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Residency Wellness

At the New York-Presbyterian Emergency Medicine Residency program, we understand how hard residents work. We feel strongly that it is during this time of intense training that in addition to learning to take care of patients, residents should also learn how to take care of themselves. With this in mind, we have attendings that are trained to spot resident fatigue, and we encourage residents to take care of each other. We also have several activities during the year that bring residents together often with faculty to do one thing — have fun!

Some of our organized activities include:

  • Central Park Picnic: During orientation, the program director hosts a yearly picnic in Central Park to welcome the incoming class to residency in New York City.
  • Intern Day: Midway through the first year, the intern class is excused from clinical duties for an afternoon together spiced with a little competitive bowling.
  • Intern Wilderness Weekend: In the spring of intern year, all first-year residents are offered a long weekend in Ithaca, New York to camp, bond and train with our specialists in Wilderness Medicine at our Cornell sister campus.
  • Annual Retreat: Each spring, residents and faculty enjoy an annual department-wide social retreat. All residents are excused from clinical duties. Our department retreats have included white-water rafting, a Manhattan harbor cruise, fishing and sports and boating at a rural camp.
  • Graduation: At the end of the year, the hospital hosts a graduation party for the 4th year residents finishing the program. This is a great celebration where our Residency Family comes together to commemorate hard work, success and good friends. All residents are excused from clinical duties to attend.
  • Annual SAEM Conference: All second year residents are relieved from clinical duties and sent by the department to attend the annual SAEM Conference as a class. Much learning and fun is had by all!
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