The OHSU Department of Surgery instituted the resident council in 2017 and is made up of two representatives from each year elected by their peers. The purpose of the council is to hear and address the administrative, educational and wellness concerns of the general surgery residents, and to act as an additional bridge between the residents and program faculty, educational administration and executive committee. Meetings occur every two months. Topics include issues with individual rotations or site-specific concerns, issues by class year or specific programs or topics brought to the council by individual residents, faculty or administration. Topics are often communicated to the group in a peer-to-peer fashion, but there are also confidential avenues to bring issues to the attention of the resident council and the administration.
Sawyer Smith, M.D., (R5) has been a part of the resident council since 2018 and was co-chair during 2019-20 academic year. He will continue on as a co-chair during the 2020-21 academic year. He has served as a co-chair on the House Officer’s Association along with being resident member of the Graduate Medical Education Committee during his research time in Trauma and Critical Care. He sees the resident council as a great way for residents to take ownership over solving issues that arise within the residency and working collaboratively with the Surgery Education team to find creative solutions to improve resident experiences at OHSU.
Kate Watson, M.D., (R4) has been on the resident council since 2018 and is serving her first year as co-chair of the resident council. She is returning to clinical rotations, having recently completed one year of research in colorectal surgery. During that time, she was active in the House Officer’s Association, the Graduate Medical Education Committee, the surgical education executive committee, and the multi-disciplinary paging initiative. She has enjoyed seeing the way that resident council has helped create solutions to resident issues and appreciates the dedication of the Department of Surgery toward resident education and well-being.