By Samantha Boyd, TeamHealth Residency Relations Specialist
Our fall Resident Leadership Retreat (RLR) is in full swing, and we couldn’t be more excited! If you haven’t heard of TeamHealth’s RLR, then you have come to the right blog. TeamHealth’s Residency Relations team hosts three to four RLRs a year. The retreats are held near the beautiful Smoky Mountains in Tennessee, at the fantastic RT Lodge in Maryville.
The RLR was established in August of 2015; the Residency Relations Department wanted a better way to connect with third- and fourth-year residents who aspire to be leaders. The TeamHealth Residency Team were also looking for a way to give back to residents, and RLRs offer a fun yet productive opportunity for residents to get away from their hectic day-to-day schedules. The RLRs allow residents to connect with clinicians in their specialty to learn more about physician and business leadership. These retreats are truly a unique training opportunity, with no costs for residents, with the small exception of travel expenses for guest/spouses.
The RLRs are hosted for emergency medicine, family medicine and internal medicine residents from across the county. The emergency medicine retreats are hosted three times a year; family and internal medicine have one retreat a year, hosted together.
The RLR is two and a half days of interactive educational sessions featuring superb speakers who focus on the business side of medicine. Of course, the evenings are filled with fun group activities. The retreat begins with a welcome reception on Monday evening and concludes with an early breakfast on Thursday morning. Classroom discussions are a crucial component of the RLRs. Typical classroom discussion includes topics like: Calculated Imbalance, Negotiations, DISC Profiling, Flow Exercise, Contracts, The First 90 Days, Managing Your Finances and more.
Obviously, we don’t want to leave the fun out of these RLRs! During each RLR, we take all the residents and guest on an excursion. This fall, we’re hosting “Fun on the Farm,” at The Lily Barn, a 15-acre perennial garden nestled in the Smokies specializing in native plants in bloom and lilies. Attendees can enjoy a river tubing ride, laser tag, feeding farm animals or just soaking up sunshine as they roam around the property and take in the beautiful scenery.