Residents are active in a number of groups and committees that not only improve clinical care and multidisciplinary endeavors but also enrich their lives and the lives of others.
House Officer Quality and Safety Committee
The House Officer Quality & Safety Committee (HOQSC) is a multidisciplinary, resident-led committee focused on improving clinical care across the health system. The University of Michigan Health System has over 1,200 house officers working alongside faculty, nurses and students to provide patient care. Understanding that house officers deliver a large portion of the direct clinical care to our patients, this committee was developed by the Office of Clinical Affairs and endorsed by the Office of Graduate Medical Education to more fully leverage the unique front-line experiences of our residents. Participation in this committee engages our residents in patient safety and quality improvement efforts across University of Michigan Health System.
Michigan Pediatrics Advocacy Collaborative Team
Michigan Pediatrics Advocacy Collaborative Team, (MPACT), is a resident led initiative focused on addressing health disparities, lobbying for pediatric public policy issues, and advocating for children throughout the state of Michigan. The mission of MPACT is to educate pediatrics residents on the needs of our patient population, and be a voice for all of our “little victors” in the political arena, as well as promote local advocacy and volunteer opportunities. Children do not have the right to vote, so as pediatricians we have a duty to protect them, stand up for their medical and public health needs, and educate our legislators.
To learn more, head over to MPACT's webpage!
Residency Advisory Warriorz
The Residency Advisory Warriorz (RAWRZ) are an elected group of residents who make meaningful change within the program by developing solutions to feedback from our residents. RAWRZ is always available to bring concerns or questions to the program administration and is currently working on improving the goals of the 2nd year senioring experiences and inpatient call structure.
Pediatric Global Health Initiative
At the University of Michigan Pediatric Residency program, we believe that global health opportunities, both local and abroad, contribute to the development of socially-conscious, well-rounded resident pediatricians. Residents have multiple opportunities for exposure to global health. Residents can participate in an international elective or an elective with graduated Michigan Medicine residents working with under-served communities throughout Alaska. In addition, a hospital-wide initiative seeking to strengthen Michigan Medicines residency-wide global health program developed a specific Global Health and Disparities Curriculum with a monthly lecture series open to all residents. Finally, residents can elect to participate in the Global Health and Health Disparities Area of Concentration.
The social committee is dedicated to maintaining resident wellness and sense of community through social events. Throughout the year, different activities are planned and open to all residents. Previous events have included happy hours at local breweries, float days on the river, apple picking, trivia nights at local pubs, and autumn wine and cheese nights, to name a few.
The Resident Book Club offers the opportunity to meet up with other residents outside of work at local coffee shops, restaurants, and resident homes to discuss current best sellers. Recently discussed books have included “When Breath Becomes Air” by Paul Kalanithi, “Everything I Never Told You”, by Celeste Ng, and “”Where the Crawddads Sing” by Delia Owens.