During the fall, first-year pediatric residents spend time away from the hospital and their clinical responsibilities at a two-day intern retreat. This informal event is held at Pere Marquette State Park on the Mississippi River in Illinois.
The retreat is an opportunity for PL-1s to relax and get to know each other better. An independent facilitator leads the residents through interactive workshops with a focus on interpersonal skills vital to a successful career in medicine. Discussion groups explore such issues as personal work styles, conflict resolution, experiencing critical events and stress management. The retreat is fashioned to aid the resident in assessing personal and professional goals and to provide a supportive environment for discussion and exploration of these goals.
The main objectives of the intern retreat are fostering support and camaraderie among peers; enhancing interpersonal communication and stress management skills; and developing an appreciation of and respect for diversity among colleagues.
Free time is built into the schedule for swimming, hiking and exploring the park. Large limestone bluffs overlooking the mighty Mississippi are superb locations for eagle watching or simply enjoying the fall colors.
Senior Resident Retreat
During the spring, second- and third-year pediatric residents are invited to attend a 2-day Senior Resident Retreat. The retreat is held at the Innsbrook Resort, located 1 hour west of St. Louis. We hold two separate 2-day retreats (each with a mix of PL2s and PL3s), so that each senior resident is able to attend. This retreat offers the opportunity for the senior residents to relax with one another away from the hospital and to enjoy the friendships that have been formed since the beginning of intern year.
The Innsbrook Resort, with its 137-acre Lake Aspen, provides a beautiful backdrop for this relaxation and recreation. Lodging is provided in lakeside condominiums and several catered meals are offered in the resort’s Aspen Center. In addition, there are many recreational activities available at the resort, including but not limited to: sand volleyball, tennis, basketball, boating, swimming, biking, hiking, and horseback riding.