Residency is stressful and the stress permeates their bodies, minds, and spirits, affecting their health, careers, and patient outcomes. Residents are at increased risk for depression and burnout as compared to their non-medical peers. Self-care skills such as managing stress, reducing anxiety, maximizing work-life balance, preventing burnout, self-compassion, resiliency, better time management, improving mood and positive thinking skills and tips for improving sleep, eating and exercising are often neglected within residency programs.
resident/fellow well-being and stress management programs
As a well-being resource I help residents and fellows enhance and expand their wellness, compassion, self-care, life-balance and resilience by providing wellness support and resources.
Your resident’s will benefit with improved:
- time management
- leadership skills
- sense of well-being
Burnout is both preventable and reversible. Give your residents the tools to reverse the burnout that started in medical school.
As program director you benefit by:
- confidence that an experienced wellness professional is assisting each resident in maximizing their well-being
- thoroughly meeting the ACGME well-being requirement
- knowing you are providing a much-needed service to your residents
- improving healthcare
“As a Wellness person outside our department, Laura has provided our residents the ability to freely discuss different issues that they might be going through, both in their personal life and their workplace. During her one-on-one sessions with the residents, she gives them helpful advice in managing their career and personal life and finding the right balance. I find her short questionnaires very useful in understanding the different emotions/feelings the residents go through and gives me insight into what stresses them and what motivates them. In addition, I have used many of her suggestions to bring the residents and faculty together outside the workplace, including at the beginning of the academic year and during our quarterly meetings. After my meetings with her, I feel motivated to keep improving the environment in which the residents work in, which in turn helps their training and education.
Alex Bousamra, MD
Pathologist, Department of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine
Associate Program Director, Pathology Residency
Allegheny Health Network
Assistant Professor, Drexel University College of Medicine