The Med-Peds social committee typically hosts one-two events every month. We usually find fun local, seasonal activities in Ann Arbor and the surrounding area. Below is a list of recent and upcoming events, as an example of what we do throughout the year. In addition, Med-Peds residents are always invited and welcome to join the many Medicine and Pediatrics social activities scheduled by the categorical programs.
Due to the CoVID-19 pandemic, we have had to get creative with ways to socialize but are committed to keeping a vibrant sense of community. Some newer events have included virtual happy hours and socially distanced walks among the numerous Ann Arbor parks.
A Snapshot of Activities to do Year Round!
Shakespeare in the Arb: a production of one of Shakespeare’s comedies, set in the Arboretum, a beautiful green space adjacent to our hospital campus. It is a ‘traveling’ show, with different parts of the Arb representing different settings in the play.
Pediatrics welcoming picnic, Internal medicine graduation, Med/Peds graduation: lots of opportunities to catch up with our internal medicine and pediatrics colleagues
Med peds welcome picnic: Annual rendition of our infamous kickball game.
Rolling sculpture car show: Lots of classic cars displayed on Main Street.
Chelsea County Fair Demolition Derby: A local county fair, complete with rides, games, and a figure-8 race of old cars with new engines, painted in wild colors. Last car standing wins.
Canoeing the Huron river: a program favorite, we start at Argo Pond, and make our way through Ann Arbor to Gallup Park.
Switch party: Seniors impart their wisdom to the interns about the ‘other side’, right before their first switch
Apple picking at a local orchard: A Michigan fall must-do, usually involving apples (try the Honeycrisp!) as well as donuts, cider, pumpkins, and corn mazes
Interview season begins: Time to socialize and meet the new applicants
Thanksgiving: Detroit Turkey Trot (5K) on Thanksgiving Day for those of us who are in town
Med Peds, Peds, and Internal Medicine Holiday Parties: time to schmooze and socialize with all our colleagues
Adopt A Family: another yearly med peds tradition, where we support a local family with gifts during the holiday season
Martin Luther King Day of Service: Those of us who are free participate in a community service activity together.
Detroit Institute of Arts: Day trip to Detroit to explore this fascinating museum with a world-class collection of art.
Restaurant week: We all go out to dinner together during Ann Arbor’s biannual celebration of local restaurants.
Wine and cheese night: One of the residents will host a night of wine tasting and cheese.
Curling: Participate in this most unique northern sport with a group of your med peds colleagues.
Bowling/Whirlyball: A fun get indoor together for those still-cold April days.
The Moth Storytelling: Local storytellers tell a short story on a specified theme in front of an audience. Anyone is welcome to tell a story.
Belle Isle 5k Run, on a island next to Detroit. One of many local races available throughout the year.
Med/peds BBQ: to celebrate the warm spring weather.
Hiking/outdoors activity: To enjoy the spring weather and stay active outside of the hospital.