Resident Social Life
It is well known that residency training is busy, however we believe that it is very important to balance work with outside activities. In the past, the program arranged and covered the cost of many social outings throughout the year, in addition to social activities that are resident driven. As of 2011, the Social Committee was born! The Social Committee consists of several house staff that organize events throughout the year. The committee works within a set budget (provided by the Department of Medicine), to offer a variety of events thoughout the year that all residents are invited to attend. If the link is underlined, you may click on the function title to view the photo gallery for that event.
The Program Director, along with the Department of Medicine faculty, welcomes the new residents, by hosting a Welcome Reception. This is a Cocktail and Hors D'oeuvres style reception and it provides an opportunity for the newly arriving residents to get to know the faculty members they will be working with.
The Department of Medicine welcomes the new residents and their families in the summer, inviting them to a social picnic at a local picnic venue. This provides an opportunity for the newly arriving families to get to know each other.
Recognition Dinner (Graduation Dinner)—June
At the end of the academic year, there is a formal graduation awards ceremony, attended by all residents and a guest, as well as faculty and staff. The purpose of this dinner is to say good-bye & best wishes to those graduating from the program and to recognizing residents and faculty n the program for various teaching awards.
Syracuse Chief's Baseball Game—May/July
Take me out to the ballgame… our residents asked for it, so we tried it! The year 2010 marked the first Department of Medicine sponsored Syracuse Chief's Baseball game. A good time was had by all!
Annual Ice Skating—December/January
Each year during the winter months, the residents and program staff meet at Clinton Square for a day of Ice Skating. This turns out to be a great event for all, whether seasoned skaters or beginners. House staff are encouraged to bring their families. This is the perfect event to show residents that winter can be fun!!
Crunch Hockey Game Night—December/January/February
This past winter, the residents enjoyed a night out at the Syracuse Crunch Hockey game. A good time was had by all, and we plan to make this a part of our annual social events.
The Great New York State Fair—August/September
For the past 2 years, the Department of Medicine has supplied each resident and fellow 2 entry tickets and some ride tickets to encourage them to attend the Great New York State Fair. House staff can choose to meet as a group and experience the fair together, or visit on their own time, when their schedule allows. There is truly something for everyone at the fair. It is a MUST DO!!
Cooking with the Chair—End of Winter/Early Spring
For the past 2 years, the residents have had the opportunity to join Dr. Michael Iannuzzi, the Chair of the Department of Medicine for a night of gourmet cooking!! Not only do the residents love to work along side Dr. Iannuzzi and the Chefs in the Catering Department at Upstate Medical University, but they get to gather together at the end to share the wonderful meal they have prepared. This is a wonderful team-building experience and a great time is had by all.
A Night at the Museum—November/December
This is a new program the Department of Medicine developed in conjunction with the Everson Museum of Art in downtown Syracuse. The purpose of this function is to use the visual practice of viewing art to strengthen diagnostic skills when viewing patients. More than 50 residents took advantage of this wonderful night out in downtown Syracuse, complete with Cocktail Reception and the opportunity to learn a skill that will benefit their patients.
This has become an annual favorite!!! The Department of Medicine shows their thanks by arranging a traditional Thanksgiving Dinner, complete with a power point presentation about the "History of Thanksgiving". Residents are joined by Fellows, Faculty and Staff.
Resident-directed Social Events—Year Round
Residents spend free time together by organizing picnics, movie nights, snow skiing days at nearby facilities, hiking days, meeting for breakfast, social parties, or perhaps competing in a friendly game of sports, like cricket or basketball. Large groups of residents frequently gather just to spend a day hiking at one of the nearby state parks.
Volunteer/Charity Events—Year Round
Residents are often found organizing, assisting or partaking in various Volunteer/Charity Events throughout the year. Usually this is done in organized groups or teams. It makes the Department of Medicine proud that we have wonderful residents that feel the need to give back to their community.