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Resident Life

Residency can be an intense and challenging experience, but is also likely to be one of the most rewarding periods of your life. The MGH residency program is deeply invested in it its residents and strives to ensure that residents have time for meaningful growth in both their professional and personal lives.

Boston

Boston is a wonderful city to train in and is a perfect starting point to explore New England. Few cities can rival Boston for its cultural offerings, rich history, thriving intellectual life, and wide range of recreational activities. Our own neighborhood, Beacon Hill, is one of the oldest and most charming sections of the city with 19th century brick row houses, and tree-lined streets. This family-friendly neighborhood is known for its antique shops, specialty stores, fine restaurants and bars. For the outdoor enthusiast, the Charles River is only steps away and MGH residents have subsidized access to sailing and kayaking all season long. Miles of well-maintained running paths follow the banks of the river out toward the western suburbs and are ideal for a scenic afternoon jog or bike ride. In addition, some of the best beaches and mountains on the east coast are only a short drive away.

Activities

Boston is a wonderful city to train in and is a perfect starting point to explore New England. Few cities can rival Boston for its cultural offerings, rich history, thriving intellectual life, and wide range of recreational activities. Our own neighborhood, Beacon Hill, is one of the oldest and most charming sections of the city with 19th century brick row houses, and tree-lined streets. This family-friendly neighborhood is known for its antique shops, specialty stores, fine restaurants and bars. For the outdoor enthusiast, the Charles River is only steps away and MGH residents have subsidized access to sailing and kayaking all season long. Miles of well-maintained running paths follow the banks of the river out toward the western suburbs and are ideal for a scenic afternoon jog or bike ride. In addition, some of the best beaches and mountains on the east coast are only a short drive away.

Many of the cultural and social activities at MGH are sponsored by the resident-run Humanities and Medicine Group. Recent events and meetings have included guided tours of local museums, Shakespeare in the Park, and a book club. The biannual Coffee Houses are always among the most popular and well-attended events in the yearly schedule. On these occasions, residents and faculty perform music, sing, read poetry, and exhibit photography and sculpture. Other resident groups have formed in recent years to bring together those with similar interests such as running events, and we always welcome new groups and ideas.

Community Outreach Program (COP)

The Community Outreach Program (COP) is a volunteer effort founded and coordinated by housestaff interested in providing needed service within the community, enhancing collegiality and relationships among housestaff, and building relationships with local communities, shelters, and charitable organizations. Participating residents organize service projects throughout the year. Residents prepare and serve meals at local homeless shelters, participate in fundraisers for charitable organizations, and organize housestaff participation in races and contests that support charitable causes.

Social Life

Residents genuinely enjoy the time they spend together and frequently come together in less formal settings as well. Often residents meet to head to different local eateries as part of the anachronistically named Fat Man’s Club though people of all genders and BMI are encouraged to attend. Each Friday, after teams complete rounds in the evening, residents meet up at a local watering hole for weekly Liver Rounds.

Personal and Family Time

For residency to be truly meaningful, it is important to have time for family and friends, to pursue different interests, or simply time for reflection. While a resident schedule can be challenging, we recognize that each of you have lives outside of the hospital. We cherish your personal time and want your experience as a resident to be as fulfilling as it can be.

Vacation and Holiday Blocks

In addition to four weeks of vacation time each year for all residents, each junior and senior resident also gets a five-day holiday block off (i.e., Thanksgiving, Christmas, New Years, or the Jewish High Holidays).

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