There are many department and program parties throughout the year, and residents are at the center of many of them. Our program is a family, and residents’ partners, children and even parents come to feel that they are a part of residency training.
Welcome PGY-1 Pizza Party
We welcome our new PGY-1s when they begin training with a bash at Gino’s East, which may have been the birthplace of Chicago’s deep dish pizza.
This is a department-wide event held in the beautiful atrium of Prentice Women’s Hospital. Everyone enjoys cocktails and appetizers as John Franklin, MD, interim-chair of the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences, delivers a department update.
Each year residents have the opportunity to participate in Advocacy Day via the Illinois Psychiatric Society (IPS). Resident physicians from training programs throughout the state converge on the capitol to educate our Illinois legislators about important bills considered each year. Recently, the group has supported important legislation on protecting access to medical care and strengthening mental health parity laws. Our residents are encouraged to become a member of IPS and many discover valuable opportunities to target important community issues through this organization.
Our annual celebration of scholarly work and education for the entire department features a buffet lunch, poster session and scholarly awards.
Residents enjoy a full day of fun and team-building. This day is protected from clinical duties and planned by the chief residents. Some of the activities in the past few years include a scavenger hunt, Whirlyball (combination of lacrosse, basketball and bumper cars), art therapy, and karaoke.
This is the big event: Parents, partners and children join the graduates, their fellow residents and faculty virtually. Graduates and their families also enjoy a special dinner with the program directors and coordinator at a restaurant of their choosing.