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Resident Q&A

Brewer Eberly, M.D. - Chief Resident, Class of 2022

Q: Where did you grow up?
A: Traveler's Rest, SC

Q: Where did you attend medical school?
A: University of South Carolina School of Medicine in Columbia, SC.

Q: Why did you choose family medicine and when did you know that it was the type of medicine you wanted to practice?
A: A long story here, but the short version is that both my grandfather and father were family physicians. I thought I would be a full-time artist but unexpectedly felt called to medicine in high school. I truly locked into family medicine specifically after completing the Theology, Medicine, & Culture Fellowship at Duke Divinity School between my third and fourth year of medical school, where I came to see that family medicine probably represents the last vestige of what John McPhee called the heirs of general practice - the last "metaphysicians" who seemed to touch and participate in everything that bears on human life. I found that vast, pastoral vision of medicine utterly attractive.

Q: What impressed you about the AnMed Health Residency Program when you were interviewing for programs?
A: There can be a lot of selling and showmanship in interviewing, and it can be difficult to get a sense of how residents and faculty are behind the scenes, in reality - what life and training will really be like. But here at AnMed I just got this overwhelming sense of welcome, competency, authenticity, camaraderie. I loved the unopposed nature of the program, and I was impressed by some of the "build your own residency" qualities. All of that has proven true.

Q: What can you tell others about Anderson, SC?
A: We have two young kids and it has been a great place to raise them while being a resident. We make weekly trips to Greenville and Traveler's Rest for the food and the Swamp Rabbit trail. Several of the residents live on the lake, so we're often meeting there for last-minute gatherings or parties. There are several good haunts downtown to grab a drink or a cup of coffee. Overall Anderson is a smaller town with a rural feel in close proximity to one of the best micro-cities in America (Greenville), the Blue Ridge mountains, and lake life.

Sajiv Alias, M.D. - Chief Resident, Class of 2022

Q: Where did you grow up?
A: I was born in Nyack, New York but moved down South to Lawrenceville, Georgia when I was in middle school.

Q: Where did you attend medical school?
A: Medical College of Georgia in Augusta, GA

Q: Why did you choose Family Medicine and when did you know that was the type of medicine you wanted to practice?
A:After going through my 3rd year medical school rotations, the idea of training to provide compassionate, comprehensive, continuous care regardless of age, gender, ethnicity, creed, or socioeconomic status, was one that resonated the most with me. Family Medicine was the specialty that seemed to be the obvious choice to achieve those aspirations.

Q: What impressed you about the AnMed Health Residency Program when you were interviewing for programs?
A: AnMed was my #1 choice for residency and here are a few of the many reasons why:
-Good people all around.! Many of the faculty are former Residents of the program. I think there is obviously something special about a program where Attendings come back to teach at the program where they trained.
-Solid adult inpatient experience. Unopposed program with an open ICU, makes for an awesome learning experience.
-Ultrasound training opportunities. GE ultrasounds and Butterfly portable ultrasounds are available for use/practice pretty much anytime. Elective time available for further ultrasound learning.
-Sports Medicine experience/exposure. Fellowship program in house with three Sports Medicine trained Attendings and two Fellows, allows for plenty of sports medicine exposure both in clinic and outside.
-Teaching opportunities. AnMed serves as a rural campus for 3rd and 4th year MUSC medical students.

Q: What can you tell others about Anderson, SC?
A: Medium sized town with pretty much everything you need on a weekly basis locally. Lake Hartwell, Clemson, and downtown Greenville are all roughly within 30 minutes, making a fun day trip pretty convenient.
Low cost of living. My wife and I wanted to purchase a home, and we were able to find a new construction home that was very affordable.
Limited traffic. My commute to work is less then 10 minutes. Growing up outside of Atlanta where traffic is difficult to predict, made this a huge plus. The gym, grocery store, Target, Walmart, movie theater, chick fila, chipotle, taco bell, and downtown Anderson are all within 10 minutes of my house as well.