What are the patient demographics of Grand Strand Health?

Our patient demographics are broad and have all ages and ranges from children, to young active families, to retirees and the elderly. The wide spectrum of patients and pathology offer an excellent clinical learning environment.

What is the hospital size?

Grand Strand Health is a multi-facility health system located on the coast of the Grand Strand Community and has facilities throughout the Grand Strand area to provide quality and convenient healthcare.

Grand Strand Medical Center is a 325-bed acute care hospital serving residents of Horry and the surrounding counties. Our hospital offers the only interventional cardiology program, cardiac surgery program, neurosurgery program, and pediatric intensive care unit (PICU) in Horry and Georgetown counties. By 2019, Grand Strand Medical Center will house Grand Strand Health’s Inpatient Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation Unit as well as a dedicated Linear Accelerator for the delivery of on-site radiation therapy. Grand Strand Medical Center is designated as a Level-I Adult Trauma Center and a Level-II Pediatric Trauma Center by South Carolina DHEC. Grand Strand Medical Center has been recognized by the Joint Commission for outstanding care in the following areas: chest pain, knee and hip replacement, and sepsis and stroke. Additionally, Grand Strand Medical Center has received a number of awards from the American Heart Association for our treatment of heart attacks and stroke.

North Strand ER is a 24-hour emergency department located in the North Myrtle Beach area.

South Strand Medical Center currently features a 24-hour emergency department, laboratory services, radiology services, and cardiac and pulmonary rehabilitation. By 2019, the South Strand Medical Center will house Grand Strand Health’s Inpatient Psychiatric Unit.

The Advanced Wound Center is located in the South Strand Medical Center complex and is an outpatient facility for the treatment of chronic, non-healing wounds. The Center features private treatment rooms and state-of-the-art hyperbaric technology.

The Breast Care Center provides outpatient diagnostic services including X-ray, CT scan, and ultrasound. The Center is a dedicated women’s center providing digital mammography, breast education, bone densitometry, ultrasound, and X-ray services.

Carolina Forest Imaging Center offers outpatient procedures including 16-slice CT, MRI/Breast MRI, digital mammography, bone densitometry, ultrasound, and X-ray.

HealthFinders is Grand Strand Health’s community health information resource center, located in the Coastal Grand Mall. This facility offers a wide range of seminars, hospital and health information, free and no-cost health screenings, wellness classes, and special events.

What is the annual resident’s salary, resident benefits, and does the program offer reimbursement for educations materials, activities, and conferences?

For the 2017-2018 academic year, PGY-1 Residents have an annual salary of $50,500 and received an educational stipend (in two payments) of $4,250. This stipend pays for orientation, education materials, USMLE/COMLEX Step 3, specialty society memberships, and educational opportunities such as regional or national conferences.

Additionally, the residency will cover the expense for: life support training (BLS/ACLS), state licensure, DHEC and DEA licenses, in-service training exams, pagers, and two lab coats per year. Residents will also be given a Microsoft Surface Pro during their time at Grand Strand.

Finally, all Grand Strand Residents have access to the HCA Total Rewards program which offers a number of standard benefit options for residents and their families. Benefits include medical, dental, vision, wellness, disability, retirement benefits, employee stock purchase program, and consumer discounts.

For additional information our resident benefit packages, please visit the GME Resident Benefits page: http://grandstrandmed.com/professionals/graduate-medical-education/benefits.dot.

What is the time off allowance for residents?

Residents receive four weeks of paid time off (PTO) each academic year.

What are the start and end dates for this program’s academic year?

The official contracted start date will be July 1, 2018 with an end date of June 30th, 2019. Mandatory orientation sessions will be held during the final two weeks of June 2018 with exact dates to be determined.

Does Grand Strand Medical Center offer externships or observerships?

Grand Strand Medical Center does not offer observerships at this time.

We do offer externships or “sub-I’s” to fourth year medical students through the Visiting Student Application Service (VSAS). Our rotations can be viewed by logging into VSAS, https://services.aamc.org/20/vsas/public/results.

