AnMed Health becomes first branch campus of MUSC

AnMed Health finalized an agreement with the Medical University of South Carolina (MUSC) in Charleston last Friday to become its first branch campus. Through the partnership, selected third- and fourth-year MUSC students will complete their final two years of education at AnMed Health. Six third-year students will arrive on campus next fall. By 2017, a total of 24 medical students will train in Anderson each year – 12 in each class.

“Expanding medical education opportunities is an important part of our strategy to address the growing shortage of primary care physicians and specialists in our area and to improve future access to care,” said AnMed Health CEO John A. Miller, Jr. “MUSC’s long and esteemed record of preparing physicians for careers in all branches of medicine is very much aligned with this strategy, making the partnership a natural fit and a great thing for the Anderson community. We’re honored that MUSC chose AnMed Health as a partner.”

Students may apply for the Anderson program upon admission to MUSC. After completing two years of basic medical training in Charleston, those who are selected will spend their final two years of medical school at AnMed Health. Working under the direct supervision of an attending physician, students will rotate through each major discipline of medicine and will see patients once a week at the Anderson Free Clinic.

According to AnMed Health Executive Vice President and Chief Medical Officer Dr. Mike Tillirson, AnMed Health’s medical education program emphasizes primary care and seeks to recruit and retain students from the Upstate to continue their practice in the local community.

“As the baby boomer generation ages, the need for well-trained physicians will continue to grow,” said Dr. Tillirson. “It is our hope that many of the students who come to Anderson through this program will continue with their residency training at AnMed Health and eventually practice locally.”

According to Dr. Tillirson, AnMed Health’s partnership with South Carolina’s largest medical school also brings access to extensive research, the most current developments in medicine, and nationally-recognized experts in a wide range of specialties.

The majority of costs will be covered by tuition fees. However, AnMed Health will add two new faculty members in order to accommodate the program. In addition, $1 million was included in the state budget to help support the physical infrastructure for medical education at the Anderson-based MUSC branch campus in the future.

AnMed Health has been involved in the education of health professionals since its founding in 1908. The health system has offered medical education for physicians since 1974, when its three-year post-graduate family medicine residency program was established. Last year, in a partnership similar to the one being formed with MUSC, the health system became a clinical teaching site for third- and fourth-year medical students from the Edward Via College of Osteopathic Medicine (VCOM) in Spartanburg.

In addition to its traditional family medicine residency program, AnMed Health offers a rural track family medicine residency in Seneca as well as a one-year sports medicine fellowship program for physicians. The health system is also home to the only hospital- based training program for radiologic technologists in South Carolina, and offers an accredited clinical pastoral education program for chaplains.

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