Our Support Network For Residents
Our faculty, the Med-Peds and categorical chief residents, are key support people and mentors. However, the most important support network is always your fellow residents. Some other key features that help our residents adjust to and thrive during residency are detailed below.
Med-Peds Resident-Faculty Mentor Advisor Program
Here in Cincinnati we have Med-Peds graduates in almost any capacity that you can think of. This offers us the ability to connect our Med-Peds residents with mentor support for any career interest that they may have. The goal of our Mentor Advisor Program is to increase personal and career mentorship opportunities for our Med-Peds residents. In this program, a resident is paired up with a Med-Peds faculty member who they are able to meet with periodically. Popular topics of discussion include:
- How are things going personally and at work?
- Are you having any struggles that your faculty mentor-advisor can help with?
- How can the faculty mentor-advisor provide support?
- How is the resident managing their health and well-being?
Dedicated Med-Peds Chief Resident
We have a dedicated 5th year Med-Peds chief resident who is responsible for helping coordinate your needs and schedule between the categorical programs. This extra position allows us to support our residents on a more personal level and make sure that their needs and goals are being met during residency. The chief provides support to residents in numerous ways: helping coordinate your clinic schedule, creating your block schedule base on your personal goals, and coaching interns.
Major Transitions During Residency
We recognize that early on in your residency transitioning from internal medicine to pediatrics (and vice versa), the first team leading experience, and the start of your 4th year (as you are searching for jobs or fellowships) can be stressful times. Therefore, we have special activities during these times of transition, including class dinners and re-orientations, that we plan annually to help support and encourage our residents.
There are also Intern retreats with both internal medicine and pediatrics. These retreats consist of a few days out of the hospital (with no pagers or clinical responsibilities!) that allow you the opportunity to enjoy time with your colleagues and to work off the stress of internship!
We recognize that moving to a different city is a big deal. Orientation is a (paid!) two-week extravaganza that introduces you to the ins-and-outs of the Med-Peds residency as well as your categorical programs. Our goal during this time is to get incoming interns set up for success both (1) in their jobs, but also (2) creating a community and support network in which they can thrive.
There are a number of team-building and social activities for the interns, including a ropes course, a dinner cruise, a scavenger hunt, a cocktail party at the Newport aquarium, numerous picnics, and other fun activities.