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Transitional Year Residency: Current and Alumni

Class of 2019

Vijay Balakrishnan, MDVijay Balakrishnan, MD

Medical School: Emory University School of Medicine
Undergraduate: Emory University
Professional Interests: Dermatology
Hometown: Tucker, GA
Hobbies: Classical music, table tennis, traveling

"I had a wonderful interview day at Spartanburg Regional, where everyone was incredibly friendly the culture was supportive. The residents I spoke with seemed really happy with the program. I felt confident that I would be able to receive a strong, well-rounded clinical education while also having time for my interests outside of work. Finally, I was hoping to stay close to my family in Atlanta. I am looking forward to a fantastic year in Spartanburg! "

Sam Feldman, MDSam Feldman, MD

Medical School: Medical University of South Carolina College of Medicine
Undergraduate: College of Charleston
Professional Interests: Ophthalmology
Hometown: Columbia, SC
Hobbies: Cooking for a lot of people, especially grilling, surfing, fishing, hiking

" The great people, welcoming environment, and location were all important in my decision to come to SRHS. I believe SRHS is the perfect place to start my medical career."

Michael Hood, MDMichael Hood, MD

Medical School: University of South Carolina School of Medicine Greenville
Undergraduate: University of South Carolina Honors College
Professional Interests: Diagnostic/Interventional Radiology
Hometown: Irmo, SC
Hobbies: Piano, guitar, running, photography

"I am originally from Irmo, SC and wanted to stay in the southeast for residency. The Spartanburg Transitional Year Program has a well-known reputation for being among the best - not only for the high quality learning environment, but the friendliness and happiness innate to the faculty, staff, and residents. I chose Spartanburg because I was treated like family from the first minute of interview day."

Omar B. McCarty, MDOmar B. McCarty, MD

Medical School: East Tennessee State University James H. Quillen College of Medicine
Undergraduate: University of Tennessee Knoxville
Professional Interests: Radiology, Medical Education and Curriculum Development
Hometown: Strawberry Plains, TN
Hobbies: Sports, writing, music, cooking, reading, teaching, spending time with my wife and 4 children

"The people at SRHS are incredibly warm, caring, and friendly people. Dr. Brandon Davis and the others involved with the Transitional Year Program are genuinely invested in me and are truly committed to helping me ensure that my family life remains a priority during my residency training. The patient care and educational opportunities with SRHS are excellent, and Spartanburg is a wonderful city we hope to have the opportunity to settle in once we complete training. We are thrilled to be here!"

David Wade Redick, MDDavid "Wade" Redick, MD

Medical School: Medical University of South Carolina College of Medicine
Undergraduate: University of South Carolina Honors College
Professional Interests: Ophthalmology
Hometown: Irmo, SC
Hobbies: Basketball, camping, hiking, scuba diving

"I chose SRHS's Transitional Year Residency training because of the variety of training during intern year while still providing strong inpatient medical training. The Program Director, Dr. Davis, is very involved and values resident education. I believe this program will be a great step in my journey to become an Ophthalmologist."

Chelsea Reighard, MDChelsea Reighard, MD

Medical School: University of Michigan Medical School
Undergraduate: Clemson University
Professional Interests: Ophthalmology, global health, medical education, bioethics
Hometown: Clemson, SC
Hobbies: Sewing, hiking/backpacking, bird watching, language learning, attending art events and performances

"When it came time to make my transitional year rank list, I knew that Spartanburg Regional Healthcare System was a perfect fit. During the interview day, every attending physician, resident physician, and staff member exemplified the values of teamwork, compassion, and integrity. This program excels in developing superb clinicians in a welcoming, family-like environment. Additionally, I wanted to return to the Upstate for my intern year to serve my home community, to be close to my family and dear friends, and to enjoy everything this beautiful region offers."

Class of 2018

Kyle Cooper, MDKyle Cooper, MD

Medical School: Harvard Medical School
Undergraduate: Washington University, St. Louis
Professional Interests: Radiology / Neuroimaging
Hometown: Section, AL
Hobbies: College football, running, golf, reading

"The culture at Spartanburg stood out during my interview experience. I was impressed by the supporting attendings and flexibility in allowing me to design an intern year to meet my career goals. In addition, Spartanburg is a great fit for my family with an affordable cost of living and multiple vacation spots within hours driving distance."

