Sir.—Winter et al1 provided an excellent overview of pediatric resident retreats at their university. The importance of having the year 1 retreat in February cannot be emphasized enough. This is the time of year when residents' morale and enthusiasm reach a nadir: the first-year residents have just finished doing battle with the annual onslaught of bronchiolitis patients and are tired of being low men and women on the totem pole, the second-year residents are on the verge of becoming senior residents and "taking over," and the third-year residents are suffering from "senioritis" and are now focusing their vision on life after residency. In short, few residents are actually focusing on their current status.
A retreat away from the hospital serves an important social mission; that is, to remind residents that they are human and that there is, indeed, life outside of the hospital. However, the first-year retreat should