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Resident Spotlight

Sean Haley, MD MPH

I'm born and raised in Syracuse, NY (go Orange!) where I did a dual MD/MPH degree. My wife and I have truly loved being in Charleston, SC. We were initially drawn to the area for its lack of snow, but quickly realized that the program had everything I was looking for. I knew that I wanted a program that would allow me opportunities to work with under-served populations and train me well enough to go anywhere in the world and feel comfortable practicing medicine at the highest level. I interviewed up and down the east coast and didn't find another program quite like ours. After seeing so many other programs I felt truly confident that I would come out of this program ready to do anything.

The hybrid nature of our program (community and academic settings) gives us a unique training opportunity. Working at Trident gives us the chance to be the only residents in the hospital and therefore learn alongside practicing attendings and receive one on one instruction from specialists daily; while our time at MUSC allows us the experience of the academic medical center that has tremendous resources, complex cases, and research opportunities. Our program makes a conscious effort to provide us with the flexibility to explore our interests within and outside of medicine. Our attendings cover a huge variety of community involvement from team doctors for local sports teams to facilitating medical care at local homeless shelters and free clinics to expanding care provided at various nursing homes and acute rehab facilities.

The program itself met all of the things I was looking for, but I was truly sold once I did my interview and met the other residents and attendings. Moving from upstate NY was a big transition for my wife and I, but the co-residents and attendings have truly helped to make Charleston our new home.


Jess Hund, MD

I am originally from South Carolina and attended MUSC for medical school. After living in Charleston for so many years and experiencing the quality of our program as a student, I knew it would be hard to leave. I ended up choosing Family Medicine because I loved all of my clinical rotations as a student. Women's health (particularly gynecology) and Pediatrics were among my favorites, and I found that Family Medicine allowed me to do both. After a couple rotations with the residents and faculty, I realized how great our program was and decided it was where I fit best. I personally enjoy inpatient medicine and was looking for a program where I could receive excellent training. I also felt that the mix of community-based and academic-based settings would add to my learning experience and help me decide on my ultimate practicing goal after residency. Looking back as a second year now, I am 100% satisfied with my decision to stay in Charleston and undergo my training in this program. If I had to do it all over again, I would still choose our program. We have excellent and fun residents who are some of my closest friends, and our faculty fosters learning in a positive environment. I couldn't ask for more out of a program and am very happy to be here!


Sara Khalil, MD
Egyptian born and South Carolina raised - I’ve spent most of my life in South Carolina. I went to high school, college, and medical school all in the same state, so when it came to picking a residency I thought I was going to head for the west coast. It wasn’t until I did my externship at Trident that I realized that the perfect residency for me was in the same city I attended medical school. The friendly residents and attendings were all so eager to teach and help me excel.  I couldn’t be happier with the decision I made to attend residency here. Feel free to contact me with any questions you have and can’t wait to meet you!
Meg Sorrell, DO 
One year down, and I couldn't imagine being anywhere else! I love calling Charleston my home and am proud to be part of such a strong family medicine residency program. Prior to intern year, I spent 9 years in SW Virginia and, as much as I love Hokie Nation, I was ready for my next adventure. This program provided that and so much more! The people here are incredible and we have a tight knit group that works well together and enjoys spending time together outside of work to enjoy everything the beautiful city of Charleston has to offer. The educational experience here is well-rounded & diverse. It is ever-evolving to fit the needs and interests of the current residents. As a combined university & community hospital program, you get the benefit of working in a strong academic center as well as the independence of working in a unopposed community hospital. It truly prepares you for a variety of different practice settings. The educational strength combined with a fun, hardworking group of residents and a beautiful city made this program an easy choice!

Jock Taylor, MD  
Like many others living in Charleston, I am Ohio born and bred. Although I am beaming with Ohio Pride, (Cleveland Cavs are NBA champs!) I couldn't be happier with my decision to move to Charleston for my Family Medicine Residency. My decision to choose this program and the positive experience I have had thus far are numerous. I was looking for a program that would challenge me intellectually in preparation for my future as a family physician. Knowing that I would be moving to an unfamiliar city, while at the same time starting a somewhat daunting work schedule, I wanted to be surrounded by co-residents who worked well together and enjoyed spending time with each other outside of the hospital and clinic. One year into residency I can say with confidence that this program has met those hopes/expectations and more! I have learned more than I thought possible during my intern year, surrounded by a group of intelligent, supportive and caring residents and attendings. Co-residents have become great friends, with weekends spent together at the beach, paddle boarding Shem Creek, or enjoying some of the delicious southern cuisine Charleston has to offer. (Seriously, my work pants are getting a little tight from all the fabulous food!). I couldn't imagine being anywhere else for this crazy adventure that is residency. 

Natalie Christian, MD

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, MD

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, MD

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.

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