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Graduate Medical Education  2017-2018

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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 Resources




  1. The primary objective of the Employee Assistance Program (EAP) is to retain valued individuals who develop substance abuse or other personal problems which affect their job performance. Valued individuals are ones who have otherwise demonstrated satisfactory performance. Problems addressed by this Program include, but are not limited to, drug and alcohol abuse, marital, family, personal, legal and financial difficulties.

  2. Under this program, residents are offered professional assistance for the purpose of undergoing professional treatment. The Medical University further offers its own clinical resources should residents elect to utilize these facilities.

  3. It is in the mutual interest of the resident and the Medical University that referral for assistance be made at the earliest possible stage.


  1. Program Directors, with input from faculty and others, should document the job performance and behavior of residents experiencing a decrease in effectiveness and dependability. Examples of impaired effectiveness include:

    1. Increased absenteeism and tardiness
    2. Lowered production quality and quantity
    3. Unreasonable periods of time away from the educational or patient care areas although present at work

  2. Program Directors should meet with any resident who demonstrates impaired conditionsto discuss the matter. (See Physician Impairment Policy)

  3. Residents may voluntarily seek counseling and information from the MUSC Employee Assistance Program (EAP) (843-792-2848 or or other treatment systems of their choice.

  4. Although a resident’s involvement in the EAP is voluntary and confidential, there are times when the EAP can be used as a condition for continuation in the residency program.

  5. Sick and annual leave may be granted for the purpose of participating in public or private treatment programs.