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For more information, please call (843) 847-5625 or email Amy Poe, Program Coordinator.

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ERAS: 1104500186

NRMP: 2056110C0

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Welcome Letter from our Program Director

Trident Medical Center has fully embraced GME training, and the Emergency Medicine program continues to grow and mature. We have been fortunate to recruit impressive and industrious residents who are working with an extremely dedicated faculty to mold this program into a premier site for those who foresee a career in community emergency medicine. There's still quite a bit of building to be done and for students with an interest in a future role as an administrator or curriculum designer, opportunities abound to be involved in the assessment and enhancement of our program. 

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Mission Statement

The Trident Medical Center Emergency Medicine Residency Program’s mission is to develop the next generation of physicians and physician leaders. As a part of HCA Healthcare, we are driven by a single mission: Above all else, we are committed to the care and improvement of human life.

This program is designed to offer residents a rewarding, educational environment where residents are provided individualized learning opportunities by faculty and staff who support and sustain one another throughout quality care delivery. Our faculty are committed to ensuring the residents' clinical experience and educational needs are fulfilled while expanding residents’ perspectives to be inclusive of cultures, values, and ideals.

Program Overview

The clinical experience at Trident is incredible preparation for a career in community emergency medicine making them amazingly competitive in their future endeavors. Residents at Trident practice and learn in multiple clinical settings. Trident Medical Center is the main center where residents work in a high volume, high acuity setting developing skills in time management, critical care, and coordination with other hospital teams. These shifts are procedure heavy with intubations, central access, reductions, sedations, and trauma resuscitations occurring frequently. At Summerville Medical Center, the acuity is somewhat lower, though the volume higher.

Patient communication and discharge planning are major competencies developed during these shifts. Additionally, dedicated pediatric emergency medicine blocks and longitudinal pediatric emergency medicine shifts occur at Summerville's Pediatric Emergency Department under the supervision of Pediatric EM specialists. Residents also work in freestanding EDs that are located in low-resource areas that are densely urban and settings that are fairly rural. This combination of settings optimally prepares graduates to work in the huge variety of community hospitals throughout the country.

Trident EM residents enjoy two additional major benefits. First, as an HCA-sponsored program, we tap into the resources and experience of 15 emergency medicine residency programs around the country, expert guidance on GME and accreditation, and future employment opportunities nationwide. Next, is the unrivaled allure of Charleston. Our residents delight in their proximity to the award-winning city, its outsized cultural offerings, gorgeous beaches, and year-round warmth. For years, the South Carolina Lowcountry has attracted families and developed at an enormous rate. Trident residents enjoy all that the region offers while being part of a rigorous community-centered training program. We are delighted with what we have accomplished so far and look forward to bringing this program to its full potential in the coming years.

Get to Know the Team

Nicholas Connors, MD Program Director

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Curriculum & Rotation Schedule

Our expertly crafted programs are designed to provide resident physicians with all the experiences and training necessary for professional success.

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Salary & Benefits Information


AY 23-24 PG1 PG2 PG3 PG4 PG5 PG6 PG7
Annual Salary 58,677 60,445 62,254 64,438 67,330 70,366 73,882
On-Call Meals 950 950 950 950 950 950 950
Total 59,627 61,395 63,204 65,388 68,280 71,316 74,832

$950 for on-call meals will be allotted to each resident.

New residents and fellows receive up to $1,000 for orientation (if it takes place before the official contract employment date).

Program budgets include the following additional benefits:

  • Professional Memberships
  • Conference and Travel Expense
  • Cell Phone
  • Laptop/iPad
  • Other Board Prep and Educational Expense
  • Step 3 Reimbursement

Professional Liability Insurance

The hospital will provide professional liability insurance coverage during the training period within the scope of the program. Professional liability insurance coverage provided for the purpose of program training does not extend to moonlighting activities or other activities.


The HCA Healthcare Total Rewards program offers the following benefit options for residents and their dependents:

  • Health and Welfare Benefits Plan
    • Medical
    • Dental
    • Vision
    • Wellness
    • Tuition Reimbursement
    • Health Reimbursement Account
    • Health Care and Day Care Flexible Spending Accounts
    • Life and AD&D Insurance and Dependent Life Insurance
    • Long-Term Disability
    • Employee Assistance Program
    • Voluntary Core Plus Benefits
    • Auto & Home Insurance (Note: Home insurance not available in all locations)
    • Legal Benefit
    • Long-Term Care
    • Short-Term Disability
    • Voluntary Permanent Life Insurance
    • Financial Fitness Program
  • Retirement Benefits
    • 401(k) Plan
  • Paid Time Off
    • 15 days PTO, 5 days educational leave
  • Consumer Discounts
    • Mobile access to over 125,000 discounts including phone and automobile
  • On-duty and On-call Meal Allowance
    • Access to food and beverage in the cafeteria and resident lounge
  • State License and DEA Provided
    • The hospital covers the expense for physician training license and DEA
  • ACLS/PALS/ATLS Training
    • The hospital provides annual training certificates to physicians on training

Learn more about HCA Total Rewards at HCA Careers.

Frequently Asked Questions about our Emergency Medicine Program

International medical graduates must be certified by the Educational Commission for Foreign Medical Graduates (ECFMG).
No, US clinical experience is not required but it is strongly preferred. We do not consider observerships, externships and/or preceptorships to be clinical experiences.

Applicants must be recent (2 or fewer years) graduates from medical school to be considered competitive. Special exceptions will be considered for:

  1. Candidates entering a new residency after completion of the first residency in an ACGME accredited program
  2. Candidates with an MD or DO with an MPH/MS/PhD and extensive prior research experience after completion of an LCME or an AOA accredited medical or osteopathic medical school in the U.S. or Canada, or
  3. Candidates who have served a prolonged period as a general medical officer in the US military.
All GME training programs use the Electronic Residency Application Service (ERAS) to receive and accept applications to the program. All programs at our facility will participate in the National Residency Matching Program (NRMP) “The Match” to recruit residents.
Applicants must have passed USMLE (United States Medical Licensing Examination) Step 1 and have taken both components of Step 2 or the COMLEX (Comprehensive Osteopathic Medical Licensing Examination) Level 1 and have taken both components of Level 2. For standardized test scores, those candidates who have passed both Step 1/Step 2 USMLE or Level 1/Level 2 COMLEX with high scores on the first attempt will be considered more competitive in that category.
International Medical Graduates (IMGs) are required to be ECFMG certified at the time of your application or far enough along in the application process that you will receive certification by the year's end.
No. ECFMG is the sole sponsor of visas for physicians in clinical training programs.
Yes, we run a subinternship that is scheduled through Clinician Nexus. Please email for further details.

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