In 2018, the Gold Humanism Honor Society – of which MSIH is a chapter – decided to bring to light the importance of hospital residence staff and encourage medical students to show their gratitude and appreciation during Thank A Resident Day. This has been particularly important since the start of the Coronavirus Pandemic that placed huge stress on hospital staff all around the world.
In 2021, MSIH held it first Thank a Resident Day, corresponding with the Jewish festival of Purim. It was such a success that the students did it again in 2022.
Residents serve as the “house staff” of hospitals and are an integral part to the healthcare team, often serving as indispensable resources for medical students, especially during a clinical clerkship. At BGU, MSIH student, Allison Lenselink organized this years event.
It is customary during Purim to bring small parcels of sweets and cookies to those we appreciate. Allison and her team of volunteers brought their baskets to the residents in pediatrics, geriatrics, rehab, and all the internal medicine wards at Soroka Medical Center, the teaching facility for MSIH.
“We had one left over and we gave it to the lovely man on the 6th floor who always helps us set up professors’ presentations :)” she said.
MSIH staff also benefited from the students’ goodwill. A basket of treats was delivered to them to show appreciation for the huge effort everyone has made to look after the students during a difficult two years of the pandemic.