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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



The Medical University of South Carolina does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, religion or sex. 

MUSC recognizes that trainees come from many religious faiths and practices.  The observance of religious holidays and practices is important and should be accommodated whenever possible.  However, first priority is always given to patient care and religious leave/observances cannot be guaranteed.

For those individuals who observe religious practices that, at times, may conflict with discharge of clinical duty, it is imperative patient care not be compromised.  At such times when observation of religious practices conflict with clinical duties, it is the responsibility of the Resident to make appropriate arrangements with his/her colleagues for equivalent or greater patient care coverage.

In the event of a religious holiday/observance not presently covered by scheduled University or MUHA holidays, the following procedure should be followed:

  1. Trainees should, first, address their fellow trainees and program chiefs to obtain acceptable patient coverage.  If coverage cannot be found, then the holiday/observance may not be taken.
  2. Substitute coverage should be approved/disapproved by the respective program director.

MUSC will support religious accommodations if they do not impose an undue hardship on its patients, the institution, the affected departments or other individuals.  MUSC adheres to all state and federal laws pertaining to religious discrimination and accommodation.