Should I Attend The Radiology Department Holiday Party?
It’s almost that time of the year. And, if you have not received an invitation yet, it is probably going to arrive in your email or mailbox soon. Yep… It’s time for the annual radiology department holiday party.
In our department, we have hosted a party every year since I started as an attending in my practice. (over 11 years ago!) Since it is such a deep-seated tradition at our organization, attendings expect most of our residents to attend the festivities. And, most do.
But, what if you are on the fence? Maybe you have other obligations or, perhaps, you are not the party-goer type. Whatever the case may be, you need to make a decision whether to attend or not. Well, I am here to help you with that decision! Let’s go through six good reasons why you should try to make that holiday party if possible.
Esprit De Corps
You are not just a radiologist, but you are also a team member. Showing up displays your pride in the organization and lets everyone else know that you care about the department. Now, all the others will understand that you are a team player too!
Befriending Your Colleagues
What better opportunity to get to know your colleagues? Not just your fellow residents, but the technologist that works down the hall and the nurse that takes care of your patients. You can finally see these people not just as employees of the hospital, but also as living human beings as well. In fact, you can even dance the Macarena on the dance floor with them too!
Get To Know Your Attendings
It can be hard to get to know your bosses when they are actively involved in patient care and running a residency, telling you what to do. In fact, you may feel uncomfortable with the party because you now must sit down with them and chat. Well now, you have the opportunity to spend time with your “difficult attendings” in an environment unrelated to your primary occupations. Who knows? Maybe it will lead to a great recommendation!
To Be Polite
You know… Someone had to shell out the money for the party. And, the radiology department invited you to enjoy a party with them. Is it nice to skip out on an event created just for the benefit of all to enjoy? Not really!
You can’t always study. Sometimes you just have to get out there and get involved. Getting involved can be something as simple as showing up early to work up your patients. But, it can also mean attending a party. You’ve signed up for this residency. So, show up for the events!
Find Out What Really Happens In The Department
Not many better opportunities arise that allows the resident to see what really goes on in the radiology department. When the attendings “let their hair loose” and have a few drinks, you get to see who plays with who. And, you get the real low down about what goes on. You can’t learn everything from a book!
Is It That Important to Attend The Holiday Party?
Yes!!! We struggle all year to work hard to learn and improve patient care. It’s now time to take a little bit of time aside to get to know our department. Let us enjoy the fruits of our labor together!