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Graduate Medical Education  2016-2017

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Resident Handbook Introduction

Letter of Commitment/
Accreditation Status Disclaimer

Administration & Governance - Graduate Medical Education Programs

Policies & Procedures

Salaries & Benefits

MUSC Policies

Appendix 1 - Resident Agreements (Medical and Dental)

Appendix 2 - Evaluation Forms

Appendix 3 - Forms

Appendix 4 - Scopes of Practice

Appendix 5 - Program Director/Program Coordinator Resources


HouseStaff Council meets the 3rd Tuesday of each month in 419 CSB from 6 to 7 PM in 419 CSB




We, the House Staff, hold a unique position in the medical profession as physicians receiving specialty training.  As such, we have a different perspective of the profession, its organization and its activities in patient care.  Consequently, we also have different needs and grievances.  The House Staff Council will, to the best of our ability, represent the views, needs and grievances of the House Staff in order to effect positive change in our profession.  This alliance and its duties and responsibilities set forth herein are established in accordance with the bylaws, rules and regulations of the medical staff of the Medical University of South Carolina.


The official name of this organization is the Medical University of South Carolina House Staff Council (HSC).  The organization will hereafter be referred to as the House Staff Council (HSC).


The purpose of this organization shall include:

2.1  To promote and maintain high quality residency education by fostering communication with the faculty, program directors, MUSC administration, Medical University Hospital Authority (MUHA) and University Medical Associates (UMA), hereafter collectively referred to as the "Administration."

2.2  To maintain the highest level of patient care by fostering communication with the Administration, support staff and educators.

2.3  To address issues and concerns that affect residents, interns and fellows during their training period.

2.4  To foster communication among the House Staff from different departments and divisions.

2.5  To provide a mechanism for open relations and accountability of Administration to the House Staff.

2.6  To provide the means by which the House Staff can monitor the quality of benefits provided by our parent institutions(s).



3.1  All Medical-Dental-Pharmacy staff interns, residents and fellows holding an active appointment to the House Staff through a department of the Medical University of South Carolina.

3.2  Each member must be in good standing with the Administration at the time of his or her appointment and throughout the time they serve on the HSC.



4.1  Composition
       4.1a Representatives must be elected by their respective departments.
       4.1b Each of the medical residency programs, dental residency programs and the pharmacy residency program will have a representative on the HSC.  A program is defined as a department, as previously specified, having its own individual chairman.
       4.1c In May of each year, candidates for Representatives from each program will be nominated by colleagues or self, and elected by the residents in that program to serve during the following academic year.  Any vacancy in office shall be filled by a special election among members of that program.
       4.1d The MUSC Resident Auxiliary will have one, non-voting, seat on the HSC.

4.2  Responsibilities
       4.2a  Conducting the business of the organization.
       4.2b  Investigating problems or concerns of the House Staff
       4.2c  Formulating the organization's position in response to changes in residency education at MUSC.
       4.2d  Making decisions for the organization.
       4.2e  Amending the organization's bylaws as necessary.
       4.2f  Communicating with the associate Deans for GME.



5.1  Officers of the House Staff Council
      (a)  The officers of the HSC shall be President, Vice President, and Secretary/Treasurer.

5.2  Election of Officers
      (a)  Any resident can be nominated to serve as an officer of the MUSC HSC.  In June of each year, nominations for officers (by colleagues or self) will be submitted to the council of representatives and the officers will be elected by the members of the council.  If a council member is elected as an officer, a new resident will be elected to serve as the council representative for that program.

5.3  Duties of Officers
      5.3-1  President
               (a)  Preside and edit the agenda for all meetings of the organization;
               (b)  Serve as a representative on the Medical Executive Committee;
               (c)  Attend a quarterly meeting with the Designated Institutional Official for GME, the Associate Dean for GME, the Medical University Hospital Authority Representative to the GMEC, and the MUHA Executive Medical Director. 
      5.3-2  Vice President
               (a)  Assume duties and responsibilities of the president in his/her absence.
      5.3-3  Secretary/Treasurer
               (a)  Keep accurate and complete minutes of the HSC general meetings.
               (b)  Maintain copies of all correspondence involving the organization;
               (c)  Manage the budget of the MUSC HSC.



6.1  The MUSC HSC will meet monthly and on an as needed basis by convening the council of representatives and officers.  Once a year, the organization will conduct an open meeting for all residents.

6.2  Quorum and Voting
      (a)  Quorum - For purposes of voting, a quorum will consist of 1/3 of the total number of council members and at least one officer must be present.
      (b)  Voting - Each representative and each officer shall have one and only one vote.  In the event a representative is not present to vote, an alternate representative from his/her respective department can be appointed.  If a department does not designate a representative or alternate, that department will forfeit the vote of that unfilled slot.



7.1  These bylaws may be amended or repealed by the HSC with a 2/3 vote of the council and officers.  The bylaws may also be amended by a 2/3 vote of all MUSC residents.