Division of General internal medicine & geriatrics

Division of General Internal Medicine & Geriatrics

The Division of General Internal Medicine and Geriatrics is committed to enhance and support the mission of the Medical University of South Carolina in the domains of education, patient care, and research. The Division accomplishes this mission by providing exemplary patient care and maintaining an environment conducive to academic excellence in education and research.

EDUCATION

The Division of General Internal Medicine and Geriatrics plays a major role in educating and training the next generation of physicians, emphasizing high quality care and evidence-based medicine.  The Division’s teaching excellence is well known.  We have been named the Department of Medicine Division of the Year for the last nine consecutive years running. 

Our fellowship program provides superb preparation for a career in academic medicine and includes a Master of Science in Clinical Research. 

PATIENT CARE

With an ever-growing geriatric population in the Lowcountry, the Division has expanded its focus on Geriatric teaching, patient care, and research to help our seniors age with dignity and in optimal health.  At the heart of this effort is our “Aging Q3” project, a $2M grant from the Donald W. Reynolds Foundation’s Aging and Quality of Life program to train medical students, residents, and practicing physicians using educational and practice-based strategies.  The wave of aging baby boomers will engulf South Carolina in the next decade and since the training of physicians takes seven or more years, our Internal Medicine physicians now need more training in the management of syndromes that are prevalent as people age, such as falls, poly-pharmacy and dementia.  Aging Q3 is an education and practice-based program to improve resident physician clinical competencies in Geriatrics and in turn improve the quality of care and of life for older adults.  The three Q’s represent the program goals: Quality Education, Quality Care, and Quality of Life.

As an extension of Aging Q3, we are endeavoring to develop a multidisciplinary Geriatrics team within the University Internal Medicine practice to more fully address the entire spectrum of medical needs of the aging patient and improve outcomes and quality of life.  Central to this focus is our NCQA accredited Patient Centered Medical Home.  A PCMH is a team-based model of care led by a personal physician who provides continuous and coordinated care throughout a patient's lifetime to maximize health outcomes. This includes the provision of preventive services; treatment of acute and chronic illness; and assistance with end-of-life issues. This care model promotes improved access and communication; care coordination and integration; and care quality and safety.  The transformation of our University Internal Medicine practice to a PCMH is allowing us to provide a much more personalized level of care based on individual patient needs. 

RESEARCH

Division research faculty members are well published and present their work and conduct workshops at a number of national and regional meetings each year.  Research, conducted at highest scientific standards, targets areas such health care disparities, hypertension, diabetes mellitus, access to care of underserved populations, aging and geriatric care, professional education, and medical informatics. Clinical and Health Services research is conducted in collaboration with Department of Biometry and Biostatistics, Center for Health Services Research, College of Nursing, SC College of Pharmacy, College of Health Professions, and the Ralph H. Johnson VA Medical Center.

The Center for Health Disparities Research directed by Leonard Egede, MD, MS, brings together core faculty from several MUSC Colleges to develop clinical research infrastructure and enhance MUSC competitiveness in obtaining extramural research support in health disparities research.  The Center emphasizes collaborative research to build bridges across colleges on campus and across institutions within the state of South Carolina.  Research within the Center focuses on three main areas including: 1) primary, secondary, and tertiary prevention of chronic diseases in diverse populations; 2) interventions at the patient, provider, and health systems levels to reduce or eliminate racial/ethnic, gender, and socioeconomic differences in quality of care and health outcomes; and 3) novel interventions to improve health care delivery and health outcomes for rural dwelling residents.    The General Internal Medicine and Geriatrics fellows enrolled in the Academic Generalist Fellowship is also housed in the Center for Health Disparities Research.

Outpatient Quality Improvement Network (OQUIN), led by Dr. Brent Egan, aims at primary and secondary prevention of chronic diseases, which began with a focus on heart and vascular health. In 2000, the project began with 20 participating providers and 3,000 patient records. Today, the database contains 1.94 million patients seen by ~3,000 physicians and actively monitors cardiovascular treatment and outcomes in more than 350,008 hypertensive patients.  It is available to practices and physicians across the United States.

Division Director: William Moran, M.D.
General Internal Medicine & Geriatrics Faculty
Division Administrator: Brian Collins
General Internal Medicine & Geriatrics Staff


William Moran, M.D.
Division Director
McKnight Chair for the Study of Aging
 
 
 

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