January 22-26, 2018 marks the first ever Resident Appreciation Week acknowledging the contribution residents and fellows provide to the patients, colleagues and hospitals they serve. The week was sponsored by the Housestaff Association of the University of Colorado Hospitals, the Gold Humanism Honor Society, and the CU Medical Alumni Association. Events throughout the week include Resident Appreciation Breakfasts at the four major hospitals, free gifts, roaming coffee carts and gift baskets with snacks and gifts delivered to resident areas throughout the hospitals. Thank you to all housestaff for your efforts caring for patients and each other.
The annual Housestaff Association Survey will be released this spring. Resident feedback regarding the educational experience and work environment will be sought, allowing the Association to represent you and advocate for improvements. Resident participation is critical and valued.
The 2017-2018 Housestaff Association Executive Committee convened in August and meets monthly throughout the year. Elected resident and fellow representatives serve as liaisons between the training programs and the Executive Committee. Representatives are appointed to Graduate Medical Education, School of Medicine, University of Colorado Hospital and Anschutz Campus committees to represent resident views. Contact the designated representative(s) or the HSA Office with concerns. Work environment or training issues at any of the practice sites should be discussed with your program or you may contact the Housestaff Association office directly.
Watch for Housestaff Association Newsletters to keep abreast of issues at all sites during the year. The HSA officers participate in meetings with GME, School of Medicine leaders and leadership of the affiliated hospital sites throughout the year. We welcome your feedback.
Office of Professionalism
Residents can utilize the Office of Professionalism to confidentially report other residents or faculty, both professional lapses and good professional practices.
The Executive Committee is your voice to address resident issues regarding education, patient care, and work environments at all sites where you work. Department representatives should keep you informed of current issues. Let your representatives know if you have any concerns. You may also contact the Housestaff Association office via Sally.Robben@ucdenver.edu or call 303-724-3039 if you have an agenda item you would like discussed.
The power of the Association is in membership numbers. Your membership support and involvement is critical to our ability to successfully represent you. Our collective housestaff voice provides credibility to address issues.