USCSOM Preventive Medicine Residency transfers to Palmetto Health

Posted on 1/20/2016

The Preventive Medicine Residency Program sponsored by the University of South Carolina School of Medicine has been transferred to Palmetto Health after approval by the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education (ACGME). This two-year program in public health and general preventive medicine includes clinical, practicum and research experience in a number of agencies and health care settings. During their residency training, resident physicians also complete a Master of Public Health degree through the USC Arnold School of Public Health. It is the only accredited preventive medicine residency program in South Carolina.

Katherine Stephens, system vice president for Medical Education at Palmetto Health, said the transition will be seamless for those cared for by the program. She said, “We are delighted that the ACGME has approved our request to transfer sponsorship of the Preventive Medicine Residency Program to Palmetto Health. The transfer reduces duplication of administrative resources by bringing all residency programs under one sponsoring institution. Resources invested in the preventive medicine program will further strengthen our graduate medical education programs and enhance our ability to positively impact health programs that serve our community and improve the wellness of our patients.”

Suzanne Bertollo, M.D., residency program director, added, “Preventive medicine residents are trained to provide preventive care for patients and to improve the health of their communities. We are excited to join the family of Palmetto Health residency programs.”

For more information about Palmetto Health’s residency programs, visit our website at

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