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Resident Retreats

We care deeply about the personal and professional development of our residents. We have retreats for all our residents and provide them with protected time from clinical responsibilities so they can participate.

Our retreats give our residents the opportunity to learn new skills, reflect on residency experiences, and enhance growth as a physician. Residents report that they return with a renewed energy and sense of team.

Interns (Learners)

Fall Retreat (Full-day)

During the first week of October when the New England weather is great, we get together in a barn. This retreat is facilitated by our Program Director, Associate Program Directors, Program Coordinators, and Chief Residents.

We usually finish the afternoon with pizza and a group activity.

Goals:

  1. Promote group camaraderie and a culture of teamwork
  2. Discuss the idea of safety and our culture of “asking for help”
  3. Set personal and group goals for the year

Spring Retreat (Half-day)

At the end of first year, this retreat offers a chance for residents to reflect on the past year, re-evaluate their goals, and prepare for year ahead as a Manager. It focuses on self-directed learning, managing, and "managing up."

Goals:

  1. Develop confidence and a deeper understanding of oneself
  2. Become more autonomous in clinical skills and education
  3. Build a stronger bond with advisors

PGY-2 (Managers)

May Retreat (Full-day)

This annual leadership retreat focuses on enhancing residents’ skills in teaching, managing conflict, and team building—all of which are crucial for a successful year as a Teacher.

We end this retreat with Axe throwing, an activity loved by our residents.

Goals:

  1. Learn the skills to transition from the role of Manager to Teacher in our program
  2. Identify the crucial role our PGY-3 residents have in the culture of our program and community

PGY-3 (Teachers)

Mid-year Retreat (Half-day)

This retreat offers our residents to “look back and move forward.” It's a time to reflect on their accomplishments and focus on their future career development.

We celebrate our sense of family and our residents’ professional accomplishments over three years of training.

Goals:

  1. Explore life goals and the anxieties of leaving residency
  2. Look back at the SWOTS completed early in the intern year
  3. Reflect on graduate medical training and provide our program with suggestions for improvement