Use of a Chief Resident Retreat to Develop Key Leadership Skills

Michael A. Gisondi*, Avni Bavishi, James Burns, Mark D. Adler, Diane B. Wayne, Joshua L. Goldstein

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Chief residents (CRs) are selected based on interpersonal skills, medical knowledge, and clinical performance; however, they must adapt to their leadership role by taking on administrative tasks, resolving conflicts, and assisting underperforming residents. The Northwestern University McGaw Medical Center identified training area deficiencies and created a one-day curriculum that addressed the role of the CR, conflict resolution and negotiation, managing trainees with clinical/professional deficiencies, supporting trainees in distress, improving program morale, and navigating the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education requirements. A total of 43 CRs participated in the 2016 Leadership Skills Retreat; surveys identified an improvement in reported self-confidence across all content areas.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)173-176
Number of pages4
JournalMedical Science Educator
Issue number2
StatePublished - Jun 1 2017


  • Chief resident
  • GME
  • Leadership
  • Medical education
  • Resident
  • Wellness

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Medicine (miscellaneous)
  • Education


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