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Life in Seattle as a Resident


Social Activities

Resident events are a great time to socialize, laugh and relaxResident events are a great time to socialize, laugh and relax

Each year there are many opportunities for social interactions between Seattle Children's Hospital residents, their families and the faculty. These events are all planned and organized by the chief residents.

Some of the most popular activities include the resident/faculty softball game, the Winter Party, Graduation Grand Rounds, an end-of-the-year banquet and Burgers on the Chiefs (BOTC), where residents and their families are invited to dinner with the chief residents at restaurants throughout Seattle.

Exercise Facilities

The Intramural Activities (IMA) facility at the University of Washington provides tennis courts, a large indoor swimming pool and extensive workout facilities. Residents can have access to the facilities at the IMA for a small quarterly fee.Residents also have the opportunity to receive a membership at the Magnusen Athletic Club, a great location near Seattle Children’s. In addition, there is a small amount of exercise equipment available for staff in the hospital.

Intern Support Group

support group

Each Thursday, first-year residents meet together for one hour of protected time with an experienced facilitator. The support group is a great opportunity to meet with fellow R1s and to share the ups and downs of resident life. R2s and R3s have monthly grief debriefs on Thursdays, and several senior support groups throughout the year as well.

Wellness Tuesdays

Once a month, in lieu of morning report, residents have an opportunity to spend 30 minutes in the morning participating in a wellness activity. These range from mindfulness exercises to reflective writing, and are led by residents and faculty.

Team Dinners

Residents have get-togethers with their inpatient and ICU teams after their rotation, as an opportunity for reflection and some out-of-the-hospital bonding!

Spouse/Family Support

family support

Residency can be a busy time for a resident and their family. The following support programs are available to residents and their families through Seattle Children's:

  • Daycare
  • Spouse support group
  • Free individual or couples counseling

Movie, Concert, Theater and Sporting Tickets

sporting event

Seattle Children provides each resident with free tickets to the movies and to theater, symphony and sporting events every year. In addition, Seattle Children's provides discounted tickets to Seattle Mariners, Seahawks and Sounders games to residents, faculty and employees.

In addition, through the University of Washington wellness center, discounted massages and other services/perks are available to residents.

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  • University of Washington Pediatric Residency Program 
    Seattle Children’s

    4800 Sand Point Way NE, OC.7.830 
    Seattle, WA 98105-0371 
    206-985-3157 (fax)

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