Hey Everyone! My name is Reid Castellone and I’m originally from Charleston, South Carolina. I received my undergraduate degree from Boston College where I majored in biology, following in my dad’s footsteps. Although I had always known I wanted to be a doctor, my application was not quite competitive for medical school when I graduated in 2008, so I next pursued a Master of Science in Biology from East Carolina University in Greenville, NC. Although my time at ECU was great for a medical school application, doing research, teaching, and taking classes, I quickly realized biomedical research was not for me, further cementing my desires to go to medical school. Fortunately, the University of South Carolina School of Medicine’s admission committee offered me a spot in their 2015 class in the winter of 2011, which brings me to writing this statement four years later!
The best thing of my time in medical school was meeting my fiancée, Chelsea. We got engaged the day after matching at Self when she clearly was not thinking right due to the excitement of match day. However, weeks have gone by and she still hasn’t rescinded her acceptance, so I guess she is stuck with me for the long hall…and I cannot wait to spend my life with her! We love watching Carolina and BC football games, playing with out dogs Max and Jasper, visiting our families in Charleston and Savannah, and traveling.
In terms of why I chose Greenwood, it all started over steaks and wine with Dr. Tiller and current residents David and Stefani in Kansas City. It was there I learned of the excellent, full spectrum training the residents receive in Greenwood, with the program’s goal being not to only produce the best residents in South Carolina, but in the country. My father, who is a family doctor in Summerville, SC where he practices traditional family medicine, had always served as my model for how I wanted to practice and treat my patients, and it seemed to me that the Self Family Medicine Residency would train me to do just this. Furthermore, Dr. Tiller and the entire Self community are genuinely great people, and they were amazing at helping my fiancée, who is a PA, find a job. It was the training and the people who truly cemented my desire to train at Self in Greenwood, and I was fortunate enough to match here.
Please feel free to contact me with any and all questions!