When Doctors Get Snowed In…

Thanks to Snowpocalypse 2 and every Southerner’s general inability to drive in snow, those of us on service rotations recently stayed several days in the hospital while we waited out “Winter Storm Pax”. The Peds and OB services didn’t have much going on during that time, so we…occupied ourselves in the hospital. I bring you “When Doctors Get Snowed In”.

They bring their jammies from home and sleep in hospital beds. They learn that hospital beds are, indeed, just as uncomfortable as their patients say they are.


They send one or two brave souls out to get “supplies” for the storm.


The brave souls bring back supplies to make sure the most basic of all human needs is met.


They get bored and decide to play in the snow, but realize that they do not have any gloves. So they make mittens with socks and latex gloves. They find that homemade gloves are surprisingly effective.


They build a pitiful looking snowman with snow that isn’t sticky enough, name him Leonard, and dress him in scrubs that are entirely too big.


They give Leonard the Snowman free medical advice.


They take too many pictures with Leonard the snowman and then send them to the local news, hoping they will make it onto the evening weather  broadcast. They do not make it onto the news.


They are filmed, paparazzi-style, by nurses and hospital security, who later send them pictures of their antics.


They make questionable wardrobe decisions.


They feast on TWO meals of bacon and cheese. First, grilled cheese sammiches with bacon. Then bacon pizza.


They get in trouble with the nurses for “having too much fun” during their bacon pizza party.


And after a hearty meal, they “borrow” trashed cardboard boxes and have a sledding/snow frolicking adventure in the  hospital parking lot. Security does a few drive-bys just to watch.

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Belated Movember Update


We had a lot of participation in No-Shave November this year from the guys of AnMed Family Medicine Residency, led by Dr. Matt Murray (PGY-1), who shows off his ‘stache and chops above.


Some of the facial hair bordered on the creepy…

Dr. Sam Ballew wears his crown and shows off his whiskers as he defends his title as College Football Pick ‘Em Champ for 2 years running. Unfortunately he was bested by a medical student this year.


Erik’s mustache keeps him cheerful even after Florida’s painful loss to Georgia Southern just the week before.


We all thought Kenny’s mustache made him look taller… almost 5’8!

Merry Christmas to Us!

Look what our attendings got us for Christmas this year!  It will look quite nice in the work room, though we can’t promise we’ll be doing much work in there anytime soon.

Dr. Andy Clark (OB/GYN attending) was so eager to school someone in ping-pong that he precepted clinic from the work room while he put the table together. He wants everyone to know that “this is a 3 man job… but I got it done.”




Drs. Ann-Marie Patterson (peds attending) and David Newton (PGY-1) kick off No-Shave November.

Matthew Murray (PGY-1) recently presented to the group the idea to observe Movember to raise awareness for Men’s Health, since November is Men’s Health Month. The residents quickly jumped on the idea, and now all the guys are sporting 5 o’clock shadows. Some, including Newton and PGY-2 Jared Richardson, were already too attached to their beards to shave and start over, so they have a bit of an advantage over the other guys. Stay tuned for the end of the month mustache contest photos!

Also, check out movember.com for more details about the month.

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All Work and No Play

…makes Jack a dull boy.  So 3rd year of residency has less on-call days, but we keep busy with “the other stuff.”

Like searching for jobs and interviewing.  I’m not doing too much of this, although I’ve talked to a few places.  I’m going to apply for a Sports Medicine fellowship, and that process also keeps me busy.    I know of at  least Alison Sharp who has signed a contract already.  Kudos to her!

Like going to CME conferences.  Joe Mulvihill and I are making plans to attend a musculoskeletal ultrasound injections course next month.  I might also attend one in Chicago, too.  We’ll see how that all pans out.

Like working on our research projects.  Every resident is required to participate in an academic project, and I seem to have bitten off more than I can chew.  Planning, coordinating, and analyzing data for my study is exhausting.  Hopefully it will all come together in the end.  I’m looking at the prevalence of Obstructive Sleep Apnea in the Young athlete population.

Like going to Clemson games.  After Family and Career, comes Clemson Football.  And some times I get those priorities mixed up.  Huge fan here.  And after all the hype – there was no way I was missing THIS GAME.  GEORGIA-VS-CLEMSON was the biggest game of opening weekend.  ESPN College Gameday was there.  It was an 8pm game (lots of tailgating time).  What more could I want?  The best part – I live in Anderson, a short drive away.

IMG_0189_1024That’s all for now – Jason

Well Hello!!!

Greetings!  My name is Andrea Ray and I’m the newbie on the blog! Actually, I began residency “off-cycle” (it’s always fun to be different!) in February 2013. So as all good introductions go…here’s a bit about myself:

  • Born and raised in South Carolina
  • Undergraduate at Anderson University in Biology and Chemistry. College volleyball player. 
  • Medical School at Ross University School of Medicine. 
  • Married to coolest man ever, pictures to follow 🙂
  • We just got a puppy, Max. He is a 3 month old black Lab mix. Shelter pups are the best!
  • Actively involved at my church and passionately in love with Jesus. 
  • LOVE sports! College football is my favorite to watch (GOOOOO TIGERS!!!! Clemson, that is!), volleyball my favorite to play…but I’m up for anything!
  • I eat entirely too many sweets. 
  • Also love to travel, dabble in photography, bake, coupon, and DIY!

