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Palmetto Health/USC SOM Pediatrics Graduates Achieve 100% Pass Rate
01/09/2013
Palmetto Health/USC SOM Pediatrics Graduates Achieve 100% Pass Rate On Board Exams for Fourth Year in a Row

Pediatrics Residency Program Rated Among Top in Nation

For the fourth consecutive year, all of the graduates of the Palmetto Health/University of South Carolina School of Medicine pediatrics residency program passed the American Board of Pediatrics certification examination. The announcement marks the ninth time in the last 14 years that graduates have achieved a 100 percent pass rate on the exam, a distinction that makes the Palmetto Health/USC SOM residency experience one of the top pediatrics programs in the nation.

“There are 185 pediatric residency programs across the country, and this achievement will undoubtedly have us in at least a tie for number one,” said pediatrics residency program director Robert C. Holleman Jr., M.D. “This kind of success continues to attract prospective residents from a growing list of medical schools from our region and beyond. We already have a record number of applicants this year before these results even came in.”

For the graduates who complete the rigorous three-year residency program, passing the ABP certification exam is the last step to becoming fully credentialed pediatricians. Not only does the perfect pass rate demonstrate the quality of the graduates, but it also increases the attractiveness of the pediatrics residency program, making it easier to recruit the best applicants nationwide. The national average pass rate for first-time takers of the exam is 76 percent.

“We strive to provide the best in education, patient care and service. This level of achievement recognizes that effort,” said Caughman Taylor, M.D., medical director of Palmetto Health Children's Hospital and chair of the USC SOM Department of Pediatrics. “To accomplish this sustained level of excellence is a credit to the outstanding faculty we have, and especially to the leadership of Dr. Holleman.”

That recruiting edge also translates into better pediatric care in South Carolina. Nationally, approximately half of doctors end up staying in the state where they complete their residencies. Here, however, 57 percent of Palmetto Health/USC SOM pediatrics graduates have stayed in-state since 1997.

“While it’s gratifying for our department to receive this recognition, the real winners are the children who are and will be taken care of by our outstanding resident and faculty physicians,” said Taylor.