Wellness and Support
The Interventional Radiology Residency Program has a multi-layered approach to monitoring resident stress and providing counseling and support services to residents. The program director meets the residents quarterly for overall evaluation of the program, performance, issues, and improvement. The Program Director maintain an “open door” policy, encouraging residents to share personal or programmatic concerns. Most stressful situations in which the Program Director have had to intervene in have been personal rather than programmatic. Full psychological and psychiatric counseling is available to all residents and is covered under the resident’s health benefits.
There are also institutional supports for the residents such as The House Staff Council whose mission is to improve patient care and graduate medical education by facilitating communication between the residents, the university, the hospitals, and our community. The council is made up of four officers and representatives from each department. The council interacts with the faculty through the Working Environment Subcommittee of the Graduate Medical Education Committee with many important issues being handled here including those involving on-call meals, call room and workspace requirements, and resident safety in and around our facilities.
Residents have both formal and informal opportunities for developing esprit during their residency training. Our residency program prides itself on the collegial and family feel of our program. In June, residents at all levels participate in the annual PGY 6 graduation and end of year celebration.
We are a family of friends, colleagues, peers, learners, teachers, and physicians. As a family we navigate an often-complex system to ensure our patients receive the best care possible. As we work hard together in the clinical world, we also support spending time as a family rejuvenating ourselves through self-care and social activities at work and outside of the hospital walls. Below are just a few social activities we host each year, but this is certainly not an all-inclusive list!
Welcome Event and End of Year Celebration
Our welcome event is for our new residents and fellows and is hosted by the IR program director, Dr. Kroma. The End of Year celebration takes place at one of our IR faculty members house to celebrate the graduating fellows.
Resident Appreciation Events
Throughout the year the department shows their appreciation by celebrating birthdays, holidays, and resident milestones.
Scholarship – SIR, RSNA, TRS, SIO
“The department supports the participation in all major national Interventional Radiology conferences with representatives from our program acting as leaders for SIR, RSNA, TRS, and SIO.”
Our holiday gatherings bring DR & IR faculty, trainees, staff, and their families together to celebrate holidays throughout the year.
Residents plan weekly or monthly social events such as happy hours, dinners/BBQs, game nights, birthday parties, and Top Golf.