Memorial University of Newfoundland – Pediatrics – St. John’s
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Dr. Lynette Bowes

Program Administrator

Blair Brush

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Memorial University of Newfoundland – Pediatrics – St. John’s

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Resident Experience

Claire Wallace
PGY-3
Early independence in managing patients on call.Early exposure and independence in NICU, PICU, and running pediatric codes.Graduated autonomy for senior residents, including a junior attending role for PGY4 residents.Supportive, approachable, and very knowledgeable staff.Emphasis on resident wellness. The program is very supportive of resident wellness initiatives.Excellent high fidelity simulation program.Finally, the program is very receptive to resident feedback and new ideas. There have been a number of changes to our program in the last few years, including this year, that were driven by resident feedback and thoroughly supported by the program director, administrators, and staff.
Working with a great group of co-residents who quickly become your close friends.Getting to learn about all different areas of pediatrics and expand on our skills, with the guidance of extremely supportive, approachable, and knowledgeable staff.
It’s the best. We have a super close knit resident group. We’re very supportive of each other when it comes to covering call shifts, or just helping out with the day to day workload. We also spend tons of time together outside of work.We also have a great relationship with our staff. It’s not uncommon to text a staff a funny meme, or ask them to dress up for a lip sync video. Last year, there was even an elaborate Instagram joke led by our staff, where they stole our Elf on the Shelf.
I think we all do lots of things outside of residency. I like to run, hike, cross country and downhill ski, and spend time at my cabin. I do some of these activities with my co-residents, and some with friends and family outside of medicine. As a resident group, we try to get together once a month or so for a hike or dinner. My resident cohort of PGY3s also get together as often as we can on top of that, to hang out, go out for dinner, etc. There are definitely times when the demands of residency encroach on my personal life and extracurriculars, but overall I lead a balanced life.
I have found our program to be extremely supportive of resident wellness. The staff support us by covering call for both our annual pediatrics resident retreat, and our annual resident wellness day. We also receive funding for wellness challenge prizes, a new initiative this year, and for ice cream rounds debrief sessions, which we do every 3-4 months, based on resident need. The program also organizes several social activities for staff and residents throughout the year. Recent activities include go-karting, paint night, a BBQ and scavenger hunt, pizza night, and a Halloween party.
I’m really looking forward to my PGY4 year where I will be able to tailor my rotations to meet my learning needs, solidify my pediatrics knowledge, and take on a more senior role, as a junior attending in transition to becoming a staff.
Early independence in managing patients on call.Early exposure and independence in NICU, PICU, and running pediatric codes.Graduated autonomy for senior residents, including a junior attending role for PGY4 residents.Supportive, approachable, and very knowledgeable staff.Emphasis on resident wellness. The program is very supportive of resident wellness initiatives.Excellent high fidelity simulation program.Finally, the program is very receptive to resident feedback and new ideas. There have been a number of changes to our program in the last few years, including this year, that were driven by resident feedback and thoroughly supported by the program director, administrators, and staff.

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