As a health care professional, should I be held to a higher standard for personal health? As I type this blog entry, a half empty bag of red, white and blue peanut M&M’s sits on my desk and the yellow one on the cover of......18 September, 2015No comment
Adventure Based Activities Bring Residents Together
With the residency programs still in their infancy stages here at Community Health of South Florida, we face challenges unique to our setting. In particular, Obstetrics & Gynecology residents are faced with a different set of challenges compared to our Family Medicine and Psychiatry resident colleagues. But, we are all very similar in other ways. Like most residents across the country, dealing with burnout is a common problem. Residency is hard. Long work hours, sleep deprivation, lower incomes, and learning the nuances of the art of medicine can all contribute to burnout.
So, this year, I wanted to do something different to start off on the right foot for the new academic year. I wanted to ensure that our team of Ob-GYN residents would start the year strong, motivated, and ready to face the challenges. On June 25th, we participated in our first Resident Retreat which was held at FIU Biscayne Bay Campus through their TRAC program. TRAC stands for Team Ropes Adventure Challenge and, according to their website, involves developing “new skill through a series of adventure-based activities that provide training in leadership, teambuilding development, communication, and problem solving skills.” What an adventure it was!
Throughout the various “adventures”, it was interesting to observe as each resident took on a role that was natural to them. As the new Chief Resident, it helped me to better understand how each resident would be able to contribute their unique talents to help build our program; to make it stronger. We grew individually in our understanding of our own strengths and recognizing our weaknesses. And, we grew as a team. In the morning, we were a group separated by “new residents” and “old residents.” By the afternoon, we became one cohesive group; we became a family.