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Pathology Resident Life Details

Social Activities

residents at outdoor gathering

residents in front of duck boat

The department supports numerous social activities (currently either virtual or outdoors) for trainees. Recent outings include a picnic at Castle Island and a tour of Boston and the Charles River in an amphibious vehicle. Virtual bonding experiences have ranged from trivia nights to online escape rooms and even a cheese-tasting class. We look forward to one day getting back to prior departmental traditions including monthly TGIFs, small-group dinners with the Chair and Program Director and summer hiking trip in the White Mountains for incoming trainees.

Resident Wellness

Resident wellness is a significant focus of the Department, the Mass General Brigham Graduate Medical Education (GME) office and BWH. Departmental, GME and BWH programs have been put in place to:

  • Build camaraderie and community
  • Champion professional development
  • Enhance resident and fellow resiliency
  • Decrease physician burnout

Wellness initiatives in the Department include educational/career development (book fund, reimbursement for conference fees); technology (access to ExpertPath, PATHprimer, other software programs); AP residents' room (for PGY1 and 2 residents with assigned desk/computer/microscope/lockable cubby and drawers) and CP residents' room (with assigned desk/computer/lockable drawers); social activities and daily sustenance (monthly TGIF; breakfast and lunch provided at conferences; night-call meal tickets); scheduled Professionalism conference series including wellness topics; and peer and faculty mentorship support. The residents have also created and maintain a Wellness Committee in order to promote resident/fellow well-being, including physical, emotional, social, and intellectual wellness; maintain a peer support and advocacy network; and provide wellness education and opportunities.

The Mass General Brigham GME office and the hospital offer a number of important resources related to wellness and wellbeing, including assistance in getting a primary care doctor, a BWH faculty/trainee mental health program, an episodic care clinic on hospital grounds, an employee assistant program, a lease guaranty program, taxi vouchers, and discounted membership to Bodyscapes Fitness. In addition, the Department has a representative on the Resident/Fellow Well-being Task Force.

Boston and Massachusetts Information

Brigham and Women's Hospital is located in Boston, Massachusetts, affording our residents access to the many amenities of Boston and New England.

The hospital sits right at the border of Boston and Brookline. Many residents live in either location or in the Cambridge/Somerville area (just on the other side of the Charles River). Boston is made up of many small neighborhoods, each with their own personality. The city is full of parks that are beautiful in all four seasons. Boston is a very walkable and bikeable city, and a car is not necessary. The subway/trolley system (called the “T”) has a stop right next to the hospital ("Brigham Circle").

Boston Common

map of Boston area

Boston is a cosmopolitan city of contrasts: neat rows of red brick town houses and some of the nation's most revered landmark buildings stand side by side with high-tech towers.

More than 70 universities and colleges make their home office and their influence is felt throughout the area. These institutions have extensive libraries, museums and special events. The Boston Pops and the Boston Ballet are mainstays of the performing arts.

Bostonians have four major-league sports teams: the Red Sox, the Celtics, the Bruins and the Patriots. Fenway Park, one of America's oldest baseball parks, is located in the heart of the city and is only a mile from Brigham and Women's Hospital.

On Newbury Street, elegant boutiques, art galleries and coffee houses are located in 19th century town houses. Nearby, Copley Place and The Shops at the Prudential Center offers more than 200 enclosed shops and restaurants. The city has many other attractions, such as Faneuil Hall, the Arnold Arboretum, The New England Aquarium, the Museum of Science and its four-story Omnimax Theater. The Museum of Fine Arts and the Gardner Museum are less than a half mile from Brigham and Women's Hospital.

Cape Cod, only 60 miles from Boston, offers 27,000 acres of beaches. There are warm-water beaches, an abundance of seafood, summer theater and challenging golf courses. The Cape Cod National Seashore offers miles of bicycle and nature trails, long stretches of sandy beaches and desert-like sand dunes.

collage of Boston

The nearby islands of Nantucket and Martha's Vineyard offer their own brand of sandy beaches, pine forests, rolling hills and moors and delightful towns. Each can be reached by air and by passenger and car ferries. Martha's Vineyard is a picturesque turn-of-the-century community and a year-round ferry port. Nantucket, where whaling ships made their home, is 30 miles off the coast of Cape Cod. It has elegant restaurants and antiques, crafts and specialty stores in addition to its relaxing beaches.

A quick drive West or North provides access to the Berkshires and the White Mountains. Abundant natural beauty provides an inviting setting for downhill skiing, cross-country skiing, hiking, mountain biking and rock climbing. To many, Massachusetts is one of the most exciting places to live in America. Having come from around the globe for the academic and clinical opportunities, many stay and come to call Boston “home.”

collage of New England

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