- Intern orientation is held a week before the start of intern year.
- Throughout the week, there are social events including a welcome dinner at the home of the Department Chair.
- Intern retreat is held in October just for interns
- This retreat, complete with wine tasting and horseback riding, gives the intern class dedicated time together to reflect on their first few months of residency.
Intern BBQ and Annual Wiffle Ball Game
- Intern BBQ is held at the end of intern year.
- The interns are celebrated and words of wisdom are shared as they embark on their PGY 2 year.
- The resident retreat is held each spring for all residents.
- During the retreat, residents have the opportunity for wine tasting, and engage in team-building activities.
The program hosts an annual holiday party in December for all residents to celebrate the holiday season.
- The End of the Year Banquet is a celebration to honor our graduating residents, as well as the time for presentation of awards voted by the house staff.
- All residents are invited to attend as well as families of graduating senior residents.
Picnics, BBQs, and Happy Hours
Throughout the year, residents and their families organize a multitude or picnics, BBQs, and happy hours to enjoy the beautiful weather.
Committee on Residency Reform (CRR)
- CRR meetings are held the first Tuesday of each month.
- CRR provides a forum for residents to discuss any aspects of the residency program and to propose/evaluate possible changes to the residency program structure.
- All residents are welcome to attend, and attendance includes nominated class representatives, chief residents, and program directors.
The hospital-wide wellness program provides a peer support system to residents who have experienced difficult cases and to promote wellness and camaraderie.
We take physician well-being seriously and are committed to promoting resilience as well as preventing burnout among our housestaff. Some resources available to our residents include online access to a dedicated Stanford primary care provider and a wellness coach who is a fitness trainer or nutritionist. Our residents also have access to mental health providers for confidential services, including counseling and referrals if need be. Stanford GME hosts a Peer Support network, which allows residents to connect anonymously with trained peer supporters from other programs (often residents of similar PGY levels), who are available to provide support during difficult situations. Our housestaff have have formed a wellness committee focusing on resident needs and helping foster programs such as a wellness curriculum and pet-therapy visits for housestaff. In fact, physician well-being has been a focus of some of our residents' scholarly quality improvement projects. Additionally, our Internal Medicine Women's Group offers a safe and supportive environment to discuss issues related to gender in medical training, as well as practical mentorship for career advancement (in areas such as negotiation and conflict resolution). Finally, our intramural sports groups and access to Stanford campus facilities such as the Arrillaga Gyms, Cardinal Football games, and the Bing Concert Hall are favorites among the group.