For additional information regarding externships, please contact our Medical Student Coordinator, Kam Richardson at Kam.Richardson@hcahealthcare.com or (843) 848-4676.

What is a Transitional Year (TY) Residency? How is a TY Residency different from other “Preliminary” Intern Years?

The Transitional Year Residency is a one year residency program with a broad clinical focus with the intent of preparing the graduates for their advanced residency programs (i.e., anesthesia, dermatology, radiology, etc.). The goals of training are similar across all intern years, with a focus on hospital based patient care. Typically, surgical preliminary interns will focus on surgical patients, while medical preliminary interns will take care of medical patients, and pediatrics preliminary interns will take care of children. A Transitional Year Resident/Intern will take care of all three patient populations, leading to broad clinical exposure. The greatest asset of the Transitional Year Residency is that there is a great deal of flexibility in scheduling and elective preference, allowing TY Residents to focus on their personal interests.

What is unique about the program?

Our program focuses on interactive small group teaching and one-on-one interaction with experienced physicians. You will be exposed to high volumes of medical and surgical patients at one of the busiest hospital organizations in the region, providing exposure to a variety of both common and complex pathologies. Grand Strand Medical Center is home to one of the busiest Trauma Centers in the state (one of five with Level I Trauma designation) and is also a center of stroke and cardiovascular excellence. Our residents are an important part of the medical culture and are integrated in other aspects including hospital wide quality improvement and research opportunities.

Are Transitional Year Residents involved in scholarly activity?

Yes, Transitional Year residents must complete a number of projects during their year at Grand Strand Medical Center. During the course of the academic year, Transitional Year residents must complete two Patient-Centered Evidenced Based Learning Exercise (PEBLE) assignment. Transitional Year residents are also required to participate in team-based Quality Improvement (QI) projects focusing on patient safety and/or enhancing medical education. Transitional Year Residents are also required to submit at least one of the following during their TY year: an abstract/poster at a local or national meeting, or submit a manuscript to a peer reviewed journal.

What is the size of the program?

The Grand Strand Medical Center Transitional Year Residency Program will have 12 residents.

Do you accept applications from DOs?

Yes, we accept applications from both MD and DO students.

How do I apply for your program?

If you are interested in applying to our Transitional Year Residency Program, you must submit an application electronically via the National Resident Matching Program (NRMP) and the Electronic Residency Application Service (ERAS).

The required documents to be submitted via ERAS include:

  • MyERAS Application
  • Photograph
  • ECFMG Certificate* If Applicable
  • MSPE/Dean’s Letters
  • Medical School Transcripts
  • USMLE/COMLEX transcripts
  • Three Letters of Recommendation
  • Personal Statement We recommend that you indicate your future specialty and specific reasons why you are interested in Grand Strand Medical Center.

Our NRMP Program Number is 1761999P0.

Does your program have an application deadline?

Applications must be received by December 1st, 2017. However, we highly recommend that you submit your ERAS application as soon as possible due to the high volume of applications we receive and the limited number of interview slots available. Generally, interview slots are filled by the end of October.

Do you require all candidates take the USMLE Exams?

We will accept COMLEX score in lieu of USMLE scores for our Osteopathic candidates.

Do you have USMLE/COMLEX minimum score requirements?

We do not have absolute score requirements. However, we do hope that our applicants pass their examinations on their first attempt. In order to be eligible for ranking (mid-February), a candidate must have passed Step 1, Step 2 CK, and Step 2 CS.

Does your program have specific requirements regarding medical school graduation date?

Applicants must not be more than two years from their medical school graduation dates.

Does your program accept International Medical Graduates (IMGs)?

Yes, all international medical graduates (IMGs) must have a valid ECFMG certificate before being considered for an interview. IMG applicants must also have recent US clinical experience and provide letters of recommendation demonstrating such.

Does your program provide visa sponsorship?

Due to the nature and short length of the Transitional Year Residency Program we will not be able to accommodate residents requiring visa sponsorship.

If I have questions, who can I contact?

For further communication, please contact Caroline Diez, the Transitional Year Program Coordinator at (843) 848-4670 or GSMC.TYRes@hcahealthcare.com.