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OB/GYN Residency

Thank you for your interest in our residency program.

Though many university programs have much in common, our program offers a number of unique features:

  • Charleston is one of the grandest cities in America. It has been voted the friendliest city over the past several years. Our climate is fantastic, and there is water everywhere. It is very difficult to live more than 10-20 minutes from the Medical Center and traffic is very manageable. Charleston was ranked the #1 destination in the country and #1 in the world. Explore Charleston
  • The Medical Center is right in the midst of downtown with all of its charm and vitality. Unlike other cities, downtown is where people really do live and work. The Medical University is a freestanding state-supported medical center; it has recently become a hospital authority, which gives it remarkable independence from the typical constraints of state government.
  • Our Department is a family of attending physicians, resident physicians, student physicians, administrative staff, and nurses. I believe strongly that you will find the Medical University of South Carolina to be a pleasant place to spend four years. We care about each other, we look after each other, and this support extends well beyond the work place and the workday.
  • Our residency endorses graduated responsibility. We do not expect first year residents to be accomplished in the many facets of our specialty. With proper supervision, utilizing the chain of command, we do not allow residents to face situations, which they are ill equipped to handle. We are of the belief that it takes four years to be an ob/gyn resident, and I can promise you that at the end of that experience you will be well prepared for the next phase of your lives. All of our residents do well on the CREOG exams and all of our residents have passed the written examination of the American Board of Obstetrics and Gynecology on their first try.

The strongest and the most appealing aspect of our residency program is our people. Faculty members are recruited not only for their clinical skills but also for their love for teaching. As a result, the residents and faculty have and maintain a unique relationship. The residents work in an environment where they feel comfortable asking questions and approaching faculty for advice and direction in their professional and personal lives. Equally important is the camaraderie that the residents have built with each other. They are very supportive of each other in and outside of the workplace. They approach patient care as a team and work together to accomplish their goals. After work many of our residents socialize together and maintain close friendships. During our recruiting process, we look for individuals who will contribute and thrive in this type of system.

We are also very proud of the quality of the education you receive during your residency program. We have a rotation schedule that covers the depth and breadth of obstetrics and gynecology. You are exposed to routine obstetrics, high-risk obstetrics, ultrasound, benign gynecology, gynecologic oncology, urogynecology, and infertility. Our patient population is diverse and the volume is sufficient to gain the experience you need for independent practice. The residents have a primary care continuity clinic at least one half-day per week and then participate in other specialized clinics such as maternal-fetal medicine, colposcopy and gynecologic oncology. All of the rotations are done at the Medical University Hospital with one exception. Residents spend 8 weeks as a third year resident in Spartanburg, South Carolina. Spartanburg is located about three hours from Charleston, and the department maintains a condo there for our residents. During this rotation, our residents serve as consultants to the Family Medicine department on obstetrics and gynecology patients, manage a small inpatient gynecologic oncology service and operate on both benign and oncology patients. This provides exposure to a variety of surgical procedures and exposure to private practice. This rotation remains a favorite among our residents.

Stacey Livingston
843-792-7108
westbury@musc.edu
Medical University of South Carolina
Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology
96 Jonathan Lucas Street
MSC 619
Charleston, SC 29425