Here in Shreveport, we take residency wellness very seriously! During this pandemic, we have had to be a little more creative, but we are always up for the challenge. Kristie Searcy, PGY-2, and Jamie Fernan, PGY-1, are our Med-Peds social co-chairs. They brainstorm and organize monthly wellness events for the program.
Below, you’ll find just a few examples (with pictures, of course) of our wellness activities.
Our annual retreat is one of the highlights of the year. We usually start off with lunch, either catered or at a restaurant. Lunch is followed by some type of group activity and a scavenger hunt. Examples of group activities that we’ve done in the past include aerial yoga, kickball, rock climbing, and trampolining. However, the scavenger hunt is probably the most fun and most anticipated event of the year. The residents are divided into 3-4 teams for the scavenger hunt. They are given various tasks that they have to complete, and they document completion of those tasks with photos or videos. Each task is worth a set number of points. Bonus points can be earned as well. The points are tallied, and at our annual graduation party, the winning team is announced and given the coveted “Top Banana Award”.
Our annual farewelcome dinner is a chance to celebrate and say goodbye to our graduates while welcoming our new interns. There is always food, fun, and awards. The coveted "Top Banana Award" is given out at this event.
Crossover Wellness Events
We have held wellness events with other residency programs in the past in order to develop and foster relationships with residents that we may not interact with as much as we would like. Below are some of the activities that have been done in the past:
- Painting with a Twist with Pediatrics
- Grape Picking with Internal Medicine
- Glass Blowing with Ophthalmology
- Crawfish Boils
To celebrate our interns’ first switch in October as well as the switch in the spring, we have previously held switch parties. In the past, we have had dinner at restaurants, celebrated Halloween, rock n roll jousted, held a murder mystery dinner, and sang karaoke.
Annual Holiday Party
We celebrate the holidays annually at Dr. Beal’s home in December. Our gathering features food, fun, and games! There is always our legendary white elephant gift exchange. The dress code varies but has included tacky sweaters and pajamas in the past.
Every February, we loosen up, have a little fun and really focus on wellness! Faculty and residents draw names out of a hat and get a “Febtober Friend”. Each week during February, an individual gets their Febtober friend some token or gift. At the end of the month, we reveal our friends during a lunch gathering. We also participate in some type of service activity.
Birthdays are always a reason to celebrate! We often celebrate with cookie cake but have also been known to celebrate with ice cream, cookies, cupcakes, petit fours, and party hats!