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Published on March 22, 2018

Tidelands Health MUSC Family Medicine Residency Program welcomes second class of resident physicians

The Tidelands Health MUSC Family Medicine Residency Program is welcoming its second full class of resident physicians, marking another milestone for the program.

The eight new residents, a diverse group of physicians from across the country, were formally paired with the program last week. They begin training in July and will participate in three years of hands-on learning under the supervision of experienced physicians from Tidelands Health and the Medical University of South Carolina.

The residency program welcomed its charter class of eight residents in 2017 and is expected to reach its full capacity of 24 residents with the addition of a third eight-member class in 2019. The goal of the program is to attract new physicians to help support the region’s growing population.

“For a new residency program to fill all available slots in its first two years with resident physicians of this caliber is a tremendous accomplishment,” said Dr. Michael Malone, program director. “It’s great news for our region because doctors tend to stay in the communities where they complete their residency.”

The residency program offers residents broad-based training in family medicine with an emphasis on leadership and work-life balance. The resident physicians, working in in tandem with experienced faculty physicians, see patients at Tidelands Health Family Medicine at Holmestown Road.

The practice is expected to offer more than 20,000 patient visits per year once the residency program reaches its full capacity of 24 resident physicians in 2019.

“The Tidelands Health MUSC Family Medicine Residency Program is a major investment in the health and wellness of our region,” said Bruce Bailey, president and CEO of Tideland Health. “It benefits the entire community by expanding the capacity of our health care network.”

The residency program is one of many ways that Tidelands Health is responding to the region’s population growth.

Other examples include Tidelands Health Medical Park at The Market Common, a new 65,000-square-foot medical facility under construction in Horry County. The new location will be home to a wide variety of services, including physician offices, physical therapy, imaging, pain management, laboratory and more.

In addition, Tidelands Health has announced plans to partner with Encompass Health for the construction of a new, 46-bed inpatient rehabilitation hospital in Little River.

The new residents are: Nathan Craig, Jerry M. Wallace School of Osteopathic Medicine at Campbell University; John Coward, University of South Carolina School of Medicine; Joshua Davis, Brody School of Medicine at East Carolina University; Vinh Doan, St. George’s University School of Medicine; Lauren Munck, Edward Via College of Osteopathic Medicine; Rehan Muttalib, American University of the Caribbean School of Medicine; Alexander Suda, Ross University School of Medicine; and Catherine Wood, Ross University School of Medicine.

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Tidelands Health is the largest health care provider in Georgetown, Horry and Williamsburg counties. With three hospitals and more than 50 outpatient locations that stretch from Andrews to North Myrtle Beach, Tidelands Health is helping people across the Tidelands region live better lives through better health.