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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 educational environment must be adequate for the physical, emotional and educational needs of all residents and be conducive to resident education and the care of patients.


MUSC provides an educational environment in which residents may raise and resolve issues related to their residency programs without fear of intimidation or retaliation.

  1. MUSC provides appropriate physical facilities, essential to both men and women, to meet each residency program's goals. This includes access to appropriate food services in all institutions participating in the residency programs as well as adequate on-call rooms.

  2. All residents (specialty and sub-specialty) are expected to dress in appropriate professional attire when engaged in any residency activity.  When residents are in an MUSC facility, they must abide by the MUSC Dress Code Policy.

  3. MUSC will ensure that all patient care is supervised by qualified faculty. The program director must ensure, direct, and document adequate supervision of residents at all times. Residents must be provided with rapid, reliable systems for communicating with supervising faculty. Faculty schedules will be structured to provide residents with appropriate supervision and consultation.

  4. MUSC provides a medical records system that: documents the course of each patient's illness; adequately supports quality patient care; provides information for residents' quality assurance and quality improvement activities and serves as a resource for scholarly activities.

  5. MUSC provides adequate and appropriate patient support services such as phlebotomy, laboratory, transport, messengers, diagnostic testing along with nursing and other allied health professionals.

  6. MUSC provides counseling and other support services to meet each resident's unique needs.  Any resident in need of such services should contact his/her Program Director, the Office of GME, or the Employee Assistance Program (792-2848).

  7. Parking is available to all residents in one of the campus garages or lots.  A permit and/or parking card are required for all MUSC parking areas.  Parking management coordinates all parking for the hospital and is located in the Bee Street garage.  For more information, contact Parking Management at 792-3665.

  8. Each residency program recognizes that the resident's personal and family needs must be addressed for them to function optimally.  The Office of Graduate Medical Education supports the operation of ta Resident Auxiliary organization for spouses and partners. 

  9. Each residency program must foster humanistic values and cross-cultural sensitivity and respect for all individuals.  If any resident feels s/he is the subject of harassment or discrimination based on race or cultural or sexual orientation, s/he is encouraged to contact the Office of Diversity (792-2146) or Dr. Deborah Deas (792-5214).

  10. Resident Lounge/Call Room (Open to all residents)
    Room 241B (Main Hospital/Across from "D" Elevators)

    First Floor Clinical Sciences Building (CSB)
    Includes Female Only Call Room, Lounge/Call Room, Medical Student Call Room, Floater Call Room (for those who take call from home)

    Note:  For door lock combinations, please contact your Program Coordinator, Chief Resident or the Executive Medical Director's Office.

    If you experience any problems with your call room(s), please contact your Program Coordinator or the Executive Medical Director's Office.

  11. MUSC, the Program Director, the faculty and the Office of GME will provide an environment by which a) residents can develop a personal program of learning to foster continued professional growth with guidance from the teaching staff; b) participate fully in the educational and scholarly activities of their programs and, as required, assume responsibility for teaching and supervising other residents and students; c) have the opportunity to participate on appropriate institutional and departmental committess and councils whose actions affect their education and/or patient care; d) participate in an educational program regarding physician impairment, including substance abuse.

  12. MUSC provides appropriate security and personal safety measures to residents at all hospital locations including but not limited to: parking facilities, on-call rooms, hospital and institutional grounds, and related facilities.  For more information, please see the Medical Center's policy titled, "Medical Center-Wide Security."

  13. MUSC insures that each program defines, in accordance with its Program Requirements, the specific knowledge, skills, attitudes and educational experiences required for residents to demonstrate attainment of the ACGME Six General Competencies:

a.  Patient care that is compassionate, appropriate and effective for the treatment of health problems and the promotion of health;

b.  Medical knowledge about established and evolving biomedical, clinical and cognate (e.g. epidemiological, social and behavioral) sciences and the application of this knowledge to patient care;

c.  Practice-based learning and improvement that involves investigations and evaluations of their own patient care, appraised and assimilation of scientific evidence and improvements in patient care;

d.  Interpersonal and written communication skills that result in effective information exchange and "teaming" with patients, their families and other health professionals;

e.  Professionalism as manifested through a commitment to carrying out professional responsibilities, adherence to ethical principles and sensitivity to a diverse patient population;

f.  Systems-based practice as manifested by actions that demonstrate an awareness of and responsiveness to the larger context and system for health care and the ability to effectively call on system resources to provide care that is of optimal value.