Prashant Raghavendran, D.O. - Third Year
Hometown: Austin, TX
Medical School: Texas College of Osteopathic Medicine
Undergraduate: University of Texas at Dallas
Favorite things about Charleston: The food, the history, the beaches and the overall forgiving weather year round
Career/Research interests: Transition of care of healthy/complex pediatric patients to adulthood, bleeding and clotting disorders, global health (specifically adolescent health education)
Why MUSC Med-Peds? MUSC provided me the opportunity to experience southern hospitality in the same context as East Coast academic rigor. Everyone here cares about everyone else’s wellness, and with a smaller program, that creates a stronger sense of community. The staff and faculty are immediately available to help and guide us, and we integrate very well into our categorical cohort programs. The residents are empowered to create change where they see the need. Working at the main tertiary care center for the state, we are afforded the ability to experience both complex pathology and care of healthy individuals across every specialty at an appropriate volume. If that doesn’t sum it up, I guess living in one of the most scenic, historical and cuisine forward social microcosms in the US has its added perks.
Mason Walgrave, M.D. – Third Year
Hometown: Aurora IL
Medical School: Chicago Medical School
Undergraduate: University of Illinois - Urbana Champaign
Favorite thing about Charleston: Is the amount of sunny days here. I also am a big fan of the beaches and outdoor cafes/bars around for a weekend or weekday night which is very nice. The people are generally very friendly, and it has some of the big city feel but is still pretty easy to get around and has its quiet moments too.
Career/Research interests: I enjoy quality and efficiency research and programs. Essentially, I want to work really hard while I'm here and then be able to leave work at work and have time for my other interests and hobbies. I think with EPIC our EHR hasn't really been used to its fullest, and there are lots of ways we can do things quicker and faster, and I want to streamline these kinds of things both in residency and moving forward. Additionally, I enjoy the quality safety aspect because it makes gratifying changes and allows me to be a part of the hospital and an effort for positive change besides just the work I do as a resident. Ideally, I would go on to work in academic medicine moving forward to help teach, care for patients, and continue to improve the residency program/lifestyle to make better and better physicians.
Why MUSC Med-Peds? Med-Peds because I like the entire spectrum of ages and appreciate that there are occasions where you interact with a mature child or are counseling very young parents that might not fit in the mold of either specialty. I also think that mixing different specialties and practice styles is the only way to be innovative, and the more combined or mixed specialty people that work in a program, the better programs function and more creative/problem solving we all think and become. I chose MUSC originally to live near my twin brother and his wife, who frequently double as my best friends. Though I should point out that they moved away just before I started my intern year, and I had NO regrets. The people in the Med-Peds program have been incredible. They're very smart, witty, and caring, and set a very lofty goal for me and my time at MUSC.
Leah Broadhurst, M.D. – Third Year
Hometown: Gastonia, NC
Medical School: Georgetown University
Graduate: University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill
Favorite things about Charleston: The temperate climate and the culinary scene
Career/Research interests: Primary Care, Public Health, Health Equity
Why MUSC Med-Peds? As a large academic medical center with strong roots in the community, MUSC provides a great learning environment for my varied interests. However it’s the people that drew me to MUSC, everyone is very supportive and invested in helping you grow professionally and personally, and overall people are fun to be around which makes the long days’ worth it.
Laura Brown, M.D. – Third Year
Hometown: Huntsville, Alabama
Medical School: University of South Alabama
Undergraduate: Auburn University
Favorite things about Charleston: Architecture and flowers
Career/Research interests: Combined Hospitalist, Obesity
Why MUSC Med-Peds? I loved that MUSC had strong medicine and pediatric categorical problems, and was located in beautiful Charleston. After being here a year, I have fallen in love with the strong support we have from faculty on both sides, and especially our beloved Dr. Mennito.
Susan Evenhouse, M.D. – Third Year
Hometown: Charlotte, North Carolina
Medical School: Medical University of South Carolina
Undergraduate: The University of Texas at Austin
Favorite things about Charleston: The landscape, the wealth of outdoor activities, the unreal food scene and some of the kindest people you will ever meet.
Career/Research interests: Medical Education, Adult and Pediatric Hospital Medicine
Why MUSC Med-Peds? After going to medical school here, I couldn't imagine a better place to train. I knew I would have great role models because the attending physicians are phenomenal clinicians and great teachers. I love our patient population and how we serve as the tertiary referral center for our state. We get to see extremely rare and cool cases, but also become very comfortable with bread and butter community medicine.
Patricia Smith, M.D. – Third Year
Hometown: Murfreesboro, TN
Medical School: University of Tennessee Health Science Center
Undergraduate: Vanderbilt University
Favorite things about Charleston: The sunshine and beautiful scenery, live oaks, beaches, farmers markets, beautiful buildings downtown
Career/Research interests: Nutrition and lifestyle interventions in the management of chronic disease and overall health, primary care, underserved communities, preventive medicine
Why MUSC Med-Peds? The small, supportive, and close-knit Med-Peds group, excellent training on both medicine and pediatrics, enthusiastic and supportive program directors
Charish Buffa, M.D. – Second Year
Hometown: Athens, Georgia
Medical School: Morehouse School of Medicine
Undergraduate: University of Georgia
Favorite things about Charleston: amazing food, multiple beaches to choose from, beautiful scenery/history, AND almost everywhere is pet friendly!
