Pediatric Residency Program

Pediatric Residency Program


The CHAM Wellness Committee is a resident-led committee that develops various initiatives, which aim to foster a sense of community and a culture of self-care within the residency program. The committee meets on a monthly basis and the associate program director sits on the committee. Many of our ongoing initiatives are listed below. Feel free to contact Dr. Molly Broder at with questions.

Personal Wellness

Intern Wellness Afternoon

Of all three years, interns have the most scheduled floor-time, making it more difficult to schedule appointments and other activities necessary for self-care. Each intern is scheduled to have an extra afternoon where their shift is scheduled and they are completely free to use the time to further their wellness however they see fit. An appointment coordinator is also available to help schedule primary care and follow up appointments for house staff.


A massage therapist is on-site two to three times per week and residents are able to schedule 15-minute massages during their shift as a brief break from the floors.

Monthly Peer Support Group

At the end of every cycle, the residents hold small groups where they are able to discuss any aspect of their medical career with the aim of fostering a network of support and shared experience within the program. Sessions are facilitated by faculty members who work in fields distinct from the department through which the residents are rotating. These support groups were initiated as part of an IRB-approved curriculum designed by several of our residents.

Community Fostering

Resident Fun Days

Each class has one surprise day per year where their shifts are covered and an activity is planned by the program to allow for decompression and class bonding, with previous activity examples including scavenger hunts, escape the room, and zorbing.

CHAM Book Club


Residents choose several books throughout the year and come together to discuss, with previously selected books including Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine, A Gentleman in Moscow, and Lincoln in the Bardo.

Daily Chief Candy

The chief-on-call visits every floor daily to check in and make sure the teams have everything they need for continued success … and they bring us candy!

Resident Picnic


At the end of every year, fellows and faculty cover the hospital to allow residents to attend a picnic celebrating the year. Our picnics are one of the best highlights of the year because we get to meet and spend time with the each other’s families and our CHAMily all at the same time!

CHAM Garden Stories

Garden Stories is a project that aims to strengthen community ties and foster wellness through the shared experience of gardening. The initiative has helped residents start their own gardens in their apartments and homes by providing starter plants and providing an online community where residents can share gardening tips and pictures of their garden’s progress.

CHAM Story Slam

Storytelling events held throughout the year where any member of the CHAM community can share short stories related to a theme chosen for the event. Stories do not have to be related to medicine and unlike The Moth StorySLAM, the event is not competitive.

Annual CHAM Bake-Off

Residents put their baking skills to the test and bring in their best baked goods for a competition that would make even Mary Berry proud.

Special Events

Social events from happy hours to weekend trips are coordinated by social chairs elected from each class in addition to program-wide events including the annual CHAM holiday party, our annual bake-off, and end of the year Cureatr Award party!


Employee Perks

Enjoy all the benefits of being a CHAM employee from FREE tickets to sporting events (Yankees, Knicks, etc.) to discounted gym memberships.

Coming soon!

CHAM Showcase

An annual showcase for all of CHAM faculty and staff to show off their talents outside of medicine.

Pizza and …!

Currently residents have a pizza lunch every Friday. Our new spin-off to this will help create an activity to help residents have a mental break from patient care and give people the chance to share their hobbies and passions with the residency class as a whole.

Wellness Committee Leadership


Joanna Joels, MD
Resident Co-Chair


Aviya Lanis, MD
Resident Co-Chair

Molly C. Broder, MD
Associate Program Director, Pediatric Residency
Faculty Co-Chair, Wellness Committee

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