Matt Floyd, MDMatthew Floyd, MD

Medical School: Medical University of South Carolina
Undergraduate: Clemson University
Professional Interests: Ophthalmology
Hometown: Cheraw, SC
Hobbies: Clemson sports, golf, fishing, hunting, snowboarding, travel, bothering Tyler Goff

"I chose Spartanburg Regional for my residency training because of its excellent educational resources that complement its unique family-oriented culture. Apart from many other programs, the app Ii cant evaluation process was geared towards discovering residents that would equally support their patients and fellow colleagues. These values were also reflected by the attending physicians that emphasized the role of personalized educational instruction and growth while also providing residents with the flexibility to participate within family and social opportunities. The incredible benefits also included access to the Carolina Country Club and Spartanburg Athletic Club. After experiencing SRHS first-hand, the Sparkle City TY Program fulfilled its long-standing reputation as one of the best in the country."

Tyler Goff, MDTyler Goff, MD

Medical School: University of South Carolina School of Medicine, Greenville SC
Undergraduate: Clemson University
Professional Interests: Ophthalmology, international medicine missions
Hometown: Sumter, SC
Hobbies: Cycling, running, hiking or anything else outdoors

"I chose Spartanburg because it allowed me the opportunity to receive an excellent foundation in clinical and hospital medicine, with the benefit of being exposed to various electives that will be beneficial for my career in ophthalmology. It also allowed me to be close to family and enjoy all that the Upstate has to offer."

Robert Morgan, MDRobert Mahon Morgan Jr., MD

Medical School: Wake Forest School of Medicine
Undergraduate: Clemson University
Professional Interests: Radiology, infectious disease, medical education, research
Hometown: Greenville, SC
Hobbies: Weight lifting, guitar, Clemson sports

"I am originally from Greenville, SC and wanted to stay in the southeast for residency. The Spartanburg Regional Transitional Year program has a reputation for being one of the best in the country and being just down the road from Greenville seemed like a perfect opportunity. If there was any question where I wanted to go for my intern year the interview day put those questions to rest. Faculty, residents and staff were all very warm and inviting. The current residents couldn’t have been happier with their decision and had nothing but positive things to say about their experience. The benefits offered are second to none. I am looking forward to a great year in Spartanburg."

Sam Ostrum, MDSam Ostrum, MD

Medical School: Ohio State University College of Medicine
Undergraduate: University of Virginia
Professional Interests: Medical education
Hometown: Columbus, OH
Hobbies: Travel, tennis, classic movies, American history

"Everyone I met on my interview day was incredibly friendly and welcoming. All of the residents that I talked to really enjoyed their time at the program. In the end, I knew that I would learn the essentials of clinical medicine in a supportive environment at Spartanburg. Plus, it is in a beautiful part of the country with plenty to do outdoors and it was close to family."

Tyler Willenbrink, MDTyler James Willenbrink, MD

Medical School: University of South Carolina School of Medicine
Undergraduate: University of South Carolina
Professional Interests: Dermatology
Hometown: Cincinnati, OH
Hobbies: Gamecock & Cincinnati sports, fishing, traveling, playing soccer & basketball

"I chose SRHS because of the wider and impressive range of opportunities, the support of the faculty and staff, and Spartanburg's location near so many major cities and outdoor activities."

Class of 2017

Brian Beaty, MD, PhD

Hometown: Oceanport, New Jersey
Undergraduate: Elon University, Elon, NC 
Medical School: Albert Einstein College of Medicine, Bronx, NY, MD/PhD
Matched: Radiation Oncology at UNC Chapel Hill
Hobbies: Running, golf, soccer

"In addition to being an excellent institution, the culture of Spartanburg Regional is what makes it a unique place to train. The residency program and academic attending physicians are incredibly supportive - going above and beyond to make sure we learn internal medicine, but also provide us with the flexibility to participate in important family and social events. Spartanburg is also a great place to live. It's close to the mountains, Charlotte and a few hours from the beach. Many of us have taken advantage of weekend trips to these locations as well as working out at the Spartanburg Athletic Club and playing golf at the Carolina Country Club. These are just a few perks of training at Spartanburg Regional."

