Virginia Adkins, MD
Hometown: Royston, Georgia
Medical School: Mercer University School of Medicine
Why I chose Greenville: I grew up in the very rural town of Royston, Georgia, about one and a half hours from Greenville. When classmates in medical school told me that Greenville, SC was a “cool town” and had a great residency program, I did not believe them. I had to come see for myself. As I drove into downtown Greenville and immediately fell in love with this quaint city, I was quickly proven wrong. I loved everything about it — from the lights on Main Street, to Swamp Rabbit Trail, to the friendly people. So when I had a positive interview experience at GHS with Dr. Fuller, choosing Greenville for residency was an easy choice! Within 2 months of moving here, I met my now fiance, and have never regretted or second guessed choosing GHS!
William Beam, MD
Hometown: Wilmington, North Carolina
Medical School: University of South Carolina School of Medicine
Why I chose Greenville: I spent the final two years of med school doing rotations at GHS. During that time, I realized that I was bound for a career in Internal Medicine. It was during my time interviewing programs around the southeast that I came to realize GHS was a program where I felt in 3 short years I would truly be prepared to face the “real world.” The relationships that the attendings have with the residents made a big impression on me. They seemed to enjoy teaching. The relationships apparent between the residents themselves was the final selling point. Residents enjoyed spending time with one another in and and outside of the hospital.
Stephen Carey, DO
Hometown: Charlotte, North Carolina
Medical School: Philadelphia College of Medicine
Why I chose Greenville: There are many good residency programs and it is an important and tough decision deciding where to apply and interview. On paper and by the numbers, Greenville looks (and is) great. A large hospital with high volume, wide-ranging electives, emphasis on resident research, and strong clinical rotations. However, I choose Greenville for the intangible reasons including excellent attendings dedicated to teaching, support for research pursuits, and a culture of learning. The most important reason I chose Greenville was the incredible sense of camaraderie and espirit de corps. From teaching one another, to helping out teammates who are behind, to laughing together in the workroom, my fellow residents have become both respected collegues and friends, which allows us all to become the best physicians possible.
Julie Daniel, DO
Hometown: Harrisburg, Pennyslvania
Medical School: Philadelphia College of Medicine
Why I chose Greenville: As I toured various hospital campuses along my interview trail, most of the programs seemed to “check all the boxes” for the fundamental components of a solid residency program. Greenville stood out to me amongst the rest because of the inherent culture. I walked away from GHS with the sense that not only would I receive the best in medical training, but more importantly, I would enjoy my day-to-day work environment because of the people. It is evident that our faculty is committed to and passionate about our education. Additionally, the quality of life that I have as a resident at Greenville is invaluable to me. Beyond the academic aspect, Greenville itself is an awsome place to live. Being close to both the beach and the mountains, it’s filled with options for outdoors and exercise enthusiasts, and also boasts a great restaurant, music, and arts scene. I truly believe I wouldn’t be happier at any other program!
Carter Edwards, MD
Hometown: Hunstville, Alabama
Medical School: University of South Alabama College of Medicine
Why I chose Greenville: I chose to come to Greenville, SC because it immediately felt like home the first time I visited the city. The people were friendly, the food was great, and the downtown was lively. Visiting the hospital was also a rewarding experience. The residents were all happy, treated each other with respect, and had great access to excellent equipment and facilities. To top it all off, Greenville is close to some incredible mountains. Residency has been a tremendous experience thus far. I can’t wait to see what the future holds for Greenville and GHS!
Mary Hotz, MD
Hometown: Albany, Georgia
Medical School: Mercer University School of Medicine
Why I chose Greenville: I am an avid outdoor enthusiast so I chose Greenville for its proximity to the mountains. I love to “take to the mountains” in one of the 10+ state parks and state forests on almost every day off to explore and bask in the natural beauty of the upstate. I also love the active feel of the city and the fact that Greenville and GHS are invested in making an active lifestyle accessible to every resident of the upstate with such wonderful, free, and public resourses as the Swamp Rabbit Trail. I really enjoyed the downtown Greeville area and love living close enough to walk to delicious restaurants and fun bars. I liked GHS because of the friendly atmosphere and the flexible schedule.
