The annual retreat for new medical students, hosted by the second-year class, was a great success August 15 – 16. Held at Camp Allen in the piney woods northwest of Houston, this year’s retreat theme was “When I Grow Up.”
The retreat featured a mix of fun and games, as well as more serious faculty presentations and workshops ranging from medical ethics to tips on building study skills. Friday morning included opening remarks from faculty and small group discussions on surviving medical school. Friday afternoon outdoor games included relay races and friendly tug-of-war team competitions, leading up to an even busier evening.
No student retreat is complete without the long-awaited skit produced by and starring the host second-year students, who worked hard to top the skit they enjoyed as new students one year earlier. This year’s skit included a variety of digitally recorded skits and live action performances. Following the skit, a late night costume party was lively and entertaining as all participants were encouraged to wear a costume relating to any career (funny or serious) that they wanted to do as a kid.
Dr. Henry Strobel, retired associate dean of alumni relations and faculty affairs, began organizing the annual student retreat for the incoming class of 1977. Dr. Strobel attended this year’s retreat, but has passed the torch to Mark Farnie, M.D.,‘87. With more than 40 faculty and alumni participating, this was a stellar year for the retreat, and we look forward to improving upon that next year.
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