Tidelands Health working to establish physician residency program, attract new doctors to region

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Published on November 19, 2015

Tidelands Health working to establish physician residency program, attract new doctors to region

November 19, 2015

Tidelands Health is working to establish physician residency programs in its hospitals, a landmark initiative that will bring new doctors to the region and improve patient care by promoting a culture of learning and innovation within Tidelands facilities.

The health system recently achieved institutional accreditation from the Accreditation Council on Graduate Medical Education, a significant step forward in the process to make residency programs a reality. Now, Tidelands will seek approval to establish a three-year family medicine residency program. Upon approval, it is anticipated the first family medicine residents will begin training at Tidelands hospitals in 2017.

Physician residency programs provide post-graduate training for doctors who have completed their medical degrees. Tidelands residency programs will be developed with support from the Medical University of South Carolina), which will provide curriculum and some faculty. Tidelands Health physicians will also serve as faculty members.

Upon the successful launch of the family medicine residency program, Tidelands plans to establish additional residency programs for physicians and provide clinical rotations for other health care professionals.

“We know many physicians choose to establish their medical practice in the community where they complete their residency,” said Dr. Phil Dulberger, Tidelands’ senior vice president and chief medical officer. “By offering residency programs, we are investing in the future of our region – training new physicians who will provide care in our region for years to come.”

Dr. Terry Steyer, chair of family medicine at MUSC, said the Tidelands residency program will be particularly attractive to new physicians because it will allow residents to learn in a community hospital setting supported by the academic expertise of MUSC. The residency program will emphasize transformational servant leadership.

“MUSC is excited about developing this program with Tidelands Health,” Dr. Steyer said. “The program we are working on will have a focus on developing physician leaders for community hospitals, which will provide a unique focus in the region.

About Tidelands Health
Tidelands Health is the largest health care provider in Georgetown and Horry counties. With three hospitals and more than 40 outpatient locations that stretch from Andrews to North Myrtle Beach, Tidelands Health is improving lives across the Tidelands region.

About MUSC

Founded in 1824 in Charleston, The Medical University of South Carolina is the oldest medical school in the South. Today, MUSC continues the tradition of excellence in education, research and patient care. MUSC educates and trains more than 3,000 students and residents and has nearly 13,000 employees, including approximately 1,500 faculty members. As the largest non-federal employer in Charleston, the university and its affiliates have collective annual budgets in excess of $2.2 billion. MUSC operates a 750-bed medical center, which includes a nationally recognized Children's Hospital, the Ashley River Tower (cardiovascular, digestive disease, and surgical oncology), Hollings Cancer Center (a National Cancer Institute designated center), Level I Trauma Center and Institute of Psychiatry. For more information on academic information or clinical services, visit musc.edu. For more information on hospital patient services, visit muschealth.org.


Tidelands Health is the region’s largest health care provider and MUSC Health affiliate, serving the Carolinas at four hospitals and more than 60 outpatient locations. More than 2,500 employee, physician and volunteer partners work side by side with our communities to transform the health of our region – promoting wellness, preventing illness, encouraging recovery and restoring health.