Fun: The Final Requirement
We're social beings and we require fun. Whether it's a resident-organized outing or a program event, our residents know how to have fun (but respectfully allow those who need to rest a pass). As an added bonus, we have implemented a new General House Staff Fund, managed by an appointed third-year resident as Treasurer, that can be used to plan social outings.
Whenever there is a month with five Fridays, the fifth Friday is Fun Friday! Our noon conference is transformed into a social gathering for residents and their families who enjoy a catered lunch, music, and games and toys for any children that attend.
Twice a year, residents get the opportunity to go off-campus for their class retreat. While these retreats give residents the chance to discuss all aspects of the program as well as gain exposure to the various career paths, it is also expected that residents will let loose, have fun and relax. PGY-1s head to The Center for Courageous Kids, PGY-2s go to Berea and PGY-3s kick back at Woodford Reserve.
The winter holiday season is twice as nice with the Holiday Luncheon and Holiday Party. Food, music and fun are prescribed at these festive events.
Wait, isn't this an educational event? Right you are, but our residents kick it up a notch with this chairman's conference, Quiz Bowl. During Quiz Bowl, residents are given a chance to show their stuff game show-style to see who knows more in pediatric medicine - the residents or faculty. As of 2013, the faculty are the reining champions!
After three years of working hard in our program, graduates celebrate their successes both with heartfelt laughs and tears of sadness as they say goodbye to the friends they've made along the way. Family and friends are invited to join the ceremony and celebration with food, music and drinks in downtown Louisville. It's a night to remember.