The Personal Touch
The BCRP is a family made up of over 140 residents, program directors and administrative staff. Many residents have recently moved to Boston. Some come with partners and young children and all are working hard to balance their busy professional and personal lives. We value providing a strong support network for our residents, and we strive to give the BCRP community as many opportunities as possible to spend time together outside the hospital.
New interns participate in a unique 12-day Orientation before their first day of work. This time is used for interns to get to know each other, to explore Boston, to learn their way around the hospitals, and to take care of logistics so that they can hit the ground running.
During Orientation, incoming interns participate in structured modules that highlight a variety of important areas such as communication, professionalism, humanism, individualized learning plans and procedural competency; complete certification courses in PALS and NRP; get oriented to the wards and emergency departments in which they will soon be working; and perhaps most importantly, enjoy a variety of social activities, including:
- Team-based scavenger hunt
- Traditional New England clambake
- Barbecue at the Larz Anderson Park in Brookline
- Tours of Boston on the famous Duck Boats
- Chief Family Dinners
- Happy Hours
- And more…
Pictures of the residents during orientation.
Advisors and Mentorship
The BCRP strives to provide the best possible educational experience for each and every resident, to foster personal and professional growth, and to encourage the pursuit of individual passions. Our program prides itself on carefully guiding residents along their chosen career path in order to help them become leaders in clinical care, research, medical education, quality improvement, advocacy, or other areas of their choosing. We take a two-pronged approach, with advising being provided primarily through the five "Chief Families," and mentorship being accomplished primarily through the four Academies discussed elsewhere.
Each of the Chief Families has between 25-30 residents and is led by a Chief Resident and one or two faculty advisors. Several times a year, residents meet individually with their Chief Family leadership to confidentially discuss their rotation feedback and assessments, progress towards individual personal and professional goals, and any issues they may encounter. The advisors may also provide guidance on career choices and advocate on behalf of the resident when necessary.
While mentorship overlaps significantly with advising, the primary focus of mentorship through the Academies is professional development and career planning. Indeed, it is a cornerstone of the Academies. The Faculty Advisors, affiliated faculty members, and Chief Residents in charge of each Academy create numerous opportunities for residents to identify mentors through networking events, career nights, and research-in-progress events, among others. Residents are encouraged to identify mentors that share their interests, or the Academy leadership may assign a mentor at the resident's request.
The Housestaff Lounge is a newly-renovated, casual space dedicated to the residents. It contains workspaces with computers, printer, and a combination fax/scanner; a Keurig coffee machine with free coffee and tea; a full-size refrigerator and microwave; and a 50-inch HD television with surround sound, DVD player, Xbox and Nintendo Wii. Residents use this room to relax, to gather for informal meetings, and for various lunchtime conferences.