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April O. Buchanan, M.D., F.A.A.P.

Title: Associate Professor
Pediatrics
School of Medicine Greenville
E-mail: april.buchanan@prismahealth.org
Phone: 864-455-4145
   
Office: 701 Grove Road, HSAB 205
Greenville SC 29605
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Background: Dr. Buchanan earned her undergraduate degree from the College of Charleston where she graduated as the Top Honor Graduate, summa cum laude. She earned her M.D. degree from the Medical University of South Carolina and completed a residency in pediatrics at Vanderbilt University Medical Center. Dr. Buchanan started her pediatric career as a community pediatrician in Oxford, Mississippi and then served as a neonatal hospitalist at Duke University Medical Center. She subsequently moved to Providence, Rhode Island where she was an attending pediatric hospitalist and the Associate Director of Undergraduate Medical Education in Pediatrics for Brown Medical School. Dr. Buchanan joined the Greenville Health System as a pediatric hospitalist in 2008. She served as the Vice Chair of Quality for the Department of Pediatrics for 5 years and also served as the Pediatric Clerkship Director and Pediatric Acting Internship Director before taking a position as Assistant Dean for Clinical Clerkship Education for the University of South Carolina School of Medicine Greenville in 2013. In 2016 she was appointed as Interim Associate Dean for Academic Affairs, in 2017 transitioned to be the Assistant Dean for Academic Affairs, and in 2019 became the Associate Dean for Curriculum.
Teaching Interest(s): Dr. Buchanan has been actively involved in medical student education since 2006. She was a member of the LCME Institutional Self Study Task Force Faculty Subcommittee for preliminary accreditation and Vice Chair for the Educational Programs LCME Self-Study for provisional accreditation. She currently serves as Chair of the M3/M4 Subcommittee. On a national level, Dr. Buchanan is an active member and President-elect of the Council on Medical Student Education in Pediatrics (COMSEP) . She is the USCSOM Greenville representative for the AAMC Group on Women in Medicine and Science. She is also the UME representative for the AAMC Southern Group on Educational Affairs and is active at the national level in UME. Dr. Buchanan has led multiple national workshops on various topics including professionalism, quality and safety, assessment in integrated curricula, survey design, instrument validity, and clinical reasoning.
Research Interest(s): Her research interests are primarily in medical student education, specifically the transition from fourth year to residency. She also has prior grant funding for pediatric asthma research.
Honors & Awards: Dean's Award
Clinical Mentorship, Education, and Service Excellence Award
Most Outstanding Clinical Professor Award
Paul V. Catalana, MD Exemplary Character Award
Greenville Hospital System Pillar Award
Dean's Teaching Award
Brite Lites Nominee
Physician Excellence Award
H. Rawling Pratt-Thomas College of Medicine Service and Leadership Award
Bishop Robert Smith Award
Phi Kappa Phi Fellowship
Phi Kappa Phi Merit Award
MUSC Summer Undergraduate Research Award
Professional Affiliations: American Association of Medical Colleges
Other - SGEA Chair for Undergraduate Medical Education, SGEA Steering Committee, UME National Committee 2018-2020
South Carolina Asthma Alliance
Member
Council on Medical Student Education in Pediatrics
Member
American Academy of Pediatrics
Member
Phi Kappa Phi Honors Society
Fellow
Greenville County Child Death Review
Member
Pediatric Performance Improvement Committee
Other - Chair
Furman University's Riley Institute
Fellow
Physician Asthma Education CME Program
Other - Co-Chair
North Mississippi Medical Society
Member
Cumberland Pediatric Society
Member
Davidson County Pediatric Association
Member
Tennessee Pediatric Society
Member
American Medical Association
Member
American Academy of Family Physicians
Member
American Medical Women's Association
Member

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