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Frequently Asked Questions

Over the years, applicants have asked us a lot of great questions. These queries, together with the answers we’ve provided, give you an excellent source of information on a range of important issues.

Q: How are residents’ requests for leave (maternity/paternity, sickness, vacation) handled?

A: Sick leave, short-term disability, maternity and paternity leaves and family hardship leaves are all available. Leave policies are listed clearly in the department’s “Policy and Procedure Manual.” For brief absences, residents are expected to cover each other’s ambulatory patients and, in some settings, cover inpatient responsibilities as well. In general, the impact of one resident’s leave on his or her colleagues is minimal. We make every effort to maintain the integrity of each resident’s experience.

Q: To what extent do your residents interact with each other over the course of the four years of training?

A: We strongly encourage interactions between residents across the four years of training. PGY-1 and PGY-2 residents now rotate together on the same inpatient service and a senior resident is often available to supervise and mentor. A senior resident is typically available to supervise and mentor during the PGY-3 rotation at Strong Ties, our long-term care program.

A program-sponsored Resident’s Luncheon, led by the chief resident, takes place each Tuesday. The Training Director and Co-Director are invited once a month to discuss problematic issues, review curriculum, schedules, policy changes and make course corrections to optimize the program.

The residents also have two day-long, off-site retreats each year. These time-honored gatherings are another important means for building cohesion among the group and providing the department’s administration with valuable feedback.

A resident resource room was created by the Department – solely for residents’ use – to provide a comfortable setting that fosters camaraderie and scholarship.

Q: To what extent do trainees have input into the organization, evaluation and evolution of the training program?

A: Residents are valued contributors to our Curriculum Committee, Selections Committee and a variety of other ad-hoc sub-committees convened to examine educational issues. The Residents’ Council, composed of the chief resident and representatives from each year of training, is an important means by which residents may have input into the program’s design and administration. There are numerous examples of program modifications over the last several years, both minor and substantial, that have resulted from the residents’ input.

Q: How are co-curricular activities supported by your program (i.e., research, policy training, organized medicine, off-site relations, and community service)?

A: Residents are encouraged to become involved in research sponsored by faculty members and supported by their grants. Residents can also apply to the Department Chair for funds to support specific, innovative projects. The program enables residents’ involvement in a variety of extra-curricular activities; for example: community involvement at the St. Joseph’s Neighborhood Center Free Mental Health Clinic has been a rewarding experience for residents and attendings who have volunteered there on Thursday nights for more than five years.