Message From Dr. Scott Reeves

The Department of Anesthesia's “can-do” mentality along with all that our beautiful city has to offer creates a wonderful environment in which to train, work and live.

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Resident Life

The MUSC department of Anesthesiology puts just as much emphasis on work life balance as it does on learning and education. We recognize that residency is a stressful time, and that allowing ample time to relax and enjoy the beautiful city of Charleston with co-residents, friends and family is an important part of stress relief and mental health. We are lucky to be in a place where we can take advantage of the lively culture and many local activities on a regular basis.

Resident Support Network:

We consider our residents part of the family and frequently rely on each other for social support during this time of transition and constant flux. Many of our residents move to Charleston with significant others, spouses, pets, and children. The city is certainly family friendly, and there are many resources available to hospital staff. The other residents and faculty are a wealth of information when it comes to dog-walkers, new jobs, daycare, and schooling. Incoming residents also receive contact information for some commonly use realtors by the university if you are looking to purchase a home. 

Events:

Our department hosts a multitude of events for the purpose of faculty, resident, CRNA, nursing and support staff inclusion and morale. These range from the new intern welcome party at the River Dogs Stadium, the annual Christmas party at the Charleston Yacht club, a monthly journal club, and department-sponsored anesthesia conferences.

Outside of the OR:

You can catch residents and their families all around the Lowcountry. There is a never-ending list of activities in the local area including kayaking through the waterways, exploring one of the many local breweries, boating in the harbor, or relaxing on the weekend at one of many local beaches. Many of us also take advantage of our 3 weeks of vacation to travel the world like two of our residents Armando Aguilera and Jaime Adams on their trip to Banff in Canada in 2019.

Wellness Initiative Committee:

The Wellness Initiative Committee is a team-run committee, meeting quarterly, made up of anesthesia faculty and resident representatives aimed at promoting physical, mental and emotional well being with overall goals of preventing physician burnout and coping mechanisms for residency and professional practice. This has several sub-committees which will be faculty and resident representative run covering but not limited to:

  • Debriefing- a peer lead group to discuss and share various experiences freely, without judgement, any situation that may be weighing on the resident
  • Inclusion and Diversity- the MUSC Department of Anesthesia values all forms of diversity and want all of its members to feel department inclusion regardless of age, sex, race, martial status, level of training or sexual orientation.
  • Health and wellness- aimed at promoting department wellness through promotion of exercise and cooking suggestions for the busy physician and highlighting health and wellness events in the community. There will also be an emphasis on the prevention, treatment and outreach for those suffering from mental illness or those feeling additional stress during the COVID crisis

City of Charleston:

Consistently voted as one of the top cities in the country to visit, Charleston offers a wide variety of extracurricular activities to suite everyone's interests. For those wishing to explore new scenery or have a long weekend away from home, popular driving destinations include Edisto Beach, SC, Kiawah Island, SC, Savannah, GA, Charlotte, NC and Asheville, NC.

Best City to visit in the world- #1 for 2020 - https://www.travelandleisure.com/worlds-best/cities-in-us

Best Restaurants- 4 of 25 best fine dining restaurants in US are in Charleston - https://www.tripadvisor.com/TravelersChoice-Restaurants-cFineDining-g191