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Retreats

residents at retreat

Intern Year

Each year in September, the interns are given a weekend free from all clinical responsibilities and retreat to Nebraska City for the annual Apple Jack Festival. Friday night is spent with a relaxing dinner, followed by team building activities and the annual talent show. Past talents have included cooking, knitting, Chinese writing, Guitar Hero, and a fashion show. Saturday morning is also spent doing team building activities after which families and spouses are invited to join the interns for lunch and an afternoon of their choosing. Everyone returns to the lodge for a picnic Saturday evening after which they are on their own for the rest of the weekend.

Several years ago, recognizing the winter slump, the chief residents started the tradition of giving interns an afternoon off in late February or early March for some fun and relaxation. Past activities have included an afternoon of board games, bowling, and laser tag.

2nd Year

The 2nd year retreat is used for professional development and preparation. It takes place the weekend of the AAP Regional Meeting, that takes place in the Fall at Mahoney State Park. The residents hear from a number of professionals on issues of malpractice, contracts, investments, etc. That evening, spouses and families join the residents for a nice dinner and the following day the residents take part in the Regional AAP Meeting.

3rd Year

The 3rd year retreat is solely for fun and one last chance to bond as a class. They are given a weekend free of clinical responsibilities.