Natural Bridge State Park


Every year in early fall, just in time for the changing color of the leaves, our interns pack up for a couple of days away. They travel to Natural Bridge State Park, located in the Red River Gorge about an hour and a half outside of Lexington. The first day is spent relaxing and hanging out--or hiking one of the many beautiful trails to the Natural Bridge itself. Evening activities include food, games and fun. 

The second day of the retreat is centered on informal discussions led by attendings. Topics may include how to deliver bad news, balancing residency and your personal life and conflict resolution.While the interns are away, the upper level residents gladly “watch after the fort” to ensure that all interns can be in attendance with no other responsibility other than to have fun and bond with their classmates. The interns come away from the retreat feeling renewed and refreshed and glad to have gotten to know their fellow interns just a little bit better.


Held in Berea, Kentucky at the renowned and stately Boone Tavern, the Upper Level Retreat provides residents with the opportunity to reflect on their intern year and to prepare for the future. Career advice, networking, planning and so much more happens at this brief but crucial meeting of residency upper levels. This retreat is sponsored by the American Academy of Pediatrics and held jointly with PGY-2's from the University of Louisville. 



The third year retreat is held at the historic distillery, Woodford Reserve, in Versailles, KY.  Residents enjoy Southern cuisine along with Bourbon Tasting if interested.  Faculty from the College of Medicine give talks on Career Development, Wellness, Financing. and tips for life after residency!  This retreat is sponsored by the Housestaff Office and also allows our graduating residents another opportunity to spend time together prior to graduation.