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Jessica Samples

Dr. Jessica Samples
PGY 5
Chief

I am currently serving as the MUSC chief resident for the Internal Medicine/Psychiatry program. I am originally from Nashville and stayed in town to attend college at Vanderbilt (Go Dores!). From there I travelled to East Tennessee where I got my medical degree at MUSC. As I am winding down training here in Charleston I am looking forward to pursing a fellowship on psychosomatics/consultative psychiatry. My hope is to work in inpatient internal medicine and psychiatric consultation as a career. I have absolutely loved my time in Charleston, most notably visiting all of the great restaurants.

  
Dr. Kristen WilliamsDr. Kristen Williams
PGY 5

I am a 5th year resident in the Med-Psych program at MUSC.  I am originally from Florence, SC, and moved to Charleston for college.  I stayed on here for both medical school and residency, attesting to the charm of this city.  My career interests include integration of Psychiatry into primary care and also psychotherapy, particularly in underserved populations.  My interests outside of work include cooking and live music. 

  

Dr. Bob Brownlee
PGY 5

I am currently a fifth year resident in the Internal Medicine/Psychiatry program. I am originally from Chapel Hill, NC and stayed in town to attend college at the University of North Carolina. I then moved to Charleston to attend medical school at MUSC. Charleston is such a beautiful place that I could not leave, and stayed at MUSC to do my combined residency.  My goal is to do primary care as an internist with a strong focus on taking care of the entire patient, mind and body. I plan to have several half days to be able to do therapy with my patients that may need it, and spend the rest of the time focusing on the medical concerns of the patients. I have loved my time at MUSC and in Charleston.

  

Page Bomar, MD
PGY 4

Hometown: Spartanburg, South Carolina
Undergraduate: Davidson College
Medical School: Medical University of South Carolina 

Although my initial interest as a medical student was in psychiatry, I quickly grew to love medicine as well, and realized my training would not be complete if I was not proficient in both fields. I love the city of Charleston and feel extremely lucky that I was able to stay at MUSC for residency.

  

Ben Kalivas, MD
PGY 4

I am a fourth year in the combined 'Med-Psych' program.  Although I grew up in Washington state, my family has live in Charleston for 15 years.  I went to college at Clemson University and attended medical school here at MUSC.  My initial interest in med-psych was inpatient psychiatry, however as my training has continued along, I have gravitated towards hospital medicine and delirium management.  In my free time I enjoy most anything outdoors, particularly cycling, running and kayaking.  Charleston has offered a great balance of academic and personal interests.

  

Jennifer May, MD
PGY 4

Hometown:  Jackson, Mississippi
Undergraduate:  Washington and Lee University
Medical School:  University of Mississippi


“Most patients who suffer from severe mental disorders are also plagued by concurrent physical illnesses, and the complex interaction of the two often confounds the path to improvement.  I chose to train in both Internal Medicine and Psychiatry because I believe that integration of care is critical for effective treatment of this underserved group of patients.  I am particularly interested in the psychotic disorders and hope to one day serve this population in an integrated medical and psychiatric outpatient clinic or inpatient service.  I believe that MUSC offers the best combined training in Internal Medicine and Psychiatry because both departments are equally strong and mutually respect one another.  The dually trained faculty are excellent mentors, and the residents are not only supportive coworkers but also your best friends.  The people at MUSC work as a family, and I could not ask for more in a program.  Likewise, Charleston is an exciting city with endless places to explore -- food, music, the outdoors, you name it.  You simply will not find a better place to call home.”

  

Jennifer Jones, MD
PGY 3

Hometown: Leawood, Kansas
Undergraduate: University of Kansas
Medical School: University of Kansas

Throughout the course of my third year of medical school, I was particularly drawn to patients with profound mental illness and also to the socioeconomically disadvantaged. I also found that these populations frequently had medical and psychiatric comorbidities, and it became apparent that what they really wanted in their doctor was a medical home that would address both their medical needs and their psychiatric care together. I also realized that I not only loved the physiology and approach of internal medicine, but also the problems and new horizons of psychiatry. During my externship at MUSC, I was surrounded by faculty and staff who were all deeply engaged in exploring these new frontiers, and who were also exceedingly committed to the best interests of their patients. I loved the ease with which the faculty brought their knowledge of biochemistry alive, seamlessly transitioning into clinical aspects of the underlying physiology. I also loved wandering in downtown Charleston in the evenings, with the relaxed and gracious city offering me rewards such as decadent dining, engaging nightlife, picturesque beaches, and abundant attractions to fill my spare time.

In my future, I hope to find ways to address the shortage of well-integrated psychiatric and primary care medical homes, and I have a particular emphasis in addiction psychiatry which is a common need. On a broader scale, I have done several projects previously which sought to improve the accessibility of community social services to the general public, and to better network individuals who seek to provide help. This work is something that I would like to expand on in the future.

 

 

 

Dr. (Jay) Douglas J. Glenn, Jr.
PGY 2

I am currently a second year resident in Internal Medicine/psychiatry program.  I grew up in Wallburg, NC (outside of Winston-Salem, NC).  I attended UNC-Chapel Hill for undergrad and am a Tar Heel born, Tar Heel Bred.  I attended WVU School of Medicine and did my clinical rotations in Charleston, WV.  My interest in med-psych stem from my clinical rotations there, where I saw Med-Psych attendings and residents illustrating versatility, superior knowledge in two specialties and a flawless integration of two programs.  The same is true at MUSC which reinforced my career path.  Furthermore, MUSC has offered opportunity in research and subspecialty experiences that are world-class. I currently am interested in delirium, addiction, consult-liaison services as well as the endless research possibilities.  In my spare time I enjoy the beach, downtown Charleston, SC and all it’s offerings as southern gem.

  
 

Dr. Sarah Oros
PGY 1

I am originally from Columbus, Ohio. I went to undergrad at the University of Dayton in Dayton, Ohio and moved across town for medical school at Wright State University Boonshoft School of Medicine. In my free time I enjoy quilting, reading, hiking, cooking (and of course eating), and studying (just kidding). Some preliminary career interests include psychosomatic medicine and integrative outpatient care. 

  
 

Dr. Allison Smith
PGY 1

I was born and raised in Charleston, West Virginia. I attended West Virginia University  (let’s go mountaineers!) for undergrad where I majored in biology and psychology , and then went on to graduate from WVU’s medical school.  I am very interested in helping underserved populations, and have particular interest in addiction and HIV patients.  I enjoy both inpatient and outpatient psych and medicine. I also love working in the academic environment and eventually would like to work with medical students and residents.  In my spare time I love going to the beach and relaxing, running and working out, playing volleyball, eating good food, and hanging out with family, friends, and  my 2 dogs. MUSC in Charleston has been a wonderful opportunity to get excellent experience in internal medicine and psychiatry, as well as offer many extracurricular activities.