The first day of training in this residency program does not take us to the wards...but to the woods. Each year, the residents participate in the Asbury College Challenge course, affectionately known to the many past participants as "Ropes". The group of PGY1 and PGY2 residents, along with two challenge course guides (no faculty), venture into the woods for a day of fun and excitement. The morning consists of many challenges that the group must solve by working together, while staying near the ground. In the afternoon, we turn to the "high ropes course" consisting of wood, cable, and rope, located in the trees between 40 and 50 feet from ground level. "Ropes" is a thrilling team building activity that enables theresidents to get to know one another, and to quickly form a cohesive, closely-knit unit that lasts beyond the residency. Afterwards, residents are invited to a preceptor's home to relax and enjoy a home-cooked meal.
September/October: Pig Roast
The Annual Pig Roast is a chance to get together with residents and faculty from the years past. A pig ispurchased, and it is the responsibility of the residents to cook and prepare. Current and past residents, faculty, friends of the residency program, and their guests are invited to attend. This activity usuallyinvolves an entire day of celebration and fellowship. It is a bonding experience that pays its rewards later that day with a wonderful feast. All past residents receive notice of the time and place of the Pig Roast, and there is usually a great turnout.
Get ready to party as the residents and faculty come together once again. After dinner, the real fun begins as "lampoon material" collected throughout the year comes to a head through a video parody of the prior year's antics.
The PGY1 residents lampoon the PGY2 residents; the PGY2 residents then get their revenge by returning the favor. The resident classes then combine and lampoon the faculty. The activities of this evening are all in good fun, and are capped off by the traditional ritual of 'administering the suppositories".
June: Residency Graduation Ceremony
The Residency Banquet is held at the conclusion of each year at beautiful Spindletop Hall. ResidencyCertificates are distributed on this night, along with other residency awards, including the Preceptor of the Year Award, the Extra Mile Award, the Impact Award, and the Outstanding Pharmacy Resident Award. Theannual Resident Slideshow completes this emotional evening, recounting the events of the past year in a creative, memorable fashion. The Residency Banquet is one last opportunity for all of the residents to get together and celebrate the completion of a long year of fun, hard-work, learning, little sleep, and lots of memories.