In addition to the core training experiences offered by our program, there are unique training opportunities which are not only educational but incredibly special opportunities for the residents who participate.
This is a group of residents and faculty who work together to find ways to improve our residency training. Representatives from each class are nominated by their peers to sit on this committee that meets monthly. Each year the committee chooses 2-3 major topics to address that have been generated by concerns from residents and faculty. The committee members are always looking for ways to optimize educational opportunities and experiences for the residents.
AAP Washington Chapter Representation
The American Academy of Pediatrics is the main advocacy organization for pediatrician's in the county. Four representatives from every class (three from categorical and one from the Alaska Track) are chosen by their peers each year to participate in local, regional and national AAP advocacy work. Intern representatives are involved in organizing a resident advocacy campaign as selected by the Section on Medical Students, Residents, and Fellowship Trainees at this year's AAP National Conference. Throughout residency, representatives serve as an expert on Washington state legislative issues and lead efforts to promote the Washington Chapter's legislative priorities both in our residency program and in Olympia, WA.
Each class nominates 2-3 residents to serve on the RN/Resident Committee. This committee meets monthly with nurses from the inpatient medical and surgical unit to discuss RN/Resident work dynamics and strategies to improve communication and patient care. Some of the projects that have come out of this committee are a standardized text paging system and an RN/Resident Shadowing program. Meetings are open to all residents, but those who serve as committee representatives communicate with our nursing colleagues to brainstorm ways to continuously improve upon the vital working relationship residents have with our nursing colleagues.
Each August, the Stanley Stamm Summer Camp gives children with serious illnesses the chance to go fishing, ride horses and take part in other activities typical of summer camp at a week-long, sleepover camp near Mt. Rainier. Our camp, founded by recently retired cardiologist Dr. Stanley Stamm, includes medical support so that children who are unable to attend other camps can join in the fun. Residents are invited, and encouraged, to attend as camp counselors and volunteers.