Susannah Brown, MD

Hometown: Milton, MA 
Undergraduate: Bates College, Lewiston ME
Medical School: Medical University of South Carolina, Charleston SC
Matched: Ophthalmology at Storm Eye Institute (MUSC)
Hobbies: Horseback riding, hiking, art history and travel

"The Spartanburg TY program's reputation precedes it as an excellent institution to train and provide the important foundation in medicine we will need in our future specialty training programs. The attending physicians are knowledgeable and friendly, providing a learning environment where we are challenged to learn but well supported. I have enjoyed exploring the upstate and surrounding mountains, spending my free time hiking, horseback riding and learning to fly fish."

Bradley Cagle, MD

Hometown: Rome, GA
Undergraduate: Berry College, Mount Berry, GA
Medical School: Medical College of Georgia at Augusta University
Matched: Radiology at Wake Forest University
Hobbies: Running, weightlifting, water sports, classic cars

"I chose SRHS TY program due to the quality of the faculty as well as the family atmosphere of the residents. Spartanburg offers the feel of a small town, family friendly environment with the conveniences of larger cities such as Asheville, Charlotte, and Greenville close by. The work environment is friendly, supportive, and conducive to ample learning."

Aaron Noll, MD

Hometown: Fort Mitchell, Kentucky
Undergraduate: Vanderbilt University, Nashville, TN
Medical School: Vanderbilt University, Nashville, TN
Matched: Ophthalmology at University of Florida
Hobbies: Disc golf, playing sports, and hiking

"I have thoroughly enjoyed my time in Spartanburg and could not ask for better co-residents and faculty with whom to learn the art of medicine."

Amit Om, MD

Hometown: Florence, SC
Undergraduate: Virginia Commonwealth University, Richmond, VA
Medical School: Medical University of South Carolina, Charleston SC 
Matched: Dermatology at Florida State University
Hobbies: Tennis, reading, traveling

"When applying, I was looking for a TY program that blended a solid medicine education with the flexibility to do electives that will also be beneficial in my career. Here at SRHS, the curriculum allows for just that.  After having been here for 3 months, I can say with confidence that this is a great program. The faculty, other residents, and administration all make it a collegial environment conducive to learning."

Charlotte Wallace, MD

Hometown: Spartanburg, SC
Undergraduate: Clemson University, Clemson, SC
Medical School: Virginia Commonwealth University SOM, Ricmond, VA
Matched: Radiology at MUSC
Hobbies: tennis, reading, Clemson football!

"Spartanburg is my hometown, so it's nice to spend my intern year in a familiar place.  Spartanburg is a great town for young families. The Spartanburg TY has a long-standing reputation of being the most sought after PGY-1 year, and it has lived up to expectations every day during my time here.  We receive great training in internal medicine and have lots of opportunity to explore different specialties during out elective blocks. The perks of the program are great, allowing for recreation at Spartanburg Athletic Club and golf at Carolina Country Club for all those interested.  Sparkle City is also just a short drive away from many nice vacation spots from mountains to the coast which makes it almost effortless to enjoy time off."

Class of 2016


Austin Cail

Medical School: MCG at Georgia Regents University
Residency: Washington University in St. Louis, Radiology

PortraitMichael Garner

Medical School: UNC
Residency: UNC, Dermatology

PortraitLauren Hollins

Medical School: Morehouse School of Medicine
Residency: Penn State University, Dermatology

PortraitSamuel Passi

Medical School: University of Utah School of Medicine
Residency: Duke University, Ophthalmology

PortraitKatherine Tsamis

Medical School: Wake Forest School of Medicine
Residency: Wake Forest, Ophthalmology

PortraitScott Davis

Medical School: University of South Carolina School of Medicine
Residency: University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences, Ophthalmology

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