Life as a Resident

Salary and Benefits

The VCUHS GME Website has detailed information about current housestaff salary and benefits. The website also provides links to view information on various policies and overall information about VCUHS and the city of Richmond.

Annual Social Events

  • Intern Welcome Barbeque: Every June, Dr. Call hosts traditional southern barbeque to welcome incoming interns and their families during orientation. This casual event is held in her backyard and is known having delicious food, fun games, and warm company. All DOIM core faculty are invited and look forward to getting to know and welcoming the newest housestaff in a relaxed, and fun environment!
  • Fall Chili Cook Off: Residents and faculty members bring the heat and the hops at this annual culinary competition! This event is held in the fall at Dr. Call’s house and entertainment has been known to include a bouncey-castle or giant slide, which appeal to the children in everyone. Prizes are awarded for winners in each category- chili, dessert, and beer brewing- but everyone knows the select few chosen for the coveted position of “judge” are the real winners each year!
  • Intern Retreat: Interns are provided a full day of coverage from clinical duties every winter to enjoy time spent reflecting on the year and experiences with one another and their core advisors. The day provides the unique opportunity for all interns to have the same day off from work and often culminates with the entire intern class gathering for a social activity of their choice!
  • Winter Party: Department of Internal Medicine housestaff and faculty every year eagerly exchange scrubs for cocktail attire during a fancy night out on the town- the annual DOIM Winter Party. This event is a highlight for all residents who can’t wait to mark the date on the calendar, whether it is a call day or not! After the formal festivities come to an end, many often dance the night away in downtown Richmond.
  • Graduation: We honor graduating Categorical, Med-Peds, and EM-IM residents each June with a dinner and ceremony. All core faculty and OEA staff are invited, and each graduating resident is presented with a certificate of completion. Residents look forward to this night not only for a speech given by one of their own and a slideshow of memories made by the chief residents, but for the chance to celebrate this momentous milestone.

Resident Wellness

The Wellness Committee
The Wellness Committee is a committee developed by residents with the support of chief residents and program directors. It is comprised of housestaff from all post-graduate years as well as two to three faculty mentors. The committee has both educational and social activities promoting physician wellbeing. Each year, there is both an educational and a social event in each of the main themes of spiritual, physical, nutritional, and emotional wellbeing. Previous events include hiking the local Buttermilk Trail under the guidance of the DOIM Chair, Dr. John Nestler and his wife, a healthy potluck lunches and recipe exchange, and a talk on forgiveness by world renowned VCU Professor of Psychology, Everett Worthington.

Resilience Training
All interns engage in a year-long resilience curriculum comprised of monthly small and large group “diastole” sessions to learn micro-skills for developing resiliency and complete corresponding blog assignments. Additionally, categorical and combined program interns participate in a four week-long reflection curriculum which is embedded into their Ambulatory rotation. During weekly sessions, interns practice various modes of purposeful reflection and create a digital story. Senior residents participate in monthly Balint groups, which are led by Balint-trained faculty members and foster building the doctor-patient relationship.