Pearls of Fellowship Orientation: A Perspective From Two Programs

July…the start of a new cycle. Thinking about it can bring up feelings of angst and trepidation for both PDs and incoming fellows, especially this year with fellows whose only experience with the program may have been on their virtual interview day. How can we best...

Supporting Trainees During COVID-19 Pandemic: A New York Perspective

Introduction I’ve equated working during the COVID-19 pandemic in NYC to a war. Bombs might not be dropping on us; but life as we know it has been transformed. And for most of our trainees, this is a first brush with living and working in a war-zone. Here I provide a...

A Program Director Job Description: Lessons from Little League

After coaching my sons in a little league baseball game, my 12-yr-old asked me, “Hey Dad do you coach at work too?” I responded quickly with “Yes, yes I absolutely do!” and cracked a smile. Right then, after some apparent reflection (possibly triggered by our team’s...

Best Practices for Semi-Annual Evaluation of Fellows

Craig A. Piquette, MD “Oh, how I hate evaluations with my boss!”   How many times have you said that? We often feel that those meetings are a waste of time and we never learn anything from them. Our fellows probably feel the same way but we have an opportunity to...