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Department of Family Medicine

Available Tracks

Academic Medicine Track
Women’s Health Track
Primary Care Sports Medicine Track

Underserved & Global Health Track
Behavioral Medicine Track

ACADEMIC MEDICINE TRACK

Target group: Residents who have an interest in pursuing a career in family medicine teaching and research.

Potential educational experiences in this track:

Research-Focused Clinical Scholars program: Residents in this track would be encouraged to choose a research topic for their Clinical Scholars Activity. Residents could work in collaboration with any of the established clinical researchers in the Department of Family Medicine exploring their own research idea or participating in ongoing research of the group.

Academic Medicine Research PosterResident Research Month: Residents in this track would be eligible to select a one month elective in research and research methods. Residents would work with one of the established clinical researchers in the Department on either their own project or a project of their rotation supervisor. NOTE: If residents are interested in this one-month experience, it is required that they contact their proposed research mentor and agree on monthly objectives for their research project prior to starting the rotation.

Longitudinal Elective in Faculty Development: Residents selecting this elective will participate in the monthly faculty development series for academic development fellows and junior faculty. This series includes didactic sessions on teaching skills, research skills, and professional development. Residents are also paired with a faculty mentor to assist with teaching the Fundamentals of Patient Care course for 1st year medical students, focusing on the development of teaching skills and giving feedback.

Accelerated Fellowship Program: This longitudinal elective allows 3rd year residents to begin formal classes leading to a Masters of Clinical Research during their 3rd year of residency. Classes meet every Tuesday and Thursday afternoon from August through May. After completing these classes, residents will have met 50% of the academic requirements towards a MS in Clinical Research. If they choose to enter the MUSC Fellowship Program, they will be able to complete their additional training in 1 year instead of the traditional 2 years.

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WOMEN’S HEALTH TRACK  

Target group: Residents who have an interest in women’s health care.

Potential educational experiences in this track:

Longitudinal Women’s Health Experience: The resident will be expected to participate in a longitudinal care clinic through the Department of Family Medicine. In addition to providing preventative women’s health services, they will be expected to care for common gynecologic and breast concerns. This clinic will occur on a bi-weekly/monthly basis.

Didactic Sessions: The resident will be expected to attend and participate in group discussions/journal clubs on women’s health topics on a monthly basis.

Elective Rotations: With assistance from the track faculty supervisor, the resident will select elective rotations that involved subject areas in the field of women’s health. Included in the possible elective rotations would be a focused experience on a specific area of women’s health such as:

  • Breast Clinic
  • Aesthetics/Dermatology
  • Early pregnancy Termination Clinic/Contraception Clinic
  • Charleston Women’s Medical Center Rotation (Abortion Care)
  • Obstetrics Mini-Fellowship – MUSC L&D Tuesday PMs

Research-Focused Clinical Scholars Program: Residents in this track would be encouraged to choose a research topic pertaining to Women’s Health for their Clinical Scholars Activity.

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PRIMARY CARE SPORTS MEDICINE TRACK 

Target group: Residents who have an interest in primary care sports medicine.

Potential educational experiences in this track:

Longitudinal Sports Medicine Experience: The resident will be expected to participate in the primary care sports medicine coverage of the athletic department at the College of Charleston. In addition to participating in the preparticipation physical examinations conducted annually prior to the beginning of the Fall semester. The resident will also be expected to provide a longitudinal primary care sports medicine clinic in the athletic department of the College of Charleston. This clinic will occur on a weekly/bi-weekly basis.

Athletic Team Coverage: The resident will be expected to provide medical coverage for a selected athletic team of the College of Charleston during the Fall and Spring semesters. Medical coverage will include presence during selected practice sessions and scheduled competitions.

Athletic Event Coverage Experience: The resident will be expected to assist with coverage of the following athlete events: the Cooper River Bridge Run/Walk (the first Saturday of April).

Elective Rotations: With assistance from the track faculty supervisor, the resident will select elective rotations that involved subject areas in the field of primary care sports medicine. Included in the possible elective rotations would be a focused experience working in the athletic department and student health services of the College of Charleston.

  • Radiology
  • Orthopedics
  • Podiatry

Research-Focused Clinical Scholars Program: Residents in this track would be encouraged to choose a research topic pertaining to Primary Care Sports Medicine for their Clinical Scholars Activity.

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UNDERSERVED & GLOBAL HEALTH TRACK        

Target group: Residents who have an interest in the health of underserved populations both locally and abroad.

Potential educational experiences in this track:Global Health

Longitudinal Health Experience: Residents will be required to participate in an underserved clinic (i.e. Crisis Ministries, CARES) throughout their second and third years. Residents will manage common chronic conditions seen in the underserved populations such as HTN, obesity, DM, etc. The resident will learn how poverty impacts patients as well as the community as a whole.

Didactic Sessions: Residents are required to attend and participate in group discussions/journal/book clubs on global/underserved health on a regular basis. Also they must complete 20 online modules related to global health created by the Global Health Education Consortium.

Elective Rotations: Dedicate some elective time to rotations that would benefit a physician working with underserved populations. Examples include dermatology, infectious disease, emergency medicine, radiology, dental health, etc.

Research-Focused Clinical Scholars Program: Residents in this track would need to choose a research topic pertaining to Underserved/Global Health for their Clinical Scholars Activity.

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BEHAVIORAL MEDICINE TRACK

Target group: Residents who have an interest in behavioral health and the application of behavioral science principles to primary care medicine. 

Potential educational experiences in this track:

Longitudinal Behavioral Health Education: Residents in this track will be able to attend a monthly education session designed to enhance their behavioral health skills (e.g., motivational interviewing, cognitive behavioral therapy techniques). Teaching methods will include article review and discussion, didactic talks, as well as the review of DVR recordings of illustrative patient encounters.

Longitudinal Patient Care Experience: Residents can pick one or several difficult patients for additional behavioral science supervision sessions. Supervision sessions will occur biweekly throughout each training year. The focus of supervision will be enhance knowledge and skill in the assessment and management of difficult patients from a psychological perspective.

Elective Rotations: In consultation with the track faculty supervisor, the resident can select elective rotations that build behavioral health knowledge and skills of interest. Possible elective rotations include:

  • Adolescent medicine
  • Developmental pediatrics
  • Child psychiatry/psychology
  • Cognitive behavioral therapy intensive
  • Consultation Liaison Psychiatry
  • Drug and Alcohol Abuse/Dependency
  • Hospital chaplaincy/ethics consultation
  • Inpatient psychiatry
  • Pain Management
  • Palliative care/Hospice
  • Transplant service evaluations
  • Weight management/bariatric surgery

Editorial Experience: Residents choosing this track are welcome to participate as guest reviewers and in editorial meetings for the Medline referenced journal International Journal of Psychiatry and Medicine.

Research-Focused Clinical Scholars Program:  Residents in this track will be encouraged to choose a research topic in some area of behavioral health/behavioral science with relevance to primary care medicine.

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