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 23 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 pediatricians 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.
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 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.