Resident Life & Wellness

Resident group photo at beach

At MUSC, we prioritize your physical and mental well-being. Trainees participate in a comprehensive wellness curriculum featuring monthly core lectures on health, wellness, personal finance, and resilience. Additionally, we offer a variety of wellness activities and events scheduled regularly for your benefit. Below you will find some of the ways we are actively maximizing wellness during residency.

Internal Medicine Wellness Committee

Resident-run committee with faculty oversight:

Dr. Meghan Thomas' headshot. 

Maggie, Thomas, M.D.

Faculty Lead

Mitchell Benton 

Mitch Benton, M.D.


Jay Gopal 

Jay Gopal, M.D.

Vice President

Dr. Meghan Thomas' headshot. 

Kush Patel, M.D.

Cultural Representative

Mitchell Benton 

Nick Angeloni, M.D.

Social Representative

Jay Gopal 

Jared Schenk, M.D.

Curriculum representative

What does MUSC IM offer as far as wellness?

Academic Half Day: 

  • Quarterly lectures sponsored by the Wellness Committee (Examples: Wellness wheel, nutrition, moral distress, emotional intelligence)
  • AHD lecture series on Personal Finance (not sponsored by financial companies)
  • AHD Career advising including fellowship applications and interviews

Monthly Inpatient Debrief Sessions:

  • Chief-led debriefs on the greenway
  • Free pizza lunch for all participating residents
  • New script to address complex inpatient issues
  • Judgement free zone
  • Peer-to-peer discussion about code/RR

Grand Rounds Lectures focused on the following:

  • Resiliency
  • Micro-aggressions
  • Burn-out
  • Inclusive excellence initiatives

Social Events:

  • Quarterly wellness events
  • Monthly social events
  • Events are wellness-sponsored to reduce cost or provide free opportunities to explore Charleston
  • Examples: Riverdog’s baseball or Stingray’s hockey games, March madness happy hour, Cooper River Bridge Run, Yoga, Downtown Scavenger Hunt, James Island holiday light show

Free Food Opportunities:

  • “Fancy” coffee in the resident library
  • Chick-fil-a on Friday mornings at main morning report
  • Pizza for debrief sessions
  • RBM lunches
  • Intern group and upper-level group sessions with APDs (quarterly)
  • Wellness sponsored social events (most of the time)
  • GME office
  • Free coffee in University Internal Medicine clinic (UIM)

Employee Health:

Emotional health is just as important as physical health. We believe fulfillment in this area contributes to a satisfying and successful life and career. 

  • Employee Assistance Program (EAP): Opt-Out Program for categorical Internal Medicine residents where residents can opt out of scheduled EAP appointments. These appointments take place during academic half day during which you are excused. This confidential free service is available 24/7 to help address difficult personal, family, and work-related problems.

Major Purchases:

  • Department purchase of coffee machine
  • Fitness bike and weights for the resident library
  • Couch for resident library
  • Coffee machine for University Internal Medicine clinic

Social Life:

Charleston has been ranked the #1 city in the United States since 2012 by Travel and Leisure Magazine. Our “Holy City” was even named the Best City in the World by that magazine in 2016. With its vibrant culturerich historyexquisitely-preserved architecture, idyllic coastal locationcelebrated dining scene and friendly locals, Charleston is one of America’s best loved travel destinations. Charleston has an abundance of festivals, restaurants, beaches (Isle of Palms, Sullivans Island, Folly Beach, Kiawah Island and Seabrook Island), outdoor activities, concerts, parks, historic sites, and museums that you may have a difficult time experiencing it all during residency. Our residents are perpetually taking advantage of all this exceptional city has to offer.

Charleston Battery
Broad Street
Pineapple fountain in charleston
Bridge leading to downtown Charleston 

Program Director, Associate Program Directors, and Chief Residents have an open door policy to offer support.