House officers participate in multiple retreats throughout the residency that provide time for resident bonding, reflection on education, and discussion of issues important to the residency. Significant others and children are included in most events.
- Intern Retreat: An overnight beach retreat in early fall (for interns only) to relax and reflect after the first three months of residency.
- Fall Housestaff Retreat: An all-day, all housestaff retreat, often held at the Thoreau Center near Walden Pond. This retreat focuses on getting to know each other outside the hospital. Activities include ropes courses and and other team building activities.
- Spring Housestaff Retreat: Another all-day all housestaff. This retreat serves as a forum for reflecting on the year, career and financial seminars, voting for teaching awards, and and various fun activities.
- Rising Junior Orientation: An all-day, intern only retreat focused on preparing interns for the responsibilities of the junior year, including increased autonomy and resident and medical student teaching.
- Rising Senior Orientation: An all-day, junior only retreat focused on the role of the senior resident, including how to be an effective teacher and team manager, code team leadership training, and PALS re-certification.
Each winter, the House Staff Association organizes a formal dinner and dance for residents, significant others and invited faculty faculty, either at the Harvard Club of Boston or the Trustee’s Ballroom at Boston University. All residents are covered from hospital responsibilities during this event.
The Spring Show
The BCRP house officers produce an annual show: a comedy “spoof” of the faculty and the vagaries of residency. The show is a long tradition and provides an opportunity for housestaff to showcase their remarkable singing, dancing, instrumental, organizational and comedic talents.
The House Staff Association organizes an auction every Spring in which residents, faculty and community businesses donate anything from cooking lessons, to a weekend at a summer home, Red Sox and Patriots tickets, or a new Vespa. All proceeds go to the House Staff Association to support residency-wide events throughout the year.
Theme Dinners and Beef Fest
Residency leaders host theme dinners that show off the diversity of backgrounds, geographic origins, and cultures of our residents. Some of the most recent events have included Turkish Night, Caribbean Night, Midwestern Night, and Middle Eastern Night. In addition, every year the male residents gather for a beef-eating and mustache growing competition. Vegetarian participants are also welcome!
Diversity Dinners at faculty homes or favorite Boston restaurants. These dinners offer opportunities for improved networking, community-building, and socializing. Faculty and residents interested in supporting underrepresented minorities in medicine from all backgrounds working at both institutions host and meet at monthly
Chief Family Dinners and Events
Each Chief organizes a quarterly (or more often) dinner or social event for the 25-30 residents in their Chief Family. These dinners and events are excellent opportunities to relax, unwind and enjoy each other’s company in a more intimate setting with residents from each class represented. Recent gatherings have included BBQs, cookie-decorating parties, and game nights.
The House Staff Association sponsors frequent evening get-togethers at restaurants and bars around Boston. In the past year, the House Staff Association has hosted a Match Day celebration along with many additional Happy Hours.
The residents arrange many other events together including Halloween parties, engagement parties, karaoke nights, ice cream parties, apple picking weekends, bowling parties, Red Sox games, dessert parties, and more. In recent years the residents have averaged one or more social events each week!
Many BCRP residents participate in organized sports. In the past, residents have organized BCRP softball, basketball, and soccer teams in leagues throughout Boston,and some are winning titles! One example is the Malpractice Dodgers, pictured at the right, a team of BCRP residents, alumni, and significant others that play in the Boston Children’s Hospital league in Hyde Park. Other residents take advantage of hiking and biking trails in Boston and the region or have memberships in local gyms such as the YMCA, Crossfit or Boston Sports Club. Harvard University and Harvard Medical School athletic facilities are available to residents for a small fee, and residents enjoy benefits of discounted memberships at many gym facilities across the city. Harvard Medical School has a gymnasium, squash courts, extensive exercise equipment and an outdoor tennis court.