Every year we have a resident-faculty retreat that is held during our Essentials block in September. We alternate among three different retreat formats, so that each resident will experience all three formats during their residency training. In 2013 our format was Team Problem Solving. This format is a fun competition among three teams that are made up of each residency class with significant others and faculty added in to the teams. Most of the day is spent in a "Problem'Solving Round Robin". Teams are faced with a number of physical and/or mental challenges that let them pool their creativity and practice team leadership. As usual, a great time was had by all, with fun and learning nicely blended together.
Following the retreat, the residents organize their own get-together either at a restaurant or at one of the resident's homes.