LIFE AT COLUMBIA
Pods are a unit of 3-4 residents that
rotate through various services together.
Podmates develop close personal and
professional relationships over the course
of intern year and throughout residency,
and serve as a support system for each
resident. Many residents cite the pod
system as one of their favorite aspects
of residency at Columbia.
WRITERS IN RESIDENCY
This resident-led forum teaches
residents to write for lay publications
and coaches them through the process
of publication. Marjorie Korn, a health
and lifestyle writer and editor who has
won awards in investigative journalism,
leads four seminar-style classes. The
sessions cover the basics of writing,
editing, and publication.
These peer-led monthly lunches provide
an opportunity for interns and residents to
reflect on shared experiences and discuss
themes of humanism in medicine. Intern
sessions are led by a PGY-2 resident, and
residents cover the pager of the ward
service intern during these conferences.
Resident sessions are facilitated by a
INTERN HAPPY HOUR/BRUNCHES
Happy hour occurs weekly on
Thursdays in various venues around
Manhattan and is organized by the
intern pod on the Geriatrics rotation.
It is also a standing tradition for
residents on night shift rotations to
go to brunch together at the end of
ONCOLOGY DEBRIEFING SESSIONS
Managing terminally ill patients on the
oncology service is a meaningful and
rewarding part of residency, but can
also be uniquely challenging. Monthly
debriefing sessions, led by an oncology
fellow, allow residents time to debrief
during their month on the oncology
service and discuss challenging patient
experiences they have had.
CALL ROOMS, COFFEE, MEALS & SNACKS
Columbia provides a number of call rooms,
locker rooms, and a 24 hour caeine
supply to help fuel residents during busy
shifts. Breakfast and lunch are provided
at conference Monday through Friday,
and residents have a cafeteria meal credit
that can be used at any time. We also
provide granola bars, fruit, and chips in
the resident room in the afternoon. Best of
all, Ice Cream or Hot Chocolate Tuesdays
(depending on the season) and Friday
Candy Rounds are not to be missed!
Developed and still run exclusively by Columbia residents, The Scope is a widely-distributed weekly research summary that distills the week’s most
important clinical research news into a fun, easy-to-read email.