Grant to support MUSC pediatric residency program

Staff Report
Published March 21, 2012

The Medical University of South Carolina has received a $1.9 million grant to begin a primary care track in the MUSC pediatric residency program, the university said today.

The Georgetown Pediatric Center is one of the community training sites chosen, and starting in July, pediatric resident doctors will rotate through Georgetown as part of their formal training.

Georgetown Pediatric Center has been affiliated with the Division of General Pediatrics at MUSC since 1999, and its founder, Dr. Paul Hletko, is an associate clinical professor of pediatrics at MUSC.

“This close alliance to MUSC provides an exceptional standard of care to our Georgetown families, and our patients enjoy the attention and care of MUSC faculty physicians,” Hletko said. “We are proud to be part of this innovative program for our area, and ultimately, hope to influence some young pediatricians to practice in underserved rural communities.”

The Health Resources and Services Administration awarded the grant, which will also establish an on-site telemedicine program.

The program will allow consulting physicians to interview and visually examine patients while also allowing doctors to review lab or X-ray results without requiring the patient to travel to Charleston.

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