Social Events

To foster camaraderie and close relationships among all levels of physicians, the department hosts many social events throughout the year.


Held at the end of June, orientation serves to welcome the incoming residents. It includes an advanced life support class, introduction to hospital ancillary services, registration, and some fundamentals of first-year resident duties. It also involves various social events that allows the new first-year resident class to get acquainted and meet the other residents, fellows, and faculty.

All Resident Retreat

Annually the residents of PGY2 and PGY3 classes have individual class retreats. The classes pick their activity and enjoy a day together free from clinical responsibilities.

Intern retreat

Each year the department sponsors a retreat for the interns and their families, usually at a beachfront hotel. The schedule is full of organized events, free time, and meals including a session to allow for discussion of the program’s strengths and weaknesses. Changes in the training program are based on suggestions by the interns at this retreat. Upper-level residents and fellows provide coverage of hospital duties so that all interns may attend!

Pediatrics Science Day

Each spring residents and fellows can present their research or interesting case reports. The department also sponsors visits from several prominent educators from other universities who speak at Grand Rounds and interact with the residents, fellows, and faculty. This stimulates networking and brings in new ideas and approaches to patient care.


Senior Dinner

This is an annual event where all of the seniors get to come together as a class. The floor teams are covered by the PL-1 and PL-2 residents to allow all the seniors to attend. In addition to having fun together, important topics for their futures are discussed such as board preparation, career development, and job opportunities.

Other scheduled events

  • Winter Holiday Party
  • Match Day Party

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