Throughout the year, the Internal Medicine residents have plenty of opportunities to socialize. This time gives residents a chance to relax and also to build friendships that often last throughout their careers. Here is a sampling of events that happen during the year:
Intern Welcome Party
The intern welcome dinner is held in June and is a great opportunity to get to know program leadership and fellow interns.
Hosted by the Program Director, this event is a fun way to socialize with colleagues and kick off a new year.
Monthly Dinners with the Program Director
Each month the Program Director takes a small group of JARS out to dinner.
An opportunity for the family of residents to come meet the "Duke family" and see where residents invest so much of their time and energy. Activities will include Resident Research Day, a special Grand Rounds "State of the Program" presentation by program director Aimee Zaas, MD, tours, informational sessions, brunch and other social events.
The Stead Tread is a 5K run/walk organized by the Internal Medicine residents. The proceeds of the race benefit Lincoln Community Health Center, a clinic dedicated to meeting the health care needs of medically underserved patients in Durham. The race is named for Eugene Stead, MD, chair of the Department of Medicine from 1947-67 and namesake of the Stead Academic Societies. The Stead Tread, started in 2011, is the key community service project of the Kempner Society. Learn more about the Stead Academic Societies.
An event steeped in tradition, the Turkey Bowl is the residency program’s annual Thanksgiving football game where the Duke Marines square off against the VA Jets. The first game was played in 1974. After the game, the residents gather for a meal.
Community Involvement and Fundraisers
It is a priority for the program to come together to help with the needs of our community. Just a few examples would be Thanksgiving food drives for local schools and a volunteer program with Lincoln Community Health Center.
In December, the Department of Medicine hosts a holiday dinner for faculty, fellows, residents and staff. The evening includes dancing and a special presentation by the chief residents.
Internal Medicine Residents Charity Auction
Since 2000, the residents have held an annual auction that raises more than $10,000 each year for Senior PharmAssist, a Durham-based organization that provides financial and medication assistance to seniors with limited incomes, and the Duke Outpatient Clinic.
Faculty vs. Housestaff Basketball Game
Each spring the faculty and house staff compete in a friendly game of basketball in Duke’s legendary Cameron Indoor Stadium.
Each fall for new interns and spring for rising JARs and rising SARs, our residents come together off-site to reflect, set goals for the upcoming year, and grow closer as a class.
For many years the chief residents have celebrated the end of the year with their residents. This includes a meal outside, camping, and a lot of fun.
Senior Residents Graduation Dinner
Each year the program celebrates the senior residents' hard work and accomplishments by coming together for a special dinner. The residents are given the opportunity to laugh and thank each other during roasts of their colleagues.
Various Nights Out
Throughout the year we plan many opportunities for the residents to take a break from the hospital and enjoy time together. A few examples are a viewing party for the Duke vs. UNC basketball game, faculty vs. residents paintball tournament, the Residency Council Halloween party, and the Stead trivia night.
Class Hang Outs
Our residents enjoy each other; you will notice that there is always something going on!
Residents and faculty engage in friendly competition during the annual faculty v. house staff basketball game at Cameron Indoor Stadium.