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Resident Life in Dallas


Ranked in the Top 10 U.S. places to live with the highest pay adjusted to cost of living, the Dallas-Fort Worth area is a culturally diverse metropolitan region with affordable housing, a thriving culinary scene, world-renowned arts districts, major professional sports teams, trendy entertainment venues, and unparalleled shopping opportunities. The region includes more than 200 cities, each with its own identity and character, and is home to more than 7.1 million residents. With X+Y schedules on both categorical sides, residents have their golden weekends to really enjoy all that Dallas and the surrounding area has to offer.

Socials, Retreats, and More!


  • Pediatrics Intern Retreat: Every year, residents enjoy a weekend excursion outside of town for some R&R and lots of fun outdoors activities. It’s a great time to strengthen friendships on the pediatric categorical side. Residents also get a chance to come together and reflect on the intern experience through guided workshops and activities.
  • Internal Medicine Intern Day Off: During the Internal Medicine Day Off, seniors cover for the interns so they can have a day to themselves with program-sponsored activities. It is a great time to unwind and get to know other residents.
  • Intern Switch Party: In preparation for the first switch between Internal Medicine and Pediatrics, interns get together and swap stories and advice for the transition. It’s also a great excuse to hang out and enjoy some great food together.
  • Senior Social: The transition from intern to senior can be a challenge, and often feels daunting. The Senior Social is a time to remind the PGY-2s that they have the entire Med-Peds family behind them to support them through this switch. Participants also discuss logistics and reflect on shared experiences.
Ganesh Raman receives a white elephant gift during the holiday party
  • Journal Club and Med-Peds Trivia: Conferences chairs have made education and board-prep enjoyable and interactive with creative approaches like Med-Peds Trivia Hour. Recent trivia nights have been held at a local brewery, enabling residents to engage in friendly competition over a drink and some pizza.
  • Happy Hours: Monthly Happy Hours with Dr. Walsh encourage informal discussions of concerns and suggestions and have resulted in real changes to the program. It is also a chance to get together at least once a month to catch-up as a program outside of work.
  • Holiday Parties and More: Getting to be a part of three programs means three times the holiday parties and graduation celebrations. The annual white elephant gift exchange is a favorite tradition.

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