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Neurology residency program receives accreditation

By Matt Splett, matt.splett@uscmed.sc.edu

Palmetto Health/USC School of Medicine Neurology Residency Program receives accreditation

The Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education has approved a new neurology residency training program at Palmetto Health and the University of South Carolina School of Medicine.

The four-year accreditation allows USC School of Medicine’s department of neurology, Palmetto Health Richland Hospital and Wm. Jennings Bryan Dorn VA Medical Center to develop a neurology residency program that provides comprehensive training for future physicians.

“Receiving accreditation is a significant accomplishment for the department of neurology,” said Dr. Richard Hoppmann, dean of the USC School of Medicine. “Future residents will join an emerging program that promises to provide a wealth of educational, clinical and research opportunities.”

“We are delighted that the ACGME has approved our request to add a neurology residency program at our institution,” said Katherine Stephens, vice president for medical education and research at Palmetto Health. “Resources invested in the neurology program will further strengthen our graduate medical education programs and will add to our ability to provide comprehensive neuroscience services at Palmetto Health and the University of South Carolina.” The Palmetto Health/USC Neurology Residency Program becomes only the second accredited neurology residency program in South Carolina.

Dr. Souvik Sen, chairman of the department of neurology at the USC School of Medicine, said the establishment of the program fulfills a critical need for trained neurologists in the state.

“Neurologists care for a variety of health conditions including stroke – the third leading cause of death among South Carolinians,” Sen said. “Our residency program will attract many young, talented physicians eager to begin their careers and provide exceptional, life-saving care to patients in need. Training neurologists in South Carolina will go a long way to fulfill the need for neurologists in the state.”

Residents joining Palmetto Health/USC will train under the direction of Sen, an internationally recognized stroke neurologist who is a Smart State/Center of Economic Excellence Stroke Chair. He joined the School of Medicine in 2010 and played an instrumental role in developing the first Stroke Center in the Midlands of South Carolina. The Stroke Center at Palmetto Health Richland and USC School of Medicine is a multidisciplinary program that provides 24/7 life-saving care using state-of-the-art technology and the latest advancements in stroke diagnosis and treatment.

Recruitment will begin soon to fill three positions as inaugural residents of the Palmetto Health/USC School of Medicine Neurology Program. These residents will begin their four-year residency program in July 2013.

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Posted: 06/27/12 @ 9:00 AM | Updated: 07/16/12 @ 8:10 AM | Permalink

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