We believe it is important for residents to establish meaningful relationships in order to function as a cohesive unit when providing patient care. Below are just a few of the ways we have traditionally fostered personal and professional wellness among our residents. While COVID-19 will likely limit some of these indoor events, we continue to arrange creative outdoor, physically-distanced experiences for our residents to enjoy.
Ellen Wald, MD, our department chair, hosts a casino night at her home where residents, faculty and program administration gather to play blackjack, poker, craps and more (with fake money, of course!).
We celebrate the holidays in a variety of settings. From exchanging “Secret Santa” gifts to dressing in cocktail attire for the department’s holiday party, we enjoy celebrating various seasons and holidays together.
There have been a variety of resident sports leagues over the years, with the most recent being resident kickball, soccer, and volleyball teams.
Each autumn, we host a program-wide retreat promoting resident bonding and some friendly inter-class competition. Activities range from tug-of-war, relay races, capture the flag, puzzles to a pumpkin toss!
Annual Camping Trip
Residents take a yearly camping trip to Devil’s Lake in Baraboo, Wisconsin, to enjoy hiking, campfires, s’mores and unplugged time in nature.
Each service on the inpatient wards has dedicated work spaces for residents. They are equipped with computers for all, laptops for additional medical students, white boards for teaching and the Dragon system for dictating.
Our spacious resident lounge is a place for residents to relax and decompress. The lounge has a kitchenette, lockers for each resident, a flat screen television, computer work stations and three call rooms with personal bathrooms and showers!
Outdoor healing garden at University Hospital
In 2016, the revised outdoor healing garden opened with beautiful flowers and plants. There are multiple tables for staff and patients to use to get in that extra vitamin D during the day! This is a lunchtime favorite locale.
Books and Book Money
Residents are given educational resources throughout residency, including Harriet Lane, Lange Guide to Neonatology, Bright Futures, EBM User’s Guide to the Medical Literature and more. Also, residents have a yearly stipend that they can use toward educational materials, conferences, review courses or step exams/boards.
Each resident class attends a weekend retreat with the focus of professional development as well as class bonding.
The development topics include:
- PL1: Adjustment to internship, stress management, working in teams
- PL2: Managing conflict, career planning, and leadership
- PL3: Teaching skills, finding a job, negotiating a contract
After the development content, residents engage in collaboration activities together and have down time dedicated for socializing and relaxing.