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R1 Retreat: Intern Week Retreat

Intern Retreats

At the Intern Week Retreat, residents enjoy a week-long opportunity to become better acquainted with each other.

Three months into their residency, interns participate in a week-long retreat. In a relaxed setting away from the hospital, it’s an opportunity for the residents to become better acquainted with one another and explore relevant issues and key relationships. Community physicians and hospital faculty and fellows pitch in to cover the interns’ day and night shift responsibilities.

Faculty, nurses, parents and other professionals participate in this week of education and interactive sessions, such as Residents as Teachers and Care of a Dying Child. In addition to the camaraderie this retreat fosters, it serves as rich platform for their professional development and consistently proves to be an incredibly fun, meaningful experience.

R2 Retreat: Beginning Your Career

Second-year residents participate in a one-day retreat held at an offsite location focused on developing career goals and hearing about unique career paths. Information is provided on how to apply for subspecialty and general academic fellowships, as well as how to begin searching for a primary-care position.

R3 Retreat: Planning Your Future

Third-year residents participate in a one-day retreat to address important topics such as negotiating and signing an employment contract and how to benefit most from an academic fellowship.

This offsite retreat also focuses on multiple post-residency issues and includes information on financial planning and debt management.


Because the field of pediatric medicine is far-reaching, we believe it is important to provide our residents with ample opportunity for career exploration through elective time.

We are one of the few programs in the country able to offer five electives in the first two years of training. This enables our residents to make informed decisions about career choice prior to fellowship application deadlines.

Our residents typically have two months of elective as R1s, three months of elective as R2s and four months of elective as R3s. Some residents use this time to investigate areas of clinical subspecialty. Others choose to focus intensively on specific research or an advocacy project.

There are a wide variety of electives to meet residency training requirements, including Allergy/Immunology, Anesthesia, Cardiology, Child Psychiatry, Craniofacial Medicine, Dermatology, Endocrinology, Gastroenterology, Genetics, Hematology/Oncology, Infectious Disease, Nephrology, Neurology, Otolaryngology, Pulmonology, Radiology, Rheumatology, Sports Medicine/Orthopedics, Subspecialty Clinics and Surgery.

We also offer special electives which help residents tailor their training to their career goals, including Advocacy, Associate Chief Resident, Bioethics, Cardiac ICU, Complementary and Alternative Medicine, Continuous Process Improvement (CPI), Pain Medicine, Pathology and Wilderness Medicine.

Research electives are a way to continue research begun as a medical student or graduate student or to experience research and possibly identify research paths for future fellowship training. Many residents choose to continue their work after their month-long elective is complete, frequently leading to additional research or projects with their faculty advisor. Residents who choose to do research often present their findings at national conferences.

For more about research at Children’s and the University of Washington, visit the following websites:

Away electives can be done during call-free electives. Recent residents have used this time to do international rotations in Botswana, Malawi, Kenya, Liberia, and Ecuador. Other residents have worked in Indian Health Service sites in Chinle, Arizona, and rural Alaska.

Stamm Camp

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.

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