Torey Killom, DO
Hometown: Cookeville, Tennessee
Medical School: DeBusk College of Medicine at Lincoln Memorial University
Why I chose Greenville: From the minute I entered Greenville Memorial Hospital, I knew I had found something special. Not only was it visually pleasing, but the entire faculty and staff were more kind than I could have imagined. The attendings at GHS are all very dedicated to our education and willing to dedicate the time we need to grow as young physicians. My experience has been over and above what I had hoped for, and I am looking forward to what the 3rd year will hold. In addition to all of the great things about the GHS Internal Medicine Residency Program, downtown Greenville is honestly the most amazing place that I have ever been. My family is so happy here and I couldn’t imagine being anywhere else.
Paul Maddux, MD
Hometown: Aiken, South Carolina
Medical School: Medical University of South Carolina, College of Medicine
Why I chose Greenville: I chose Greenville Internal Medicine Residency Program because the people I met during my 4th year away rotation were the type of people I knew I could work alongside for 3 years and beyond. The culture of our residency program is one that fosters everyone’s interests and learning styles. The attendings we work alongside treat us like colleagues. We are given ample opportunity to problem solve independently, but our fellow residents and attendings are always available to assist with patient care. The staff in our department go the extra mile to make us feel important and cared for; and, the amount of support and encouragement we obtain from our Chairman, Program Director, and Assistant Program Director is unmatched. GHS is a growing institution with a bright future ahead. My class and I feel fortunate to be part of this special place. Furthermore, you cannot beat Greenville, SC. It is a great place to call home for three years. My family and I plan to have it on our short list of places to call home permanently when training comes to an end. I feel fortunate GHS picked me and I could not imagine being anywhere else.
Ryan Porter, MD
Hometown: Dallas, Texas
Medical School: University of Arkansas College of Medicine
Why I chose Greenville: When I was applying to residency the main things I was looking for in a program were an emphasis on education and a culture of collegiality. As soon as I visited the GHS Internal Medicine program I could see that it met these criteria, and I knew this is where I wanted to be. Education is a top priority in our program. From morning report to teaching on rounds, resident education is emphasized on a daily basis. Our attendings and administrators make it clear that we are not just here to work, we are here to continue learning. The other thing that struck me about this program is the culture among the residents. Choosing a residency is like getting married. You are going to be spending a lot of time with these people, so it helps if you like them. I genuinely enjoy working with every single person in our program. We have an atmosphere of mutual respect at work and even like hanging out with each other outside of work too. You can learn the basics of Internal Medicine at any residency program, but it is important to choose the program that is going to help you be the best physician you can be. For me, that program was GHS.
Maximilien Rappaport, DO
Hometown: Boca Raton, Florida
Medical School: Lake Erie College of Osteopathic Medicine – Bradenton Campus
Why I chose Greenville: I choose GHS for residency because I felt that the Internal Medicine department treated their residents, faculty, and staff like family. I was impressed with how hard everyone worked while still making time to get to know me and understand my passions within the medical field. Greenville is a beautiful town, my wife and I are enjoying our time here and all that the community has to offer.
Darion Showell, DO
Hometown: Georgetown, Delaware
Medical School: Edward Via College of Osteopathic Medicine
Why I chose Greenville: After learning about GHS IM Residency from a cousin, a graduate of the program, I applied on ERAS. Not expecting to move to the south, I accepted an interview anyway. On interview day, I immediately knew that this was the program where I should train. The relationship the current residents had with the Program Director, Dr. Fuller, was different than others I had encountered. The residents were also a very tight-knit group and happy with their training. I appreciated the amount of inpatient and ICU experience, and felt that it would only be an enhancement to my career.
Travis Sizemore, DO
Hometown: London, Kentucky
Medical School: DeBusk College of Osteopathic Medicine at Lincoln Memorial University
Why I chose Greenville: The most impressive factor that brought me to GHS was the overall collegiality that I observed during my interview, dinner, and visit. The atmosphere of collegiality was evident throughout the house staff as well in the attending physicians. I was impressed when I saw residents actually laughing and enjoying themselves. The environment seemed inviting and welcoming, opposed to malignant and intimidating. My wife and I were blown away by the downtown environment when we visited during the interview. In further research, I found that downtown Greenville was vibrant, consistently award-winning, and offered a great dining scene. All the while being close to several state parks with miles of safe trails for hiking and outdoor activities. In addition, Greenville appeared to have a very mild and enjoyable climate. We also found the low cost of living very appealing. We have a small daughter and we were delighted to find that the educational system was highly rated. There were many churches of various denominations that were extremely active in the community, which was yet another drawing point for us. My wife and I were amazed to find the number of transplants to the city, proving that our overall impression of Greenville was shared by people from across the country.