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Allison Jordan, MD
PGY 5
Chief Resident

Hometown: Vallejo, California
Undergraduate: Florida A&M University
Medical School: University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center at Dallas

“I decided to go into internal medicine and psychiatry because I had an opportunity to work in an obstetric/psychiatry clinic during medical school. I enjoyed being the liasion between the psychiatrists and the obstetricians as we worked with women during their pregnancy and afterwards. I liked how ob/gyn took care of the entire patient, but I soon learned that I did not want to do it as a career! I was excited when I learned that combined med/psych programs existed where people who were interested in both could receive training - and use both after they completed their residency in a variety of clinical settings. I chose to do med/psych at MUSC because the program is well established and has several residents and faculty. The psychiatry and internal medicine departments are both strong and provide a balanced and well rounded training. I also was impressed that MUSC had its own stand-alone psychiatric hospital where patients are referred from around the state and cutting edge research is taking place. Charleston is a beautiful city with a thriving downtown, gorgeous beaches, and serene woods just minutes away from the hospital which help create a work-life balance!”

Interests: ECT, geriatrics, palliative care, sickle cell

Cory Walker, DO
PGY 5

Hometown: born in Minnesota, has lived in Cheyenne, WY, Minot, ND, and Bismark, ND
Undergraduate: Kentucky University and Cottey College
Medical School: Kirksville College of Osteopathic Medicine

“Being a DO is awesome. It always surprises me how much the confidence in my musculoskeletal diagnosis exceeds most folks.  Plus, the relief when colleagues let me work on them...it is amazing and humbling. Why I chose med-psych could be a litany, so I'll just sum up--I think the idea you can separate the brain from the body and vice versa is silly. It is all connected, so to treat a patient, I need to be prepared to treat a patient--not just their body; not just their head--the entire patient--which is why I picked med-psych. The idea you can separate the body from the brain and vice versa, just seems really silly to me. Career perspectives: outpatient dual clinics--one IM one psych, forensic psych or pulmonary/critical care.”

Harish Mangipudi, DO
PGY 4

Hometown: Corpus Christi, TX
Undergraduate: University of Texas, Austin, TX
Medical School: Virginia College of Osteopathic Medicine, Blacksburg, VA

“To me, med-psych offers a very unique approach to treating patients in that it closely examines the pathology of mind and matter.  The interface of mental health and medical disorders is a complex interaction requiring a specific skill set that very few physicians can offer their patients and it is for this reason I am drawn to internal medicine and psychiatry.”

Mary Colleen O'Rourke, MD, MHA
PGY 4

Undergraduate: Duke University
Medical School: Medical University of South Carolina

Why med/psych? This answer could take hours, but it boils down to this: Ultimately, the head is connected tthe body and my patients need both medical and psychiatric care. One without the other is insufficient.

Clinical Interests: outpatient primary care for severely mentally ill, inpatient psychiatric care of psychosis and mental illness, and end-of-life care/palliative care.

Hobbies: trying new restaurants, drawing, reading, gardening, and dreaming up new Pinterest projects

Bob Brownlee, MD
PGY 3

Hometown: Chapel Hill, NC
Undergraduate: University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill
Medical School: Medical University of South Carolina

“I chose med psych because I feel that the two are inherently linked and inseparable and, as I was very interested in both, I wanted to be proficient in each one.”

Jessica Samples, MD
PGY 3

Hometown: Nashville, Tennessee
Undergraduate: Vanderbilt University
Medical School: East Tennessee State University

“Hey there! I'm a PGY3 med-psych resident. I'm originally from Nashville, stuck around there for college at Vanderbilt. Then I travelled east to the beautiful mountains of east Tennessee where I went to medical school at ETSU. My adventure east continued into residency when I was lucky enough to land a spot down here on the coast at MUSC. Personally, I enjoy a rowdy college football game, trying my hand at new recipes in the kitchen (or let's be honest, you'll more likely find me prowling the delicious eateries in town...), and the occasional legendary game of apples to apples. Professionally the jury it still out, but I am fascinated by the treatment of refractory psychiatric conditions in the medically complex patient.”

Kristen Williams, MD
PGY 3

Hometown:  Florence, SC
Undergraduate:  College of Charleston
Medical School:  Medical University of South Carolina

“I chose to train in Internal Medicine and Psychiatry because it is the ultimate in comprehensive care.  Experience in one field richens that of the other and employment opportunities are endless. MUSC has excellent support from both programs, but at the core is a community of Med-Psych residents who support each other and Med-Psych faculty to provide guidance and mentorship.  Plus, Charleston is the perfect place to live.”

Career Interests:  Cardiovascular disease and depression, Inpatient Med-Psych

Page Bomar, MD
PGY 2

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 2

Hometown: Colfax, WA and Mount Pleasant, SC
Undergraduate: Clemson
Medical School: Medical University of South Carolina

“I chose to pursue combined training in medicine and psychiatry for a number of reasons.  My clinical interests include HIV psychiatry and inpatient psychiatry both of which would be greatly benefited by additional internal medicine training.”

Career interests: inpatient psychiatry, psychotic illness research, mental health outreach services, HIV psychiatry

Jennifer May, MD
PGY 2

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 1

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.