There will be many blogs to follow…if only I could like this to my instagram there would be endless posts…and likely endless pictures of the puppy (I’ll spare you!)  

Overall, I feel incredibly blessed to be in this residency program. There are no others like it, in my opinion. Here, we are treated as full on doctors from day one. We have a HUGE practice, but yet everyone from staff, nurses, attendings, and residents are treated as family. We actually enjoy each others company outside of work and frequently hang out. I couldn’t be happier knowing this is where I will spend 3 years of residency.   Image



Long Time

All of us took a little vacation from blogging during the spring and summer.  Jeff Cashman has since graduated, and everybody moved up.  So I’m the third year resident, and Caitlyn is now the second year resident.  Andrea Ray is our newest blogger – if she blogs as frequently as she posts on facebook, then there should be a lot to read in the near future.

So, the past 6 months have been exciting here!  We recently became a main clinical training site for VCOM Spartanburg medical students, so now there are 10 permanent med students rotating through all of the basic disciplines at the hospital.  Our beloved program director, Dr. Abercrombie, has transitioned to become Director of Medical Education.  So now, he’s in charge of everybody!  Congratulations, Dr. A!

Also, we’ve seen another class of residents move on to “the real world.”  Some of the jobs they landed are in SC, NC, Virginia, Montana, and Washington DC.  Good luck to those guys!

Most importantly, I want to discuss the record amounts of rainfall we had this spring and summer.  Why is this so important?  Because Lake Hartwell nearby has returned to normal water levels again, after many years of being low.  We’ve seen a lot more boating, wake boarding, skiing, etc – which means people around the program have been noticeably happier.  🙂

That’s it for now.  -Jason

ATS Night Float

Sorry I haven’t been posting much.  I had 2 weeks of ATS day call (hospital medicine) and just finished 2 weeks of Night Call. Those can be long hours and busy time, so not a lot of blogging time.  

We have finalized our ranking list for new residents coming in to our program next year and in about 1 month, will find out who will be joining AnMed Health.  

As a third year, we are working on where our lives will go after residency.  The last 7 years have been a lot of transition and at times waiting on the unknown.  We are not sure where we’ll get into medical school and usually have to move for it.  After 4 years we find out where we will go for residency and often have to move for it as well.  Then after 3 years we will find out where we will go to start our post-residency career.  Usually moving then too.  Not that I am complaining.  Samuel Clemens (Mark Twain) once said ‘travel is fatal to prejudice, bigotry and narrow-mindedness’ and although I don’t think those are the direct problems we face, he does do a good job of explaining the beauty of travel in that you meet new people, have new beginnings and learn new places.  

Much of my class is finalizing their plans.  I will try to update where everyone is going soon.  

Meanwhile, wish the residency program good luck in the match process, where we find out the newest members of the AnMed Health Family Medicine Residency team.

Great Residents on ATS

I am currently on a two week stint on the Adult Teaching Service (ATS). We have 3 primary residents responsible for the daily care of the patients on the service, two back-ups who help supervise and teach and one attending to do it all. There is also a primary and back-up at night. We have had some interesting cases, as always on ATS. We really get interesting cases and although we are often tired you can’t beat the learning and experiences.

What I am blogging about today is how great our primaries have been so far. Sam is one of the first year residents on night float and when he had a slow night he put together a powerpoint presentation on a case we were working on as a group. He taught us about Scleroderma and the treatments. Here is Sam in action:


Not to be out done, a second year resident, Trenton, took it upon himself to expand on that presentation and go further into the cardiac issues involved with Scleroderma. He put together a presentation to give at the end of rounds.


For the students or people who have seen our day to day activities, we meet in a conference room with a projector to review patient information and learn from the cases. We can also give talks and Dr. Bradford gave several during the week.

There is no way to make light of the amount of work that we do on inpatient medicine. We are there, on average, 80 hours per week (never more, of course…). People often complain because we work so much and are away from families, which is tough and will always be tough in any residency, but we will always remember the stories and experiences from the hospital.


Post-holiday Update

I haven’t updated in a while because it was the holiday season and I have been doing a lot of celebrating with my wife, pup, daughter and family. We had a wonderful Christmas and New Year’s. Especially a wonderful New Year’s evening (Go Clemson Tigers!).

I have been on ambulatory medicine this month which means I spend a lot of time in clinics. This is beneficial since most of my practice time will be spent in clinics.

We have our last few interviews in the next week and then we will wrap up recruiting. Hopefully we can talk a little more about recruiting in the next couple of weeks, then turn some focus to finishing up my third year of residency and the plans for post-residency work.

I hope everyone has had a wonderful holiday and start to the new year!