Program Social Events

In addition to specific Med/Peds events, the residents are active in the social cultures of both departments. What follows is a partial list of typical annual events.


  • Switch Night - A senior-led and organized event before the first big switch between the categorical parent programs, designed to reduce intern anxiety.
  • Meet and Greet Party - During orientation week, all the Med/Peds residents come together to meet the new interns and introduce them to the program and to San Diego.

  • Annual Med/Peds Business Retreat - A local retreat to socialize, address program issues, and brainstorm ideas for program improvement.

Internal Medicine

  • Welcome Party for all new house staff, attended by key faculty and continuing medicine house staff.
  • Holiday Party-a formal evening hosted for house staff, faculty, spouses, and significant others.

  • Annual Program Retreat
  • Graduation Gala to celebrate the completion of residency


  • Intern Retreat – A fall weekend set aside for the interns to get to know one another better. The intern class decides on a location and is provided with funding from the pediatrics department; past locations have included Idyllwild, Big Bear, and the beach!
  • Chief Resident and Intern Brunch - A mid-fall meeting in which the Chief Residents prepare the interns for the upcoming busy winter season.
  • Resident Holiday Party – Hosted by the rising chiefs and featuring a “White Elephant” gift exchange.
  • Local Senior Retreat – A day of fun, set aside for the graduating seniors to spend time with one another a few weeks before graduation.
  • Graduation celebration and award ceremony.