Trident Medical Center - MUSC Transitional Year Residency Program FAQ
Q. Is your program a community-based or university-based
A. The program is community-based and affiliated with a medical
university. This allows us to have all the benefits of an unopposed
community-based program (we are the only residency program at
Trident) so we are not competing with other residents for patients,
procedures, etc. However, we are strongly affiliated with the
Medical University of South Carolina (MUSC) and do a number of
rotations there, so we continue to be able to reap the benefits
of a large medical university: a large library, research opportunities
if you are interested, and the benefit of qualified sub-specialists.
This "hybrid" community/university based system is one
of the most unique and appealing aspects of our program.
Q. How often is call?
Call is comparable to most other residency programs. During Family
Medicine inpatient rotations, interns work one 5-day block of
night float per 5-week rotation (otherwise work day shifts with
5-6 days off per 5-week rotation). Most other rotations do not
Q. What do residents do in their free time?
A. Probably the most popular places in Charleston to hang out
are on one of the many beaches in the area. Sullivan's Island,
Isle of Palms, Folly Beach, and Kiawah Island are just a few minutes
drive from anywhere in Charleston. Many of the residents have
boats and enjoy fishing, shrimping, water skiing,or just cruising
the waterways of the Lowcountry. Downtown Charleston is popular
as well. Great restaurants, cool bars, good bands, sight-seeing
the historic downtown area, and shopping on King Street and at
the Market are just a few of the things that make downtown such
a unique and exciting place to be.
There are also a number of parks for jogging, sports, and picnicking.
Many residents enjoy the numerous golf courses and tennis venues
in the Charleston area. Charleston also has professional hockey,
soccer, and baseball teams. These are just a few of the many reasons
that Charleston has been consistently ranked as one of the most
desirable cities to live.
Q. What kind of cultural activities are in Charleston?
A. Historic Charleston is filled with a wide array of cultural
activities including the Gibbs Museum of Art, the Dock Street
Theatre, the Charleston Symphony, the Robert Ivey Ballet, the
U.S.S. Yorktown, and Fort Sumter. A number of national and regional
musical acts frequently make a stop in Charleston. But, without
a doubt, the biggest cultural event in Charleston is the Spoleto
and Piccolo Spoleto Festival that occurs annually in May and June.
During the festival, downtown Charleston hosts hundreds of events
ranging from operas to plays and art exhibits to blue-grass music.
Q. Where do most residents live?
A. All over Charleston. Residents live in Mount Pleasant, West
Ashley, James Island, North Charleston, downtown, or at one of
the beaches. There are a number of great neighborhoods in all
areas of the town, and if you have kids, good schools are not
hard to find. Traffic is not too bad commuting to work; for most
of us, the commute is against traffic. Depending on what area
of town that you live in, the commute ranges from a couple of
minutes to no more than 20 minutes.
Q. Do any residents buy homes?
A. Currently about half of the residents in the program own homes,
and the other half rent. Many of the local banks give great deals
on mortgages to residents -no money down and low interest rates.
Q. Is parking convenient?
A .Both at MUSC and Trident, the walk from the parking lot to
the hospital is just a couple of blocks. It is free, well lighted,
Q. How much vacation do you get each year?
A. Three weeks of paid vacation is included each year. Vacation
can be taken during emergency medicine, ambulatory care, radiology,
and elective rotations.