Resident Life

Residency Progam Action Committee (RPAC)

The Residency Program Action Committee (RPAC) brings together the three core parties — residents, chief residents and program directors — into a synergistic relationship that aims to continuously improve and enhance the residency program. RPAC is designed to make the most of our collective capacity for innovation in an environment that promotes collegiality, collaboration, and transparency. These core parties partner to recognize, to prioritize, and to implement improvements within the residency program.

The structure of RPAC involves the RPAC leadership team (program leadership, chief residents, and resident representatives) and task force meetings, resident forums, and town hall meetings. The resident forums are a venue for the RPAC leadership to report updates on previously discussed issues and to allow the residents to then discuss any new issues or concerns without the presence of program leadership. The RPAC leadership meetings are designed to discuss and address issues raised by residents at the forums as well as issues brought up by chief residents and program directors. The task force meetings are composed of smaller groups focusing on a designated issue. Town hall meetings are whole program meetings that will provide the “State of the Program”, a broader look at the residency program and the challenges it faces and the goals it has.

Peer Mentoring Program

Residents are linked to one another in a 3-tiered buddy system, each group comprising a combination of PL1s, PL2s, and PL3s. Residents with similar career interests or backgrounds are identified and connected for support and mentoring. This program is completely resident-run and supported by the Program Leadership.


The residency program organizes CHOP Moms, a supportive group of residents, fellows and attendings connected by the common experience of parenting while pursuing careers in academic pediatrics. The group meets monthly to share advice and resources and to discuss the challenges and joys of seeking balance as a physician parent. The group also gathers for play dates at many of Philadelphia’s playgrounds and indoor play spaces.


One of the most important traditions of the CHOP residency experience takes place far outside the walls of the hospital. Each year, residents embark on a 2 1/2 day retreat where they have the opportunity to share and to reflect upon their experiences as new physicians. The retreats are facilitated by a graduate of the residency program who is now the Director of Education for the University of Pennsylvania Psychiatry Department.

The intern retreat is focused on helping first-year residents gain perspective on their CHOP experiences. By discussing their most positive and most difficult moments, interns learn from one another and bond over their shared experiences. Problem- solving about common difficulties faced helps the class to improve the intern experience for themselves and for future classes.

The PL2 retreat is focused on transitioning to the leadership roles that residents will have during their PL3 year. During the PL2 retreat, residents participate in workshops to improve their skills as physicians, as problem solvers, and as team leaders. They practice skills such as evaluating learners, giving feedback, and managing a team.

The day before graduation, the PL3 retreat allows time for residents to reflect on the past three years and solidify the bonds they’ve made.

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Salary and benefits

PL1 $53,410

  • Medical coverage with prescription plan
  • Dental plan
  • Life & disability insurance
  • Retirement savings account
  • Subsidized parking at the hospital
  • Meal allowance when on-call
  • Membership in American Academy of Pediatrics
  • Professional development “book fund”
  • State licensing fees
  • Some moonlighting opportunities within the program for PL2s, PL3s and PL4s
  • Full compliance with ACGME duty hour regulations
  • Full access to employee assistance programs including mental health referral services

Reviewed on April 30, 2014