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Hello and Goodbye


It is that time of year again. Senior residents are moving on to the next best thing (really next, best – what is better than here?), our preliminary year interns are moving into their residencies, and our new interns have arrived! (People from the GME office have been stopping by and commenting on how amazing OUR new interns are).

It is always a bittersweet time of year for me. I am excited to welcome the new interns, but also want our senior residents to stay. I’ll settle for a promise from the senior class to keep in touch, and visit when you can!

This year has been a hard and challenging one, and has stretched us all to our limits, revealing strengths that we didn’t know we had. The same pandemic that has forced us to become flexible and innovative has also taken away many of the important rituals of moving up, and moving on. If you drive by the Hanover green, you can see pictures of HHS seniors on placards – a substitute for graduation. Our own graduation and welcoming ceremonies have been drastically changed. What we’ve tried to preserve, above all else, is our sense of community, of belonging and of camaraderie. We’ve been able to do that in a new and different form, thanks to the Fairlee Drive-In!

I know (especially with social gathering restrictions abolished in NH!) that current residents will welcome all of our incoming interns to our residency community. Now, more than ever, it is important that everyone in our program feel that they have a place here, and that they belong. I am proud to be part of a residency program in which people stand up for their convictions, stand together with one another, and advocate for a more just world (go Simrun!). I firmly believe that together, we will make the world a better place.

Speaking of belonging – if you ordered a hoodie, please stop by this week and pick it up. The coordinators will be handing hoodies out today, Wednesday and Friday, and I’ll be on hand to get you your hoodie on Thursday.

Stay Safe! Stay Healthy!

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