For students interested in a rural residency, Seneca Lakes Family Medicine Residency offers many opportunities to pursue your interests.
There are currently only approximately 25 1+2 rural training tracks (RTTs) in operation, out of approximately 75 that have been started. It might, therefore, be considered a risky venture to plan your training in such a program. Seneca Lakes has been operating continuously since 2001 and is fully accredited, with excellent rates of first-attempt passage of the ABFM Certifying Exam (9 out of 10 in the past four years classes). There are many factors that contribute to the success of any residency program, and to RTTs in particular.
A financially strong hospital with a dedicated teaching staff is most important to a quality education in Family Medicine. Oconee Medical Center is the largest hospital in the country hosting an RTT. With 158 beds, an open 12-bed ICU (all medical staff members have admitting privileges), and a cath lab, the volume and breadth of experience here exceeds the capacity of most other RTTs. The specialty volunteer faculty who host rotations in the second and third year will be teaching a resident, at most, three months out of the year. They are therefore fresh and ready to teach, rather than burning out from constant teaching. They often will ask “Hey, it’s been a while since I’ve had a resident. When is my next rotation?”
One of the strongest points is the obstetrical experience. There are currently three FP faculty doing C-sections, and a fourth will join in August 2014. There is also an OB group who is very involved in resident education, with a good understanding of the role of FPs in rural America. We do C-sections and post-partum BTLs, and there is a considerable in-office experience in ultrasound.
In addition to OB procedures, we perform EGDs and colonoscopies in the office; as well as Colposcopy, LEEP, cryotherapy, endometrial biopsy and vasectomy. At the hospital, residents learn to perform standard cardiac exercise testing and supervise nuclear stress tests.
Finally, all of the above culminates in recruiting excellent students. No program will survive without continually filling in the match with quality medical school graduates. Happy residents, who are cared for and prepared for, recruit good students to take their place. The flexibility of the curriculum allowed by a small program size is one of the most often cited values of our program. The beautiful mountain foothills setting and proximity to Clemson University, Atlanta and Greenville allow for ample recreational opportunities and jobs for spouses.
This successful, strong program speaks for itself. Contact us any time for more information, to make a visit, to schedule a clinical rotation, or to speak to a resident or faculty member.