Not only is it a beautiful week here in Cincinnati (well... ok... maybe it is a tad bit humid) but we get to continue to welcome our new interns to the TCHUC family. Let's continue to hear what they are excited about!
The last two weeks of June are always super busy for residents and residency programs but nothing really tops the experience of incoming interns. Over the last month or so they have graduated from medical school, moved to entirely new cities and started orientations. Because we just can't wait for our newest interns here is a sneak peak at some of what they are most excited about in starting residency.
"Durante el viaje a Guatemala, me acordé del fantástico grupo de personas con las que tengo el privilegio de trabajar y cuánto podemos lograr como equipo. Esta foto fue tomada en la Clínica Miller en Chocolá. Mientras estaba sentado detrás de la estación de farmacia pude presenciar a todos los miembros de mi equipo en el trabajo todos a la vez, cumpliendo un papel esencial. A pesar de algunos desafíos que surgieron durante el viaje, la fuerte ética de trabajo del equipo y su disposición para trabajar juntos permitieron que cada día de la clínica fuera un éxito. Tengo la gran bendición de trabajar y aprender con personas tan maravillosas". - Miembro, Equipo de Cincinnati, Febrero
"During the trip to Guatemala, I was reminded of what a fantastic group of individuals I am privileged to work with and how much we can accomplish as a team. This photo was taken at Clinica Miller in Chocolá. As I sat behind the pharmacy station, I was able to witness many members of my team at work all at once, each fulfilling an essential role. Despite some challenges that arose during the trip, the team’s strong work ethic and willingness to work together allowed each clinic day to be a success. I am so blessed to work and learn with such wonderful people.". - Cincinnati Team Member, February
As part of our underserved/global health focus we have regular movie and book club nights. This is a chance for residents, attendings and team members to come together and discuss cultural factors and media representations of the social determinants of health which effect our patient population. This week we met to watch the Emmy awarding winning documentary 13th, directed by Ava DuVernay. The film examines the history and development of the current mass incarceration crisis in the United States.
This film inspires thoughts and is often a call to action. Our group focused on how to talk to our patients about mass incarceration, racism and discrimination. We identified interventions we could make in our current practice, discussed a possible Ohio ballot initiative which would declassify some drug related charged to misdemeanors, and learned how to help people register to vote.
If this is a topic of interest you may want to consider reading one of the books we read as part of an earlier group discussion, The New Jim Crow. Other recommendations include Just Mercy by Bryan Stevenson and The Other Wes Moore by Wes Moore. If you are more of a move person, consider The House I Live In (on PBS) and Time: The Kalief Browder Story (a 6 episode documentary series produced by Jay Z).
As required by the ACGME, every residency program must have a yearly time for the residents to focus on program improvement and evaluation. We are lucky that our retreat also focuses on bonding and fun! Held over two days in March each year, the Family Medicine Retreat is a time to talk about goals for the program, suggest improvements, and take the all important group photo.
Our wellness committee, lead by Rory and Melissa, nailed the fun part of retreat. Not only did they stage an "escape game" (based on pizza and zombies) they also arranged an evening bonfire- with smores for everyone (including vegan options). And while it was a little cold for a hike, we did guided meditation which is almost as good (and better if you ask the Californians).
We are proud and excited to announce our incoming interns!
While we residents have enjoyed reliving our own Match Day's this week, we can't help but think about all the exciting career events of the people we work with. From the MAs who keep the FMC running, to the residency staff who help us with... well everything, and, who could forget, our attendings, it's fun to see all sorts of celebrations.
Halfway there... anyone else as excited as we are to get to Friday? Today we offer some comparisons in how to spend Match Day. As you are see, there is no wrong way to celebrate the day!
St Patrick's Day
As we gear up for this coming Friday, we can't help but look back and think about our own Match days. The anxiety, the joy, the earthquakes (true story, Match Week, 2014, California). This is one of the most important days of your career., so matter how you choose to celebrate-- make sure you get good pictures of it!
Welcome to Match Week 2018! This is an exciting week not just for students but also for the program. We are proud to announce that we have matched all 6 of our categorical FM spots in addition to the 2 FMP spots. Can't wait to meet our newest colleagues. Friday can't come soon enough!