Program Benefits

For students interested in a rural residency, Seneca Lakes Family Medicine Residency offers many opportunities to pursue your interests.



This program will graduate its final class of residents in 2020. Thank you for your interest, but we are no longer accepting applications.

Seneca Lakes Family Medicine Residency Program in Seneca, SC is a community based 1+2 rural training program in family medicine. Our vision is to become a model rural training track, recognized as an exemplary site at which to prepare for a career in rural family practice.  Our program has become one of the nation's strongest rural tracks based on our rates of filling positions in the MATCH, passing ABFM certification, and placing graduates in rural practice.

Five second and third-year residents are trained in Seneca after completing internship at Anderson Area Medical Center. Oconee Medical Center is the site of inpatient training while the outpatient experience is at Seneca Medical Associates located 0.3 miles from the hospital.



The outpatient experience at Seneca Lakes is performed in a six-person private practice owned by OMC. The resident learns the "essence of family medicine" by seeing his/her own ambulatory care patients and discussing their medical care with a faculty member, often as one-on-one precepting. In the rural practice, this experience is of primary importance.

In addition to his/her family medicine center patients, other hospitalized and service patients will be the resident's responsibility. Center hours may vary depending on the assigned rotation.

Most of the intern year rotations are done at the tertiary care center in Anderson to take advantage of the higher volume of high complexity inpatient cases available there. All 2nd and 3rd year rotations are done in Seneca, with the exception of NICU and "away" electives you may choose.



The learning experiences at Seneca Medical provide opportunities for diagnostic and preventive care and health maintenance. Within the center there are 20 exam rooms and 2 additional procedure rooms. It has the largest full service laboratory in the area and does most of the laboratory tests & x-rays needed to diagnose and treat the practice population.

Our program focuses on procedural skills, practice management and obstetrics in rural family medicine. An emphasis is also placed on developing personal confidence and interpersonal relationships with local specialty faculty.

Curriculum Electives

•  International Medicine

  Local Rural Family Medicine Preceptorships

  Agricultural Medicine

  High-Risk Obstetrics




  Cardiology Procedures


  Wilderness Medicine Fellowship

Beneficial Experiences

  Ultrasound (abdominal, pelvic, vascular, & OB)

  Cryosurgery and Minor Surgery


  EGD, colon, and sigmoidoscopy

  Bone Densitometry (DEXA Scan)

  Holter Monitoring (24 Hour)

  Pulmonary Function Testing


  Routine Lab & X-Rays


Conferences are held every Monday afternoon and presented by residents, Family Medicine faculty and the local volunteer faculty. There is a Tumor Board meeting twice a month, reviewing oncology cases treated at OMC and the adjacent cancer center. A similar GYN tumor board is presented monthly. A monthly grand rounds is also done.


Call in the 2nd and 3rd year is taken from home.  The average frequency is every 5th night. Call during the intern year is in-house, and averages every 4th night. Moonlighting is allowed in 2nd and 3rd year after successful completion of STEP 3 boards & state licensure.  There are multiple moonlighting opportunities to further grow your clinical knowledge base.

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