Residency Program Director, Dr. Ashlyn Savage
Welcome to the Medical University of South Carolina Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology's web site. We are delighted that you are interested in learning more about our program. We believe that we have created a residency program in which you gain experience and skills in obstetrics, gynecology, and women's health care in an environment that is progressive, dynamic and supportive.
The strongest and the most appealing aspect of our residency program is our people. Faculty members are recruited not only for their clinical skills but also for their love for teaching. As a result, the residents and faculty have and maintain a unique relationship. The residents work in an environment where they feel comfortable asking questions and approaching faculty for advice and direction in their professional and personal lives. Equally important is the camaraderie that the residents have built with each other. They are very supportive of each other in and outside of the workplace. They approach patient care as a team and work together to accomplish their goals. After work many of our residents socialize together and maintain close friendships. During our recruiting process, we look for individuals who will contribute and thrive in this type of system.
We are also very proud of the quality of the education you receive during your residency program. We have a rotation schedule that covers the depth and breadth of obstetrics and gynecology. You are exposed to routine obstetrics, high-risk obstetrics, ultrasound, benign gynecology, gynecologic oncology, urogynecology, and infertility. Our patient population is diverse and the volume is sufficient to gain the experience you need for independent practice. The residents have a primary care continuity clinic at least one half-day per week and then participate in other specialized clinics such as maternal-fetal medicine, colposcopy and gynecologic oncology. All of the rotations are done at the Medical University Hospital with one exception. Residents spend 10 weeks as a third year resident in Spartanburg, South Carolina. Spartanburg is located about three hours from Charleston, and the department maintains a condo there for our residents. During this rotation, our residents serve as consultants to the Family Medicine department on obstetric and gynecology patients, manage a small inpatient gynecologic oncology service and operate on both benign and oncology patients. This provides exposure to a variety of surgical procedures and exposure to private practice. This rotation remains a favorite among our residents.
No discussion of the program would be complete without mentioning the city of Charleston, South Carolina. It is no accident that this area is frequently ranked as a top location for visiting or relocating. Charleston offers mild year round climate, beautiful beaches and a plethora of social and cultural activities. Whether you are single or have a family, this is a wonderful place to live and work. We hope you will consider a visit to Charleston to see for yourself.