A couple weeks ago I mentioned  our pediatric residency received accreditation from the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education--otherwise known as the ACGME. This past Thursday, November 17, we held our first interview session for applicants to our program.
Interviewing REAL people makes the residency seem much more REAL than before.
While excitement is one of the words that still describes how I feel about the program starting, there are many other emotions twirling around in my mind and heart.
Having a residency program is a big responsibility. Not only from the standpoint of all the rules and regulations we have to meet, but also on a more personal level. It represents as commitment of individual to another. We (the department of Pediatrics, the Carilion Clinic Children's Hospital, and the VTC school of medicine) have promised to provide the best possible training for the young men and women who will choose to do their training with us. We must not fail them.
The residents will come to us specific hopes and aspirations for their future careers. It is our job to help them reach those goals.
Its kind of like we are signing up to adopt 6 children. Now, don't get me wrong, I am not thinking the residents will be children. But to some extent I do feel that as the Chair of Pediatrics I am the ultimate parent.
I have responsibility to these residents to meet their expectations as well as ours.
- To be there at every step of the way.
- To ensure that education is the primary focus of the program, and that service needs never outweigh educational objectives.
- To be certain that they learn not only the what but the why and the how.
- To be a positive role model.
- To help the faculty be excellent teachers.
- To prepare them to succeed in a healthcare environment that is rapidly changing.
The good new is that I have plenty of help. Drs Kraft and Kess, as the Program Director (PD) and associate PD will be formulating the recipe for success, and keeping us all on task. The rest of the faculty will actually be doing most of the education, training, and role modeling of patient care. Carilion Clinic will provide the environment in which this will occur, and the school of medicine the canvas for creative learning, research training and excellence.
So, what is there to worry about? Nothing? Everything?
It is an exciting time, but a time to recognize the importance and seriousness of the commitment we have made.