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Director's Welcome

Dr. Michael Malone

Welcome! We are excited for you to learn more about our Tidelands Health MUSC Family Medicine Residency Program, which has all the elements of a traditional family medicine program delivered in the setting of a friendly beach community. The program is the result of collaboration between Tidelands Health and the Medical University of South Carolina. Our institutions have endeavored to create a high-quality, innovative residency that produces successful and highly skilled physician leaders. It offers the best of both worlds -- an unopposed residency at a community hospital with the academic resources of MUSC.  Great effort went into creating a residency that produces leaders, promotes resiliency and fosters a culture of teamwork. It is the first residency program in the Tidelands Health system and is a source of great enthusiasm and pride for our patients, residents, faculty and staff.  

We believe leadership skills are paramount for future physician practice. Therefore, our residency program has a three-year longitudinal leadership training experience. Through this longitudinal curriculum, you will be trained to be a Lean/Six-Sigma green belt and will learn about the health care system and population health. In addition, we will help you develop your own personal leadership style. 

Another unique feature of our program is its focus on building individual resilience. Each resident is given a fitness tracker and offered a gym membership. There are weekly classes offered in meditation, yoga, stress reduction, nutrition and sleep.  Throughout residency, you will be encouraged to make healthy lifestyle choices and be educated on the effects of lifestyle on health and well-being. It is hoped these skills will help you cope with stress, achieve a healthy work-life balance, reduce burnout and increase professional satisfaction.

A key to an excellent training program is the quality of the residents and faculty who form it.  We are fortunate to have a diverse and cohesive group of talented residents who are supportive of one another.  We also have dedicated faculty who love to teach, get to know you personally and are nationally recognized for their teaching and leadership. 

We are committed to training residents who can excel in practice anywhere. Tidelands Health provides a rich variety of patient complexity. We see patients who have chosen to come to the area from all over the United States. Here, you will be trained to become a lifelong learner, and we’ll enable you to provide evidence-based care to your patients.

Tidelands Health is committed to the program’s success, as evidenced by the recent construction of a new, state-of-the-art education and clinical residency center built specifically for the residency program.  The residency facility is located in one of the fastest-growing areas in the United States and features 24 exam rooms, teaching and lounge space for residents and an outdoor labyrinth for meditation.   

The lifestyle here is unparalleled. There are great restaurants with fresh seafood and live music, shopping and outdoor activities that include watersports and extensive bike paths. There are also magnificent gardens, state parks and pristine beaches where you can surf or paddleboard after a long shift. Charleston is a short drive south and Myrtle Beach a short drive north.

The Tidelands Health MUSC Family Medicine Residency Program is supportive, challenging, flexible, innovative and responsive to the needs of the resident physician. This is a program you can help shape, grow, and develop. We think the possibilities are endless. I could write pages commending the virtues of our program, because I believe we have one of the best training programs in the country.  Instead, I invite you to apply and come see for yourself!

Mike Malone, MD

Program Director