Beyond training competent and well-rounded medical residents, it’s also important to us to build camaraderie and teamwork. The Scripps Mercy Internal Medicine Program and Transitional Year Residency Program offers social activities that enrich relationships with peers and faculty and develop mutual respect between residents and hospital administration/staff.
Each year, the chief medical residents arrange several parties for the house staff. In October, everyone is encouraged to dress up in their scariest, funniest or most creative costume for the annual Halloween party. This has been held in various locations, including house staff apartments as well as at local restaurants.
In December, we get together to celebrate the many winter holidays for the annual Holiday party. Similar to the Halloween party, location varies each year and has included country clubs as well as restaurants. We celebrate through the night with contests, dancing and karaoke!
Each year begins with the annual welcome barbecue where current residents meet and greet the incoming interns. It’s usually held at the Mission Bay Aquatic Center where we enjoy fun in the sun, great food, and each other’s company.
Throughout the year, we arrange various mixers for the house staff to let down their hair and socialize. Previous events have included happy hours, birthday parties and food tastings. These are great opportunities to unwind outside of the hospital while getting to know fellow interns and residents.
Every year ends with the annual barbecue celebration at noon followed by an evening graduation dinner and recognition of accomplishments by residents and faculty. It’s a great way to conclude the year.
Scripps Mercy hosts a hospital-wide talent show each year in May. All of the departments, including Medical Education, are invited to get together and display their various talents. As a tradition, the house staff has performed each year and done quite well—often winning first place!
San Diego offers an abundance of great restaurants, beaches, parks and nightlife.