Historically, medical schools and residencies have not given residents adequate skills and teaching in order to become great managers and leaders. At Boston Medical Center, junior and senior residents participate in a monthly leadership seminar to help develop qualities inherent in strong, effective leaders: self-reflection/self-awareness, conflict resolution-feedback and vision. It is designed to be case-based, interactive, and relevant to the needs of the pediatric residents.
A longitudinal leadership curriculum is also being developed to formally train residents to be leaders in the field of pediatrics, both clinically and in career-specific interests. Residents will learn about leadership theories, explore concepts in social and emotional intelligence, and acquire skills in negotiation and managing teams.
Semi-annual, day-long, house staff retreats allow residents to reflect on their clinical experiences and on the training program. Topics have ranged from how to start a leadership curriculum to how to start a formal resident wellness program. Many important and substantive changes have resulted from these retreats. Interns also attend a protected 2-day retreat in the fall of their intern year to allow for class bonding time. There are also rising junior and rising senior full day retreats in the springtime that cover topics for the upcoming year.