Resident Life

AnMed Health residents leave with more than solid medical training. They leave with a family. New Resident Weekend lets incoming physicians explore their surroundings and get to know the residency staff. Social outings throughout the year - from supper clubs to trivia nights - help residents and faculty form lasting friendships. 

The best way to learn is by doing. So in addition to practicing family medicine, residents go through a variety of experiences from a mock deposition to a weeklong procedures workshop. A community medicine scavenger hunt allows residents to discover the wealth of resources Anderson has to offer. If you've got the makings of a world traveler, ask about AnMed Health's global health elective. This unique opportunity has allowed several residents to travel abroad and gain an understanding of health care in other countries. 

There’s No Place Like Home

Dr. Jeff Cashman was already familiar with Upstate South Carolina when two AnMed Health physicians came to lecture at his medical school. Having grown up in Anderson and graduated from nearby Clemson University, he knew the quality of life he would find here.

Dr. Cashman's many reasons for choosing the AnMed Health Family Residency Program included the opportunity to be part of a close-knit group of first year residents; the chance to work in a community-based, unopposed program; and access to the area's numerous recreation opportunities.

"When you're the only residency program in town, there are smaller numbers of students and more face-to-face time with faculty," said Dr. Cashman, a graduate of the Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine - Georgia Campus. "Because of its size, we're treated with more respect. We deal with specialists one and one, and they want to teach us."

So far, the residency program has been an invaluable experience for Dr. Cashman, who wants to practice family medicine in a small town. Even as a resident, he already feels like an integral part of AnMed Health's medical community. 

"The faculty members do a good job giving residents a lot of freedom with oversight, but they also make sure we know they're available if we have a question," he said. "I love the faculty, who are in all ages and stages of their careers. It's a nice mix of young and enthusiastic doctors as well as older doctors who have a vast wealth of knowledge."

A Genuine Approach

Welcoming. That's how Dr. Janice Brown describes AnMed Health, and that's the kind of organization she wanted to join after medical school.

In searching for a program near her hometown of Athens, Ga., she met AnMed Health physician and residency program director Dr. Stoney Abercrombie. He kept in touch and encouraged her to look seriously at Anderson.

"There is a lot of pathology and a lot to learn, but you feel like a peer here," she said. "They treat you like you're one of their own."

For her, the AnMed Health Family Medicine Residency Program is an opportunity to work closely with faculty who are approachable and genuine - something she didn't always feel when visiting other programs. Joining a program that fosters a community in which questions are encouraged and welcomed was a huge part of her decision.

"The faculty is really great. They talk to you like an equal and are very caring," said Dr. Brown, a graduate of the American University of the Caribbean School of Medicine. "In choosing a place to do residency, the biggest thing is finding a location you like and people that you enjoy working with."