University of South Carolina Responds to Future SC Doctor Shortage
By: Jenny Brady
Many doctors in South Carolina are nearing retirement and that could mean a doctor shortage in the coming years.
The University of South Carolina School of Medicine is trying to help by proposing an increase in enrollment.
Dr. Rodger Gaddy has been practicing medicine in South Carolina for almost 30 years. The Winnsboro physician says he enjoys getting to know his patients personally.
"I've got three generations of families that I take care of," Gaddy says. "So I knew their grandmother, knew their grandfather, knew their family history."
Gaddy says he sees about 170 patients a week at his practice and worries who will take his place when he retires. That won't be for another 13 years but he says it can take that long to train a replacement.
"It's a concern about the ability to bring in younger doctors to a small rural area," says Gaddy.
The USC School of Medicine is proposing an increase in enrollment from 340 to 480 students. The Greenville campus has about 40 students and Columbia has 300.