and Training Programs within the
Department of Family Medicine
The Department of Family Medicine contributes to every phase
of medical student training. We direct and teach courses within
the Doctoring Curriculum, and work to help improve students' interview
and physical examination skills in the first year of medical school.
In the students' second year, we help them learn to interpret
clinical evidence and research-based Evidence. We direct the 6-week-long
Family Medicine Rural Clerkship required in the third year. And
faculty members contribute to fourth year electives, in addition
to offering an Acting Internship in Family Medicine.
On-line resources for medical students
enrolled in MUSC and the Department of Family Medicine are available.
Transitional Year Program
Our Transitional Year Program
is unique in that in combines many qualities not found at other
transitional year programs. Our community-based, university-affiliated
program allows for residents to train at a community hospital
while continuing to be educated by university based faculty and
with the resources of a major academic medical center behind them.
The combination of family medicine and radiology allows our residents
to experience both primary care and a specialty discipline during
their year of training.
Our Residency Program is a
unique educational partnership between an outstanding community
hospital and a modem academic medical center. The residency program
has graduated over 370 family physicians and we currently recruit
for 36 positions. Our graduates have excelled in both private
and academic practice. Trident Medical Center, a nationally recognized
community hospital, serves as the primary site for resident education.
Additionally, Trident Medical Center serves as the sponsoring
institution for the program. This location and partnership with
MUSC provides us with many of the unique educational opportunities
associated with a community medical center while maintaining the
benefits of a university affiliation.
Clinical Pharmacy Program
The Medical University Medical Center and College of Pharmacy
in cooperation with the Department of Family Medicine at the Medical
University of South Carolina sponsor and conduct the Residency
in Primary Care Program. This is a 12-month ASHP-accredited
program with an emphasis in Family Medicine. The Family Medicine
Center is an interdisciplinary health care training site for Family
Medicine Residents, medical students, Doctor of Pharmacy Residents
and candidates, and undergraduate pharmacy students. The Department
of Family Medicine is responsible for its own in-patient service
and the hospital is within easy walking distance of the Family
Medicine Center. The clinical pharmacy program participates in
this responsibility in a clinical and educational role. The patient
population consists of over 12,500 families who are representative
of Charleston County in their demographic characteristics. The
Family Medicine Center has approximately 2,800 patient visits
per month. The problems seen in the practice are representative
of those usually seen in a community setting.