Despite the demands of residency, our residents in the Department of Anesthesia and Perioperative Medicine at Western also enjoy a variety of departmental social events. Most events are attended by both trainees and staff. We have a Social Committee dedicated to planning events throughout the year.
The Welcome BBQ is the highlight summer activity and a great start to each new academic year. It is traditionally hosted at the home of one of our consultants and all of the residents and staff are invited. This is an opportunity for the first year residents to meet the colleagues and consultants they will be working with for the next 5 years. It is also a chance to enjoy delicious food and hang out in normal clothes.
What could be better than a little friendly competition outside the OR? Golfers of all skills levels are welcome to participate. Teams of staff and residents spend the day on one of London’s many wonderful courses to compete for bragging rights. Come one come all!
It is often difficult to recognize everyone in their splendor at this glamorous event. Consultants, trainees, and departmental staff all ditch their scrubs and masks to clean up in style. Always held on the last Friday of November, it is a must-go event for a night of amazing food, music, dancing, and holiday cheer.
This event is a farewell to the graduating residents and marks the end of the academic year. It begins with a reception before dinner to catch up, especially with the PGY5s who have spent most of the year buried in books. Dinner is a magnificent buffet, during which teaching awards for the year are presented. The graduating residents are then individually recognized for their hard work over their residency with many well wishes for future success.
The Social Committee also organizes many more minor activities throughout the year, including events such as Games Nights, Karaoke, Laser Tag, and more! We are also in charge of organizing the newest event, the Annual Resident Retreat occurring in the late winter.
Residents are in small groups assigned to a Social Mentor during their residency. These groups plan activities for themselves throughout the year. We are overall a pretty social bunch of people so plenty of other gatherings also occur that involve residents, fellows, and staff. Residency can sometimes be a stressful, time-demanding experience, and we recognize the importance of getting to know your colleagues outside of the OR. Work Hard, Play Hard!