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McLeod Health Launches New Family Medicine Residency Program


To help increase the access to primary care, McLeod Health is pleased to announce a new McLeod Family Medicine Rural Residency Program. The McLeod Family Medicine Rural Residency first class of residents will begin on June 29, 2020. 

The Rural Residency's mission is to graduate skilled physicians who are well-rounded and able to understand and treat the unique conditions of patients within rural and underserved areas.

The focus of the residency includes time spent at the two training hospitals; McLeod Health Clarendon located in Manning, SC and McLeod Health Cheraw located in Cheraw, SC. Residents will continue to improve access to primary care services to their patients at McLeod Primary Care Clarendon and McLeod Primary Care Cheraw.

The training also involves time at McLeod Regional Medical Center with the core residency program in Florence, SC where training has been provided in Family Medicine for the past 40 years. During this first year, residents will be trained in advanced ICU, geriatrics, obstetric and pediatric skills. The core program benefits from a strong emphasis on procedures such as colonoscopy, EGD, and central line placement with an ultrasound curriculum, specialty clinics and classroom instruction.

Dr. Louis Strauss as Program Director ensures a learning and working environment conducive to educating the residents.

Dr. Susan Robins (Cheraw) and Dr. Lisa Heichberger (Clarendon) are the Site Directors and Associate Program Directors for their respective sites in the rural communities. They will work collaboratively with Dr. Strauss and the Residency Administrative Team on program and curricula development while overseeing preparation and operation of the Family Medicine Practice.

Brooke Smith, as Residency Manager of both residency programs, ensures effective operations, oversees accreditation and recruiting, and other programmatic responsibilities.

Janet Evans (Clarendon) and Charlene Geiger (Cheraw), Residency Coordinators for their respective sites, manage all clinical and rotation schedules for the rural residents and faculty. They will also serve as the program's liaison to the rural community's teaching physicians.

Resident physicians train in Family Medicine specialty, under the close supervision of physician faculty. They provide care for the entire family from delivering babies to end-of-life care, including pediatrics, women and men’s health, and obstetrics. Residents care for patients both in the office and in the hospital. 

This incoming class of resident physicians begin providing continuity primary care services to their patients at McLeod Primary Care Clarendon and McLeod Primary Care Cheraw on Friday, July 10. The residents will work in conjunction with Dr. Clarence Coker, Dr. Lisa Heichberger and Susanne Johnson, FNP at McLeod Primary Care Clarendon and Dr. Garrett Barton and Jackie Stafford, FNP at McLeod Primary Care Cheraw. Same or next day appointments are available.

McLeod Primary Care Clarendon

Phone: 803-435-8828

50 East Hospital Street, Suite 3 

Manning SC 29102

About McLeod Health

Founded in 1906, McLeod Health is a locally owned and managed, not for profit organization supported by the strength of approximately 750 members on its medical staff and more than 2,000 registered nurses. McLeod Health is also composed of more than 8,200 employees and approximately 90 physician practices throughout its 18-county service area. With seven hospitals, McLeod Health operates three Health and Fitness Centers, a Sports Medicine and Outpatient Rehabilitation Center, a Behavioral Health Center, Hospice, and Home Health Services. The hospitals within McLeod Health include: McLeod Regional Medical Center, McLeod Health Darlington, McLeod Health Dillon, McLeod Health Loris, McLeod Health Seacoast, McLeod Health Cheraw and McLeod Health Clarendon. Additionally, McLeod Health has an expansive outpatient medical complex in Carolina Forest offering emergency medicine, primary care, specialty care and outpatient rehabilitation services. 


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