December 21st, 2016

Residents Spread Holiday Cheer to Ronald McDonald House Families

By Justin Fiala, M.D.

A resident’s schedule is notoriously busy and is packed with night shifts, clinics, and research projects, among myriad other commitments. But none of that stopped a group of Mayo Internal Medicine residents from taking the time to prepare dinner for the children and families staying at the Ronald McDonald House.

Group shot of the IM resident volunteers.

Group shot of the IM resident volunteers.

Continuing the tradition of years past, the Internal Medicine Residency Social Committee organized the holiday dinner at the Rochester Ronald McDonald House as a way for trainees to give back to the community and spread some holiday cheer. In all, 10 residents, spanning all three years of training, along with the program’s four chief residents, took part in the event, which involved cooking and serving a Mexican-themed meal to the Ronald McDonald House guests.

The resident volunteers putting their chopping skills to use.

The resident volunteers putting their chopping skills to use.

 

Ginny Dines, one of the second-year residents in attendance, noted how volunteering at the event helped her put things in perspective. She explained how, “Working in the hospital day in and day out, it’s easy to lose sight of the non-medical ways that we can make a difference in people’s lives,” and continued, “I love the fact that we were able to bring the comfort of a home-cooked meal to kids and families that aren’t able to make it home for the holidays. It’s a nice reminder of how impactful the little things in life can be.”

Ronald McDonald House 3

Getting ready to serve the meal!

And the Ronald McDonald House has a long history of making an impact on the Rochester community.

What is now the Ronald McDonald House was initially a nonprofit, 12-bedroom home called Northland House which was established to decrease the burden placed on families of children facing serious illnesses. Because of its strong track record of providing services to families in need, the Northland House was invited to take on the Ronald McDonald House name in 1990 and since then has expanded to its current size of 42 guest rooms. They now serve close to 800 families in a given year, and will be expanding further in the near future to be able to serve even more families.

The volunteers just before serving the meal.

The volunteers just before serving the meal.

 

With the increased number of families staying at the Ronald McDonald House, there are bound to be plenty more Internal Medicine Residency holiday dinners in the years to come!

 

Tags: holiday, resident life, Uncategorized, volunteerism