My name is John Beasley. I was born in Greenville, SC and returned there after high school to attend Furman University, where I majored in Neuroscience and Philosophy. My wife Maria and I crossed paths after our churches went through a merge. We got married in the fall of my first year of medical school, and we welcomed our daughter, Marleigh, into the world right before I took Step 1!
Having a little one keeps us very busy, but we try to slow down and enjoy time with one another. You may find us at any given time making music, baking yummy things on Saturday mornings, taking a walk (or swinging perpetually) at the park, reading a good book, or enjoying a good cup of coffee.
Coming into medical school, I was fairly confident that I wanted to do Family Medicine. My clinical rotations confirmed this for me. When looking for a residency program, several things set Self apart. I did an away rotation at this program and found that the residents and faculty were all down to earth and very approachable. Self has a strong inpatient program, and the hospital pools from a large enough area that you get to see a lot of different pathology to learn from. Yet the responsibilities that the residents shouldered did not seem overwhelming. I was looking for a program that offered broad-scope training, and Self offered that as well. In particular, I was very interested in their advanced OBGYN track, as this is something I would like to pursue as part of my practice. In addition, my family and I are considering global missions as a possible avenue for ministry in the future. Given this, I loved that Self also offers both an international medicine track and an underserved track to help prepare me for this trajectory.
However, one of the most important factors for why we chose Self was the community that is ingrained into the program. One resident told me, “There is just a collegiality here. Attendings and even outside specialists treat us like we are peers and colleagues.” Maria and I were relieved to know that residents frequently hang out outside of the walls of the hospital (as often as schedules allow), and that many of the residents have young families. We knew Self would be a place where our family could grow and thrive over the next three years. Lastly, something that is important to me in aspiring to be a physician is to engage with my patients spiritually, and I felt that Self had the supportive environment both for me to grow spiritually during residency and to address the spiritual needs of my patients. I know my training at Self will equip me to be a capable and confident family physician and prepare me for wherever God leads us next. We look forward to calling Greenwood our home for the next three years, and possibly longer!