At Hope, we provide all entering residents with a 10 day paid Orientation. Our goal is to make the transition from medical student to intern as smooth as possible. All interns will be certified in BLS/PALS/NALS, receive formal computer order training, and education regarding on “How to be a good teacher/role model.” Additionally, residents learn information regarding Evidence-Based Medicine, and Cultural Competency, as all ethnicities and levels of socioeconomic status are represented at the hospital. We want to provide the interns with all the tools necessary to feel comfortable (and on the same page) on their first day! Lastly, the chief resident spends time teaching the interns all the ins and outs of the system. Evenings, are often spent socializing, and getting to know one another better on a personal level.
In order to acclimate themselves to the hospital, we have the interns participate in a fun Scavenger Hunt during Orientation, in which they work together as a team to learn all aspects of the hospital!
One pre-planned night, the entire program gathers for a fun-filled evening of food/drinks/and good company, where the seniors get to meet and socialize with the new interns! Other social events occur that are peppered through Orientation week. We had our annual dinner at Maya del Sol restaurant this year with Attendings, Subspecialists, and representation from all 3 classes, with full family in tow!
As the year comes to an end, we are happy to welcome our new interns, but sad to see our beloved seniors go! Equipped with great clinical skills, we feel confident they are ready to tackle the outside world with success. The last week of residency we gather as a group many times to bid the seniors farewell: from our annual softball game (Attendings vs. Residents-beware it gets competitive!), to farewell lunches/parties. The week culminated this past year at Italian restaurant Maggiano’s downtown, where we celebrated the success of each individual resident with their family and friends.