Pediatric Primary Care Residency

Group photo of Pediatric Primary Care Residents

The Pediatric Primary Care Residency (PCR) at MUSC began in 2011 with the goal of preparing residents to care for children in an outpatient setting. This program builds on the successful categorical residency program by providing approximately eight months of additional training in community settings over the 2nd and 3rd years of residency and a focused primary care didactic curriculum.

During second and third year, the PCR residents spend 6 weeks per year at MUSC Children’s Care Northwoods, a Medicaid Medical Home in North Charleston, SC. This clinic serves the large Spanish-speaking population in the area; 65% of their patients are children from immigrant families. The pediatricians at this site speak Spanish, as do many of the ancillary staff.  There are full-time bilingual patient navigators who are integral to helping families access healthcare and services. Our PCR residents will be encouraged to participate in some Spanish language education in preparation for this experience. For more information about MUSC Children’s Care Clinics, please visit our musckids.org page

The PCR residents additionally spend 10 weeks per year during the latter 2 years at Riverside Pediatrics or Hope Health. Riverside is a rural health clinic in Georgetown, SC, about an hour north of Charleston. This physician-owned private practice treats a mix of privately and publicly insured patients and is highly community engaged. Hope Health is a Federally Qualified Health Center in Florence, SC that serves many of the surrounding rural communities. They see a mix of private and publicly insured patients. In addition to primary care, they provide forensic pediatrics and some subspecialty services to the community.