WashU’s Gratitude Project Features Internal Medicine Residency Program

The Internal Medicine Residency Program was featured in a recent episode of the Gratitude Project, a program focused on highlighting stories of how WashU faculty, staff and students are rising up for the greater good.

The episode details how the internal medicine chief residents with residency program leadership worked together to build camaraderie among the interns during the pandemic. They developed a variety of activities to help interns connect including: pumpkin carving in the park, a pet costume contest, holiday cookie decorating, ice skating, virtual yoga, the Hidden Valley polar plunge, virtual cocktail making session, art therapy, and virtual horticulture therapy. “As interns from all across the nation joined the residency program in the midst of a pandemic,” reflects Rakhee Bhayani, MD, associate professor of medicine and associate program director, “the chief residents sought innovative opportunities for our interns to connect in safe and fun ways. Their efforts truly created a sense of community during these very difficult times.” 

The Gratitude Project was developed by the Innovation subcommittee of the Chancellor’s Fall Contingency Planning Committee and features stories shared in a video series hosted by Tim Bono, assistant dean for assessment in Student Affairs and lecturer in Psychological & Brain Sciences. Learn more about the Gratitude Project and how you can submit stories, pictures, and/or videos of individuals whose work is enhancing the WashU community during these trying times here.

View Episode 5 featuring the Internal Medicine Residency Program below.