The GHS Clinical University includes seven medical campuses and 3 academic partners, including USC School of Medicine Greenville, Clemson University and Furman University. Outpatient clinics for our Family Medicine residents primarily occur adjacent to Greenville Memorial Medical Campus, our primary hospital campus, which helps to maximize the educational experience. Residents enjoy a 20,000 square foot outpatient workspace, free parking, free food, high-speed Internet, an integrated Electronic Medical Record, and a large GHS-affiliated exercise facility (The Life Center) located steps away from our outpatient entrance.
In 2012, GHS’ Greenville Memorial Medical Campus welcomed the the University of South Carolina (USC) School of Medicine Greenville’s inaugural class. The USC School of Medicine Greenville is a four-year medical school with a highly innovative and integrated curriculum.
Students perform 3rd and 4th year clinical clerkships within GHS, including required 3rd year rotations, 4th year acting internships, and electives in rural medicine, sports medicine, and lifestyle medicine within our department.
As part of the GHS Clinical University experience, residents can readily access the medical school facilities and faculty, which include a state-of-the-art Clinical Simulation Lab, a biomedical sciences division of population health, and initiatives centered in family medicine such as the Lifestyle Medicine curriculum.
Exercise is Medicine/Lifestyle Medicine
The Lifestyle and Exercise Medicine initiative is a unique collaboration within the GHS Clinical University. Our Family Medicine program plays a pivotal role in driving this program forward, integrating elements of teaching and scholarly activity within our residency and medical student education, and providing the clinical arm for patient care. In fact, our institution is the first program nationally to incorporate Lifestyle Medicine into its curriculum: http://greenvillemed.sc.edu/USCSOMGLifestyleMedicine.shtml.
Clemson University represents the primary research partner for the GHS Clinical University and provides research and educational infrastructure to the clinical expertise found within the system. The newly formed partnership has led to the development of the Division of Research and Scholarship, which seeks to be the source of medical breakthroughs, product development, federal funding, and improved healthcare delivery at a low cost. Among other opportunities, the GHS Clinical University collaboration takes advantage of Clemson’s health sciences, bioengineering, genetics, and nursing programs, which has tremendous implications for GHS Graduate Medical Education. As an example, residents, fellows, and faculty are routinely offered opportunities for partnerships in scholarly activity with Clemson faculty, and educational initiatives such as the GHS/Clemson Graduate Certificate in Clinical and Translational Research Program.
Furman University, one of the nation’s premier liberal arts institutions, is the primary undergraduate partner for the GHS Clinical University. Each year, approximately 25-35% of Furman University students enter a health-related career. The partnership between GHS and Furman provides observational and internship experiences for students considering careers in medicine, pharmacy, physical or occupational therapy, public health, and health administration.
GHS Family Medicine residents rotate within the student health clinic at Furman University to gain experience in adolescent and young adult healthcare. Additionally, our academic Family Medicine residency emphasizes a commitment to teaching. As part of your training, residents have the opportunity to solidify their knowledge base by teaching a variety of learners, including undergraduate and medical students, through the GHS Clinical University partnerships. These relationships also provide fertile ground for scholarly activity and quality improvement initiatives that ultimately lead to improved healthcare.