Here at Children’s National, we recognize the demands of a residency work load. However, we believe residents have to take care of themselves in order to best care for patients. As a result, we are committed to supporting resident wellness in all that we do.
Scheduling is a priority and we do our best to accommodate each individual resident’s requests.
We guarantee four full days off at holidays (excluding any post-call day). We also allow every resident to take off three personal days during each year of training. We also encourage every resident to take advantage of the six free counseling sessions offered through the hospital insurance plan.
In addition to these administrative efforts, Children’s National has many activities which foster resident wellness both in and outside of the hospital!
Here are a few of the activities we have each year:
Senior Resident Wellness Retreats
*New* in spring 2018, senior residents are relieved of clinical duties to escape to a beautiful retreat center in Maryland. Made possible by generous support from program and administrative leadership and the dedication of our hospital chaplains, the retreats provide dedicated time for senior residents to reflect on their experiences in residency and hone strategies to foster resilience in the next phases of their careers. Retreats include time for group discussion, outdoor exploration, and team-building games, as well as time for self-care activities including yoga, massage therapy, arts & crafts, and mindful meditation.
Each October, our entire intern class is relieved from clinical duties and spends 3 days and 2 nights together with program leadership at a ski resort in Pennsylvania. The retreat is filled with educational sessions on career development, personality types, cultural competency, implicit bias and work-life balance as well as fun team-building activities including a ropes course! With a few months of residency under their belt, it’s a great opportunity for our interns to relax, bond and spend some time together outside the hospital!
One Wednesday a month, the residency has a Wellness-related noon conference to support residents in finding a healthy work-life balance. These activities include mindfulness exercises, personal goal setting, yoga, and pet therapy.
Every other month, each class of residents is welcomed to a facilitated discussion with the hospital chaplains and chief residents. It serves as an opportunity to reflect on and find meaning in our work as physicians and to foster resilience.
Resident Wellness Week
The resident run Wellness Committee puts together multiple conferences and activities during a week in the fall to help support resident wellness. Program happy hours, outdoor outings, meditations & dance classes are just a few examples of activities that take place during Wellness Week.
Resident Appreciation Day
The administration has made a special day to honor the hard work of the residents by showering residents with treats and decorating our work spaces.
Faculty Resident Quiz Bowl
A Jeopardy style trivia game is played between faculty, fellows and residents twice a year in place of our Professorial Rounds. Banter between teams is highly encouraged and supplies much entertainment for all involved!
Held in December, we all get together to celebrate the holidays! The night includes dinner at a fun spot in the city. Fellows and attendings help cover the floors so all residents can attend!
Held in June, we rent out space at a bar in the city to come together and celebrate our year. Food is provided, and again our fellows and attendings again help cover the floors so all residents can attend.
All interns are given the last week of their academic year off. Funds from our resident union help the interns and their significant others rent a house at the beach where they get to relax, have fun, eat well, and celebrate the huge accomplishment of completing intern year!
PL2 Day Off
All second-year residents have a day off together in the second half of the year. Our resident union helps pay for an outing, which in recent years has included such events as a baseball game, park barbeque, boat ride, and/or group dinner.
PL3 Day Off
All third-year residents also have a day off in the second half of the year. Our resident union helps to fund the day. Some examples include a trip to a local theme park, wine tasting, and chartering a dinner cruise on the Potomac.
Pediatric International Morale Promoting Organization (PIMPO)
Standing for the Pediatric International Morale Promoting Organization, this week-long group of festivities is run by residents and includes activities such as a costume contest, a bake-off, and a friendly game of assassin.
At the end of the year, we have a resident-written, resident-run Roast. Each class typically makes a video or performs. It is always a year highlight!