Medical Education

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.

Phillip Thomas, DO - Chief Resident, Class of 2019

"My name is Phil Thomas and I am originally a West Virginia native. My wife and I migrated to SC in 2012 so I could attend the Edward Via College of Osteopathic Medicine in Spartanburg, SC for medical school. We immediately fell in love with the Upstate. We loved the proximity to the mountains, beach, and city without the added cost of living. Additionally, there was a lot of opportunity for my wife to find a job as a newly graduated registered nurse. Given our love for the Upstate, I was looking at residency programs within this geographical area. In particular, I was looking for a program that would train me to be able to go out and practice traditional family medicine and teach in a faculty position out of residency. AnMed Health Family Medicine Residency Program offered just that.

"After interviewing at programs from Maine to SC, my wife and I felt a peace about being at AnMed Health. I had confidence that the training I would receive here would be second to none for my goals of eventually teaching on faculty after I graduate. AnMed Health has been a great place to learn and grow as a resident and if I had it to do all over, I wouldn't change single thing! Additionally, it's been a great place to have a family. My wife and I just had a child in February and the support we've received from the residency program and my fellow residents has been unbelievable. We truly are a family here at AnMed Health and that's not something you can find just anywhere."

Lara Smith, MD - Chief Resident, Class of 2019

"I grew up and studied in Georgia, graduated from the Medical College of Georgia in Athens, and love working as a resident in Anderson. I would like to end up back in Georgia someday, but plan to travel first.

"I chose the AnMed Health Family Medicine Residency Program because the people made me feel at home and there are so many opportunities to have flexibility in the curriculum for any interests. I wanted a residency program that was well-rounded, could provide me with a great education and had a welcoming culture. The other residents, faculty, and staff here at AnMed Health can’t be beat.

"After I graduate, I plan to practice small town family medicine and hopefully teach."