Residents

Andy Nielsen, MD University of Tennessee • Fourth Year• Chief Resident
Having lived the first 27 years of my life in West Tennessee, I decided that I wanted to try something new during residency. Being a 'small-town guy', I was looking for a residency with a strong sense of community and camaraderie, and clearly a strong academic program in both medicine and pediatrics. With that being said, I went all over the eastern part of the country for residency interviews. At MUSC, I found the perfect blend of community with the residents and faculty, an amazing city filled with history, some of the most incredible restaurants in the country, and the Atlantic ocean fifteen minutes from downtown! The smaller Med-Peds group was the perfect fit for me and the categorical sides were a nice medium size, so I knew it would be easy to fit right in! My interview at MUSC was fairly early in the season, and every week or so I would reevaluate my list, and every week MUSC was at the top. I can't begin to describe the quality of the program, faculty, residents and city, it's simply something you have to see for yourself! Come visit soon!
Sonia Savani, MD • University of South Alabama • Fourth Year• Chief Resident
Finding a residency program to call your new home is definitely a daunting process. I remember being absolutely terrified I was never going to be able to find one that fit me perfectly. I was looking for a strong academic center that gave me diverse opportunities to explore Med/Peds, equally strong categorical programs, and a place where Med/Peds had its own presence and identity. In addition to that (and most importantly), I needed a place where the residents were truly happy. When I came to MUSC, I was struck by how supportive everyone was: the residents, faculty, administration…everyone. There was a level of camaraderie that I saw on my externship and then again on my interview day that stayed with me. Residency is a tough time all around anywhere you go, but having people around you that are there encouraging you every step of the way is something that should not be taken for granted. I’ve only just started my residency program here at MUSC, and I could not be happier with my choice.  It truly has everything that I was looking for. The small Med/Peds class size leads to a tight, close-knit community of people that will become your family and your biggest cheerleaders, and the categorical Medicine and Pediatrics programs are both very strong and easy to integrate into. At MUSC, not only will get you get an incredible training experience preparing you for ANY route you would like to go, but you will also meet amazing people along the way in one of the most beautiful cities in this country.  I could talk about it all day, but come see us and find out for yourselves!! I look forward to meeting you!
KC Head, MD George Washington • Third Year
I was looking for a Med-Peds program that offered quality academics, exposure to a wide variety of patients and populations, and (most importantly) a friendly and supportive environment. The moment I landed in Charleston for the interview, I was welcomed by its charm and hospitality. My fellow residents are not only amazing colleagues and teachers, but a wonderful support through the hectic times of residency. I couldn't have asked for a better match! My favorite part about living in Charleston is having unlimited access to the beach on my days off. I also enjoy exploring local restaurants with friends and just taking in the beauty of South Carolina on a sunny day.
Mithu Maheswaranathan, MDMUSC • Third Year
Having attended medical school at MUSC, I witnessed and experienced the many strengths of our Med/Peds and categorical programs.  Going into the application process, I was interested in exploring many programs and traveled extensively across the East Coast.  After the end of the interview cycle, I realized that MUSC would offer me one of the best experiences possible for residency training: a strong academic program balanced by supportive residents and faculty, a close-knit Med/Peds family with effortless integration with the categorical programs, and a beautiful city to enjoy when out of the hospital.  From the excellent teaching at morning reports to resident-driven abstracts or research projects, or the community bread and butter cases to challenging rare presentations given the large referral area, MUSC offers so many learning experiences for residents in training.  This is a place where faculty and residents are passionate, driven, and supportive with an enthusiasm that is contagious.  I am so happy to continue my medical training here for residency, and hope you come visit us to see for yourself what all MUSC has to offer!
Dustin Fowler, DO, TCOMMUSC • Second Year
Coming from North Texas, where there is a noticeable lack of Med/Peds presence, I afforded myself the opportunity to travel far and wide to find a place that my family and I could call home for the next 4 years. I found myself drawn to programs that balanced both the rigors of incorporating two residency programs, while maintaining a healthy identity as a med-peds physician. The program director, residents, and faculty really stood out to me as people who loved what they do, and are genuinely joyful people to be around everyday. I love how I get to train at a program with expansive resources, yet my experiences are not diluted by competing with large categorical programs. MUSC also has ample fellowship opportunities, and I know that I will have great exposure on both medicine  and pediatrics to subspecialty career choices. All that being said, my wife and I fell in love with this city and the people here. It is such an honor to be a part of the Charleston community, and I love the options of being able to relax at the beach, hit up a new restaurant, or explore a new fishing spot.
Laurie Graves, MD MUSC • Second Year
Prashant Raghavendran, DO Texas College of Osteopathic Medicine • First Year
At the beginning of the interview process, I honestly did not know how to evaluate a Med/Peds program. I tried to be as open-minded as possible on my trips and gather pros and cons. When I came to MUSC for my very last interview of the season, I finally realized what I was looking for. I was shown a family atmosphere where the colegial relationship between healthcare professionals and patients exuded a level of hospitality I had yet to see on the trail; faculty and staff had an incredible resolve to fight for their residents' needs and career goals. The academic depth and acumen I observed on both sides of the aisle was of the highest quality. MUSC provided a fully equipped academic center with robust specialty departments that allowed for diverse learning opportunities while still maintaining a small-community feel. Most importantly, I found in the small program and on both categorical sides an ease of interaction that would ensure a fun and fruitful four years. I found in MUSC the academic rigor of the East Coast and the idyllic pace of the South in one program. Charleston is a jewel of a city, with historical and cultural overlap yet to be paralleled by a city of comparable size in my estimation. The gastronomy game is giving New Orleans a run for its money in the South, and the almost stifling kindness has no equal. The beaches, of which there are many, can only be described as immaculate.
A small dedicated program with excellent categorical partners in a historical stalwart of a foodie beach town? Pretty hard to beat, if you ask me.
Mason Walgrave, MD Chicago Medical School Franklin University • First Year
What I really wanted going in to residency was a program I thought I could be happy being a part of for the next four years, and I had a list of things that I thought would indicate to me when a program fit the bill. Coming to Charleston, many things indicated to me that it would be easier to be happy at MUSC than anywhere else I applied. I'm originally from a large city, and need enough population to give me diverse characters while at the same time not too large that its constantly hustle and bustle, which Charleston fits perfectly. The food scene I've managed to see thus far has been delicious, the weather is amazing except for one storm I hadn't thought to bring an umbrella for, and the people truly embody southern hospitality. If you are in to outdoors activities, the amount of beach and sunshine through the year should be enough to get you going, and if you are more of a towny, there's plenty to do in one of the older coastal US cities. But while the location is great, the people really make MUSC. The program is small, but incredibly close, from our director and coordinator who are incredibly helpful and supportive, through the other residents who are all ready and willing to help when needed or celebrate when the opportunity is present. People work hard, but don't take themselves to seriously, and the emphasis on educating the residents is very apparent. With strong categorical programs I have no fear that MUSC fosters the development of excellent physicians, but more importantly in the atmosphere of its residency program, it also helps us develop as good people.