Dr. Annemarie Thompson
Residency Program Director
January 3, 2018
It has been a while since the last newsletter, but our department has been busy! Interview season is behind us, and a big thank you to all the faculty, residents, and staff that made it possible and –dare I say? — fun. The late fall ushered in holiday parties, reunions with friends, cozy nights by the fire, and hopefully a mini-break for many of you over the holidays. I’d like to think things have slowed down in the education office, but they seem busier than ever as we prepare for fellowship applications and interviews for our CA2s in the spring (those letters don’t write themselves) as well as the spring meetings just around the corner.
One of our resident QI teams has created a mechanism to remind all of us (trainees and faculty alike) that feedback is vital for professional growth and development. We will be instituting Feedback Fridays to encourage residents and faculty to take a few minutes during the workday to give and receive real-time feedback in the clinical environment. This can be challenging for even the most experienced teachers, so I’ve attached a link to a literature review on the topic to give everyone some ideas about how to give feedback: http://www.tandfonline.com/doi/full/10.3109/0142159X.2012.684916. Drs. Jeff Taekman and Ankeet Udani have a tremendous amount of experience in this field, so please use our local experts as resources also.
Here are a few upcoming dates to keep in mind:
Saturday, February 17: The In-training Exam. Coverage arrangements are being made, but attendings please plan to have all residents relieved by 6pm on Friday to allow time for rest/carb-loading/Netflix binge-watching/pencil sharpening prior to the exam. Residents will return to their normal duties after the exam, although a post-exam celebratory event is probably in the works.
Friday, March 16: Match Day!! The day all interns breathe a sigh of relief that replacements will arrive.
There will be more, but for now, Happy 2018!