Each year we go to the Rainbow Lodge Retreat Center in North Bend, Washington for two days. During that time, we focus on how we can adapt and tailor our residency program to continue to create exceptional physicians, fulfilled individuals and innovative leaders. We provide the residents with free time in the evening to bond with each other, and residents are given opportunities to explore the outdoors with a morning run or walk on local trails.
Each year we spend a full day focusing on teaching techniques and developing new skills at our spring retreat. This retreat is attended by all the rising second- and third-year residents as well as the core faculty. We discuss how we can incorporate teaching into our daily work and explore teaching frameworks and techniques. For example, during the 2016 spring retreat, we reviewed a technique called One Minute Preceptor that offers a time efficient, learner-focused method for incorporating education while rounding on patients.