Natalie Christian, M.D.
I moved to Charleston after graduating from Clemson University and was pretty much hooked. I absolutely love this city and all it has to offer. After working for a few years, I went to medical school at MUSC. When I started looking for residency programs, my husband and I knew we didn't want to go too far outside of the Southeast, as we both wanted to return to Charleston to live and work one day. I rotated through the program as a medical student and knew that I had found my people and a program that I loved - and luckily in the city I love so much. The faculty and residents work so well together and have great relationships. No one seemed intimidated to ask faculty members questions, and faculty and residents were eager to teach. When looking for a residency program, I wanted something that would allow me to have hands-on experience and autonomy, both inpatient and outpatient, but I also liked the atmosphere of an academic center. The hybrid model of our program was a perfect fit. We get the unopposed experience in a community hospital and also the acuity of a busy academic center. Equally as important as the educational experiences, I feel so lucky to have made the friendships that I have with such an amazing group of residents who are supportive and fun. I could not be happier with my decision to attend residency here.
Louis Gerena, M.D.
After growing up in South Florida and living all over the state, I decided it was time to try somewhere new. I was looking for a lively city with warm winters, weekly events, lots of young professionals, and a strong family medicine program. I found all that and more in Charleston. 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. We stay busy with our un-opposed medicine service at Trident, seeing a wide range of pathology and learning to manage some of the sickest patients in the hospital. At MUSC we are provided all the resources of an academic center and get to work alongside the pediatric and OBGYN residents to ensure we have a complete family medicine training. Charleston is beautiful and one of the most visited cities for a reason. The food is the best, there is something going on every weekend, three popular beaches to choose from, and a picture-perfect downtown. With one year down, I know my education has been better than most and I feel like I have barely scratched the surface of exploring Charleston. I am thankful for having matched here and am looking forward to the next two years.
Tucker Price, M.D.
I love being a part of the Trident family medicine program. After becoming a resident in the program, the parts of the program that I value most are the attributes of the program that attracted me to it when I applied. One of the main reasons I chose Trident was that I wanted to be a part of a hybrid program. The opportunity to be at an unopposed community hospital where you are working directly with your consultants is a great learning opportunity. I also appreciate the opportunities afforded by being at a major academic center where there is a dedicated children’s hospital and where you have the opportunity to take care of patients that you would otherwise not have the opportunity to provide care. MUSC has a great research community that you are able to benefit from as part of a joint program. The faculty and residents are one of the greatest assets of the program, and I enjoy both working with my fellow residents and the time I spend with them outside the hospital. Charleston is a fantastic place to live with easy access to the beach, outdoor activities, and water sports in your time off. Charleston has a disproportionate number of restaurants, festivals, and activities for the size the city with minor league soccer, hockey, and baseball teams in town for those interested.