Christmas Traditions: Emergency Medicine Residents and the Angel Tree
Emmy Schram Dec 12, 2019
Written by Carter Duggan, MD, Emergency Medicine Chief Resident
With the holiday season upon us, the residents at Indiana University School of Medicine Department of Emergency Medicine are engaging in all of the festivities. From Secret Santa exchanges to holiday gatherings, there is never a shortage of ways to reconnect with our EM family and show appreciation for everything we have. One tradition that is a staple of our residency is our annual holiday Angel Tree. Each year, the residency signs up for five to seven families with young children and commits to providing everything needed to give them a Christmas that they deserve. Toys, games, clothes and diapers are piled beneath our resident office Christmas tree before being delivered to their eager recipients.
Of course, all of this wouldn’t be possible without quite a bit of planning and dedication from a select few individuals. This year we have Will Martin (5th year Em-Peds) and Ali Serpe (1st year Em-Peds) to thank for taking on this responsibility. Will, who has been leading Angel Tree for a few years now, has welcomed the help from Ali, and despite all of the rigors that a combined intern year brings, Ali has graciously stepped into this role, ensuring that this long-standing holiday tradition will continue on well beyond our time with the residency.