MYRTLE BEACH, SC (WMBF) – The Grand Strand Medical Center announced Tuesday that it will become a teaching hospital with a Graduate Medical Education Program starting in July 2015.
"Our Grand Strand team is committed to providing the care and healthcare innovation our community needs. Becoming a teaching hospital is another step towards fulfilling this . This new residency program will develop highly-qualified physicians with hopes they continue their practices in our community," states Mark Sims, CEO of Grand Strand Medical Center.
The Internal Medicine Residency Program will have a total of 30 accredited residents by 2017, with 10 beginning this year, according to a news release from the hospital. The program will allow residents to focus on blocks of pure inpatient, specialty, or ambulatory patient care experiences.
The General Surgery Residency Program will have a total of 19 accredited residents by 2017, with the first six in 2015. Each graduating resident will average over 1,000 major surgery cases.
Both programs received accreditation from the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education last year, the release states. A dedicated education building with a simulation lab and classrooms will be completed for use by both programs.
WMBF News reporter Lisa Gresci is at Grand Strand Medical Center to learn more about what this means for hospital patients going forward. Tune in to WMBF News today beginning at 4 p.m. for her full report.