It’s been an exciting summer for us. We have had a couple of weddings, a couple of fun events, some great outings and best of all, this first 3rd year rotation has allowed us to have ample quality time together. This year was our first year attending the residency graduation dinner. It was at a beautiful venue on a boat that sits anchored on the east river. Mr. Dr. was working but they send someone in (usually a fellow) to relieve those that are on call for the evening for a few hours because they want the entire program (years 2-5) to be there. It was a tad bit stressful since he had to rush to and from the hospital, to and from home, and to and from the event. They really don’t make it easy for these slave laborers. Amidst the rushing we only managed to lose one cufflink. Perhaps it was the bow tie youtube how-to-tie video that he was watching en route to the venue that distracted him. Luckily, thanks to him being on call, our dine and dash sentiment didn’t leave much time for anyone to notice that one tux shirt cuff was being held together by a paper clip that we graciously received from the hostess upon arrival.
Attendings, residents and their closest family attend this black tie affair. I didn’t know what to expect but one immediate feeling I had was that I was glad they included the significant others on the invite. Although it’s an event honoring the 5th years that are graduating, it really is a milestone event for all of the residents. It’s always in June which means graduation for the 5th years, but another year done for the others. Besides the extra fluff that they throw in to make it cheesy and ceremonial, the room is filled with hope for all of the junior residents. Knowing it will be each of them in a year, 2 years or 3 years from that moment warms everyone with a good feeling for those few hours. And not to mention, gives the significant others a moment to sit back and remember that one day it will hopefully all be worth it. The sense of accomplishment that you could hear as each 5th year resident stood up to say their thanks and show their pride was endearing, motivating and rightfully so, emotional. I am looking forward to inching one step closer to that being us with each upcoming year. After a nice sit down dinner, they have the presentation of diplomas, slideshows (its ortho so they keep it light and entertaining), speeches and awards. It’s just long enough to fit everything in and short enough that your eyelids don’t get too heavy while sitting there.
Here we are in our lobby as we were rushing back upstairs so he could change back into his doctor clothes and be swept away to overnight call. I had realized I didn’t snap any photos and it’s certainly not often we get dressed up like his and her penguins.