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For more information, please call (843)847-5620 or email Shauntelle Brown, Program Coordinator.

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How to Apply

ACGME: 4404500321

NRMP: Categorical 2056440C0
Preliminary 2056440P0

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Welcome Letter from our Program Director

Welcome to Trident General Surgery Residency Program. We are located in Charleston, South Carolina and only a stone’s throw away from historic downtown. Charleston has multiple historic landmarks, beautiful parks and beaches, and an abundance of things to see and do. Old meets new at our two cutting-edge hospital campuses that host faculty across multiple specialties in the realm of general surgery. We are a brand-new program and our goal is to create competent, caring surgeons who can operate on our own family members. You will have the opportunity to help build a new program from the ground up. You will also have help from dedicated faculty and research staff to assist you through your training. So, if you have an interest in becoming a General Surgeon, then we invite you to look into Trident General Surgery.

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Program Overview

The General Surgery Residency Program is a newly accredited five year program at Trident Medical Center. The goal of the program is to prepare the resident to perform the role of a surgeon at the advanced level expected of a board-certified specialist, and to direct inter-professional and multi-specialty teams necessary for the care of surgical patients. The education of surgeons in the performance of general surgery encompasses didactic instruction in the basic and clinical sciences of surgical diseases and conditions; education in procedural skills and operative techniques; and preparation for the life-long provision of comprehensive care to surgical patients. As a resident you will be exposed to experienced faculty from multiple different specialties, have the ability to join local hospital committees, in addition to a pathways to develop opportunities with the HCA Enterprise.

Get to Know the Team

Jason M Clark, MD, FACS, 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 and Benefits information


Salary 2021-2022
AY 21-22 PG1 PG2 PG3 PG4 PG5 PG6 PG7
Annual Salary 54,267 55,869 57,637 59,738 62,254 64,563 66,539
On-Call Meals 950 950 950 950 950 950 950
Total 55,217 56,819 58,587 60,688 63,204 65,513 67,489
Salary 2022-2023
AY 22-23 PG1 PG2 PG3 PG4 PG5 PG6 PG7
Annual Salary 55,078 56,701 58,510 60,632 63,190 65,541 67,538
On-Call Meals 950 950 950 950 950 950 950
Total 56,028 57,651 59,460 61,582 64,140 66,491 68,488
AY Increase 811 832 874 894 936 978 998
% 1.5% 1.5% 1.5% 1.5% 1.5% 1.5% 1.5%
PGY Increase 2,434 2,642 2,995 3,453 3,286 2,974
% 4.4% 4.6% 5.1% 5.7% 5.2% 4.5%
Salary 2023-2024
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 employment date).

Program budgets include the following additional benefits:

  • Professional Memberships
  • Conference and Travel Expense
  • Cell Phone
  • Laptop/iPad
  • 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

Frequently Asked Questions

International medical graduates must be certified by the Educational Commission for Foreign Medical Graduates (ECFMG).

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

  1. Candidates entering a new residency after completion of a first residency in an ACGME accredited program
  2. Candidates with an MD or DO with a 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 U.S. military.
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.
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.
International Medical Graduates (IMG's) are required to be ECFMG certified at or before the time of matriculation.
No. ECFMG is the sole sponsor of visas for physicians in clinical training programs.