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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 2.5 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. Each year, a resident-led Retreat Planning Committee meets in advance with retreat facilitators to develop the agendas for the retreats. This ensures that the retreats will be both relevant to the resident experience and fun.
These retreats also provide an escape from the demands of residency. Residents have the chance to relax together and to get to know one another in a different context. The retreats are a rewarding way to strengthen the bonds between classmates while providing tools needed to grow as pediatricians.
The PL1 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 have as senior residents. 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 a wonderful three years and to solidify the bonds of friendship that will last a lifetime.
Throughout the year, first year residents gather together during the noon conference hour to discuss challenging and rewarding experiences they’ve encountered during residency training.
These sessions are facilitated by recently graduated residents and serve as an opportunity to bond and grow together through the many shared experiences they face throughout their intern year.
The chief residents organize group runs open to CHOP residents and fellows once weekly. Interested residents can sign-up for a running club list-serve which emails weekly about upcoming group runs and about races in the Philadelphia area. Running club is a great opportunity to meet other trainees and enjoy time outside together.
The Department of Pediatrics has set aside funds to sponsor resident working teams to socialize over a meal outside of the hospital setting.
Faculty leaders serve as facilitators of one-hour wellness sessions focused on stress management, support systems, communication, and other aspects of maintaining wellness during residency training.
A sense of professional community is established through our many small group opportunities mentioned previously: morning report, Primary Care continuity group practices, professionalism, and membership in GEC and RPAC.
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When starting at CHOP, 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 facilitates connection with people who have recently been through each of the steps you are going through, who know the system, want to help you, and want to be your friend & colleague
Each group is called a family — because that’s what we want this to feel like! The goals of the program are to provide a means of learning from each other, gaining tricks of the trade, obtaining some career guidance, having multiple people on whom you can call to “talk it out,” and (of course) have fun!
Each individual mentoring family has events several times throughout the year, and the overseeing mentoring committee plans larger events for everyone to come and enjoy.
The Multicultural Physicians’ Alliance (MPA) is composed of under-represented minority residents, fellows and attending physicians who are committed to creating a diverse workforce that affords the finest and most culturally effective care to the patients and families of The Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia. Through active participation in the recruitment process, we are dedicated to ensuring that the medical staff is reflective of the community it serves.
The MPA meets several times a year to organize activities for recruitment, to participate in community outreach, and to provide a supportive social network for its members. Through the support of Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia’s Pediatrics Residency Program and the Office of Diversity and Inclusion, this unique organization has become an integral part of the CHOP community.
The NERD (New Epic Resident Development) Squad is composed of energetic and like-minded residents who have an interest in creating digital solutions to improve patient care and physician workflow.
The group brings together residents with wide-ranging skills and interests, along with informatics fellows and faculty members, to help foster resident-based initiatives. For example, in an effort to allow residents to focus on patient care and education, NERD Squad members have been responsible for many of the document templates and "Dot Phrases" used throughout the hospital that streamline the admission and discharge processes. Other projects include an "Epic Hackathon," informatics simulation sessions, and smartphone integration of the beeper system.
Residents can gain further exposure to the field of medical informatics through the Medical Informatics elective and the Advanced Skills in Medical Informatics curriculum. Interested residents are also encouraged to apply to the Clinical Informatics Fellowship at CHOP.
The residency program organizes CHOP Parents, a supportive group of residents, fellows, and attendings connected by the common experience of parenting while pursuing careers in academic pediatrics. The group is a resource 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 throughout Philadelphia’s neighborhood playgrounds or stroller runs on the park trails.
At CHOP, our Graduate Education Committee (GEC) serves to review the educational aspects of the various rotations experienced by our pediatric resident trainees.
The committee is comprised of faculty education liaisons from the various divisions in the Department of Pediatrics and the Department of Critical Care. The resident committee members are representative of their training year class (five to six per class) from the categorical pediatrics program, peds-neurology, peds-genetics and medicine-pediatrics training programs. Each of the division chiefs also sits on the committee.
Although specific rotations are reviewed at each meeting, the focus of the meeting concentrates on common themes, tested solutions and shared suggestions for improvement. The GEC also serves as Faculty Advisory Council, along with resident participation, as an annual review of the program.
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.
Residents are selected through the National Resident Matching Program. You must apply using the ERAS System. Deadline for submissions is Dec. 1.
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