Every July we hold a welcome BBQ at the University Club for all the new PGY1s and their families. It is an opportunity for our new recruits to meet their fellow residents and faculty in a relaxed and social atmosphere at the beginning of the year.
The last scheduled Grand Rounds prior to the December holidays is replaced by a resident run presentation, typically composed of a number of humorous skits and songs.
In February we take the residents on a weekend retreat for team-building exercises, social events and fun! The program arranges for Fellows to cover the medicine residents' call responsibilities so all residents are able to participate. Faculty who have won teaching awards or who serve on the RPC are also invited. Recent venues have included Montebello, Mont Tremblant, Bromont and Blue Mountain. These have proved to be popular and rejuvenating for all involved.
Resident Research Day
In May each year a whole day is set aside for Resident Research Day. The residents are given protected time to present their research projects, (oral presentations and posters), to their colleagues and the Faculty in the Department of Medicine. An invited speaker helps anchor the day and a panel gives feedback to the participants.
Last Call Ball (Graduation Party)
At the end of each academic year, we host a special dinner to celebrate the completion of the core internal medicine training of the PGY3's. All residents and attendings are invited. There is a formal dinner and award ceremony for Faculty and Resident Awards (PGY Resident of the Year awards, Medical Student Teaching Awards, Research Day and Humanitarian Awards). This is followed by a 'roast' by a faculty member of each of the graduating residents and a party.