Career/Research interests: I'm still undecided, but I'm interested in hospital medicine vs Heme/Onc
Why MUSC Med-Peds? After being here a year now, I am very confident I chose the right place. I love the people here (specifically our med-peds family!), supportive atmosphere on both categorical sides, and training at a strong academic center. Also, you can't beat living 10 minutes from the beach!
Laura Smallcomb, M.D. – Second Year
Hometown: Boston, MA
Medical School: Drexel University College of Medicine
Graduate: University of Pennsylvania, MA
Undergraduate: Northeastern University
Favorite things about Charleston: The restaurants, the weather
Career/Research interests: ICU, Cardiology
Why MUSC Med-Peds? I loved the depth and the scope that Med-Peds involved, allowing me to have a residency that spanned the gamut of age and illness severity, while continuing to keep the doors open for potential fellowships and specialization in the future
Molly Stone, M.D. – Second Year
Hometown: Tuscaloosa, AL
Medical School: University of Alabama Birmingham
Undergraduate: University of Alabama, Tuscaloosa
Favorite things about Charleston: amazing city, seafood everywhere and the people are so friendly.
Career/Research interests: GI, likely IBD
Why MUSC Med Peds? I was searching for a program with strong, supportive categorical programs but also with a close-knit Med-Peds group which I found here. Everyone is incredibly welcoming and constantly helping me both figure out my plans and reach my goals.
Sophia Urban, M.D. – Second Year
Hometown: Falls Church, VA
Medical School: Eastern Virginia Medical School (Norfolk, VA)
Graduate: University of Virginia, Charlottesville
Undergraduate: University of Virginia, Charlottesville
Favorite things about Charleston: I had never been to Charleston before my interview day at MUSC, but as soon as I arrived I was immediately drawn to the city’s vibrant culture and incredibly friendly residents. I love how it’s a quaint town with loads of southern charm and a rich history that still has a lot of hustle and bustle to keep you busy. Everyone you meet is always smiling, and it’s so easy to strike up a conversation with just about anyone, which is fantastic because there are so many people here who have amazing life stories to share! The warm, sunny weather and coastal location are perfect when you want to take advantage of the beach or enjoy different nautical activities when on a break from work. And of course, the food here is award-winning and absolutely delicious! Between the fresh seafood and old fashioned southern cooking, you’ll never go hungry in the Holy City!
Career/Research Interests: I’ve always had a love for primary care, and I can definitely envision myself working in a combined Med-Peds clinic in the future. But, in true Med-Peds fashion, I’m not opposed to pursuing subspecialty training after residency and I’m excited to keep my options open.
Why MUSC Med-Peds? Choosing to train in Med-Peds at MUSC was an easy decision for me as soon as I set foot in Charleston. Dr. Mennito was a joy to know right from the beginning and had a great vision for the future of the program that really made me excited to be going into the specialty. Krista our coordinator, the upper level residents, and all the MUSC staff I met were very welcoming, genuine, and down-to-earth people who I looked forward to calling my co-workers and friends. Everyone seemed so happy to work at MUSC and truly saw themselves as critical parts of a healthcare system dedicated to the service of patients in the Lowcountry. I loved the idea of working with such a diverse patient population in the Charleston area, including many underserved groups and our country’s Veterans at the VA. I was also impressed with MUSC overall as being a strong academic medical center with a wide array of patient complexity while maintaining the feel of a smaller community program where you can get to know everyone. I couldn’t be happier with my decision to train here!
John Bowman, IV, MD - Intern
Hometown: Virginia Beach, VA
Medical School: University of South Florida
Undergraduate: College of William & Mary
Favorite things about Charleston: great food and history
Career/research interests: critical care, cardiology, medical education, international medicine
Why MUSC Med-Peds? It's a great program and a great city, plus I'm much closer to my family here. I've always been undecided as to what I want out of my career, but I knew MUSC would give me excellent training in both medicine and pediatrics and set me up for any career path I choose.
Umakanthan Kavin, MD, MA - Intern
Hometown: Okemos, MI
Medical School: Charles E. Schmidt College of Medicine at Florida Atlantic University
Graduate: University of Michigan
Undergraduate: University of Michigan
Favorite things about Charleston: Charleston combines rich history, beaches, nightlife, southern hospitality, food, and climate all in one charming city.Career/Research Interests: Pediatric Cardiology, Adult Congenital Heart Disease, Medical Education
Why MUSC Med-Peds? I love how Med-Peds at MUSC is built on the foundation of two incredibly strong categorical programs. The clinical experiences here are second to none. I also cannot speak enough about the program leadership and the amount of support I feel from my co-interns and upper levels. You truly are working with your friends here.
Denise Kimbrough, MD, PhD - Intern
Hometown: Birmingham, Al
Medical School: Medical University of South Carolina
Graduate: Medical University of South Carolina, PhD
Undergraduate: The University of Alabama at Birmingham
Favorite thing about Charleston: I love being by the water, even though I can’t swim. There is something very peaceful about it.Career/Research Interest: I’m still torn between cardiology and adolescent medicine. I think I might find a way to do both with research. I plan to investigate the causes, prevention and treatment of adolescents in sports who have cardiovascular conditions.
Why MUSC Med-Peds? I believe I chose MUSC more so for the people. I learned in doing research that the education you get anywhere will always be the same, you will learn what you need to. However, how you spend your time obtaining that education and making memories depends on those you take the journey with. I feel like MUSC Med-Peds is a family and who better to spend four stressful, growing years with than family.