Learning and Mentoring

“I look back on the old Masters highlights and I watched some things that I’ve done, and I’ve learned from those experiences. It’s taken me time and years of seeing what’s worked well and what hasn’t.”
Phil Mickelson, American Golfer

As health care professionals at McLeod, we have responded to the mission of caring for people. For most of us, it is not a job, but a vocation and a calling. Part of our responsibility in providing the very best experience to our patients and their families is by also mentoring and teaching others to render excellence in medical treatment. Teaching new generations to carry the torch of compassion and fostering the commitment to excellence is supported by sharing the lessons learned in our daily work.

For the past four years, McLeod has hosted an internship for medical students from May through July, a concept developed by Dr. Alva Whitehead. This fellowship for rising second year medical students is funded by the McLeod Foundation. It has been used as both a learning tool for physicians in training as well as recruitment for the future by McLeod.

Currently, five medical students are spending their summer vacation at McLeod Regional Medical Center receiving an insider’s view of how a hospital works. This six-week internship, which ends in July, is often the first experience in a hospital for many of these students.

Dr. Bryon Frost in the Emergency Department demonstrates how to insert an airway tube to the medical students visiting McLeod this summer.

Members of the 2011 McLeod Medical Student Fellowship are:
Abigail Case, USC School of Medicine
David Giovannini, USC School of Medicine
Ashley Greeson, USC School of Medicine
Roopa Varadarjan, Medical University of South Carolina
Brian Williams, USC School of Medicine

The internship includes rotations through the Family Medicine Residency Program, Rapid Improvement Events, a two-week Surgery segment with Dr. Michael Rose, and visits to different areas in the hospital such as the Emergency Department, the Lab, Radiology, Critical Care Units, and Radiation Oncology. The students also round with physicians, administrators, hospitalists and nursing directors and attend meetings of the Cancer Conference Board, IRB, and Quality and Safety during their fellowship.

Summer Medical Student David Giovannini (center) observes Dr. Al Gilpin during surgery.

Thanks to all our teams who have supported this time of instruction and interaction. Good luck to these students as they continue on their educational journey.


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