BMC Medical Residents Participate in Day of Service
Nearly two dozen resident physicians from Berkshire Medical Center spent a good part of their day recently serving the community in a non-medical way, pitching in at Habitat for Humanity work sites in Pittsfield where homes are under construction or being renovated for low income families. "This first Resident Day of Service was born out of a desire on the part of the resident staff to help the greater community," said Dr. Japa Volchok, Chief Surgical Resident, who coordinated this year's effort. "As medical residents, we have limited time outside of the hospital. Many residents work 80 hours each week and have little time to devote to non-medical endeavors. We had support from the administration and residency program directors to create this special day of community service, so that we could give back to the people in this area who support our training."
Resident physicians from all disciplines - medical, surgical, pathology and dental - participated in the Resident Day of Service. In all, between 20 and 25 physicians worked at sites in the downtown area. Dr. Volchok said this kind of program is also beneficial professionally. "It helps us in our training to learn more about the competencies established by the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education in both our professional capacities and for interpersonal and communication skill development."
The Resident Day of Service will be an annual community program.