6. WORKING ENVIRONMENT
We adhere to the principle that a surgical resident
must be treated with dignity and respect. It is our belief that
learning, even under great stress, is accomplished best when
there is an atmosphere of collegiality and benevolence. We also believe that time away from the
hospital is therapeutic and in the resident's best interest,
both professionally and personally. The "Ocean State" is in a wonderful
cultural and geographic region in that regard. The call schedule
for the pediatric surgical resident is labor-intensive, but not
overwhelming. The Pediatric Surgical Resident is on second call
every third night with an intern, rotating with PGY 4 residents and midlevel practitioners.
He/she is not required to directly supervise the senior general
surgery resident on call. However, the pediatric surgery resident
is expected to be available for index/neonatal cases and critical
care continuity for surgery in the PICU when not on vacation
(provided 28 days/year). During the one-month rotation in pediatric
urology, the one-month rotation in Neonatology and the one-month
rotation in the pediatric intensive care unit during the first
year, the pediatric surgical resident is on call for general
pediatric surgical evaluations after 6:00 PM. It is not mandatory
that the pediatric surgical resident remain within the hospital
when on-call, but it is stressed that the pediatric surgical
resident must be within a ten-mile radius at all times. When
the pediatric surgical resident is on vacation or when it is
necessary for him/her to be out of town on other occasions, appropriate
arrangements are made with the general surgical senior resident
for coverage. The
pediatric surgical resident spends 60 to 70 hours per week at
the hospital, depending on the circumstances for a given week.
The resident living quarters and dining facilities are all superlative
at the Hasbro Children's Hospital.
The moment the pediatric surgical resident begins training at
Brown, the faculty becomes available for any type of professional,
personal or emotional support needed at any time during the Residency.
Professional psychiatric and social work help is available when
it is perceived or indicated by the residents of faculty. Confidentiality
is strictly maintained. Our investment in the resident is both
professional and personal.