Are you a community (unopposed) or university (opposed) program?
We have the best of both worlds. We are a community-based program with a university affiliation. We do most of our training at Trident Hospital, as well as some training at the Medical University of South Carolina. We get the benefits of the unopposed experience, being the only residents at Trident Hospital, & being able to take full advantage of the inpatient services & the various specialties without the competition from other residency programs. However, being affiliated with the Medical University allows us to provide pediatric training at the nationally accredited MUSC Children’s Hospital. This gives us the advantage of being able to offer superb pediatric training that other strictly community-based programs are unable to offer.
How big are your hospitals? How far apart are the 2 hospitals where you work?
Trident Hospital is located approximately 15 minutes outside of downtown Charleston and is considered a large community hospital. It has 296 beds & provides a comprehensive range of services and specialties expected by a major medical center. The Medical University of South Carolina is a 700-bed academic medical center, named “One of America’s Best Hospitals” of 2009 & with nearly 300 of its physicians being named to the “Best Doctors in America”.
How many resident positions do you offer every year?
We offer 10 categorical family medicine positions each year, as well as 6 transitional year positions for residents entering other fields, such as radiology, dermatology, and ophthalmology.
What opportunities do you have for medical students to come rotate with you?
We offer 4th year electives & externships for visiting students. For information on the application please click here. If you are unable to participate in one of our available 4th year rotations, we encourage you to come visit for a day and experience what we have to offer. We would set you up to round with one of our inpatient teams, enjoy our didactic lectures, & visit our clinic.
How much ICU training do your residents receive?
We do not have formal ICU rotations. Instead, we have a comprehensive inpatient service that cares for our patients both on the floor, in the step-down units, and in the ICU. Therefore, you will get ICU experience on all of your inpatient & night float rotations, accumulating to arguably more experience that in a separate distinct critical care rotation. This allows us better patient-care continuity while still maintaining a phenomenal ICU training experience.
What are residency tracks?
Tracks are a formally developed structure to allow residents to focus their interests during their 2nd and 3rd year of residency. It provides residents with opportunities to participate in elective rotations geared towards their area of interest. Our available tracks include Academic Medicine, Behavioral Medicine, Geriatrics, Underserved & Global Health, Hospitalist, Sports Medicine, and Women’s Health. Our faculty are also very supportive in helping residents develop new tracks specific to their interests.
Where do residents practice after graduation?
More than half of our graduates stay in the Southeastern US (specifically South Carolina, North Carolina, Georgia and Virginia), practicing mostly in a group setting, though some graduates open solo practices.
What international experiences are available?
Recent resident international medical missions trips have been to Haiti, Ecuador, Madagascar, Uganda, India. These trips are planned on an individual basis, mainly depending upon the interest of the resident.
What sets your program apart from the others?
“The hybrid nature of our program (community and academic settings) gives us a unique training opportunity.” –Sean Haley, MD, MPH
“We have excellent and fun residents who are some of my closest friends, and our faculty foster learning in a positive environment.” –Jess Hund, MD
“The educational experience here is well-rounded & diverse. It is ever-evolving to fit the needs and interests of the current residents.” –Meg Sorrell, DO
“I have learned more than I thought possible during my intern year, surrounded by a group of intelligent, supportive and caring residents and attendings.” –Jock Taylor, MD
“We get the unopposed experience in a community hospital and also the acuity of a busy academic center.” –Natalie Christian, MD
“Our program is filled with like-minded people who are constantly trying to better themselves in and outside of medicine and (more importantly) are a ton of fun.” –Louis Gerena, MD
What does a 1st Year Agreement contract look like?
Attached you will find our program's most recent 1st Year Agreement Contract (PDF).
Do you accept international medical school graduates?
Trident Medical Center/ MUSC Family Medicine Residency Program accepts international medical graduates. At this time, our program is unable to sponsor visas. Please visit our Application page for more information.