University of Wisconsin Hospitals and Clinics (UWHC) Graduate Medical Education is committed to ensuring that residents and fellows remain physically and emotionally healthy during training. A number of wellness resources and programs are provided to UWHC residents and fellows to promote work-life balance and overall wellness.
- UW Health Wellness Options at Work blog is divided into four categories (Living Well, Healthy Environment, Health Coaching and Resilience), each with plethora of resources.
- UW-Madison offers additional resources available to you through your Honorary Fellow appointment in the School of Medicine and Public Health. Some highlights are:
The Whole Health Library is a collaborative effort of the VHA Office of Patient-Centered Care & Cultural Transformation, Pacific Institute for Research and Evaluation, and the University of Wisconsin-Madison School of Medicine and Public Health, Integrative Health Program. The resources may be used for personal or patient care.
Resident and Fellow Wellness Lounge – F5/606
All UWHC residents and fellows have access to the Resident and Fellow Wellness Lounge, conveniently located off of the “F” elevators on the sixth floor of the CSC. The lounge is a space for residents and fellows to relax, connect and recharge. It includes a spin cycle, a stepper, a full-size refrigerator, sink, two computer work stations, a television, a resource board, a couch and other furniture. Over time we hope to make additional improvements to the room and welcome your thoughts and feedback.
LifeMatters® Employee Assistance Program For Residents and Fellows
Assistance with Life, Work, Family and Wellbeing ・24/7/365
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Up to ten FREE confidential counseling sessions, per presenting concern, are available to UWHC residents and fellows, 24/7, for:
- Stress, depression and personal problems
- Balancing work and personal needs
- Family and relationship concerns
- Alcohol or drug dependency
LifeMatters also provides wellness self-assessment tools, financial and legal consultation services, and child and elder care resources and guidance. Services provided by LifeMatters are FREE. If you are referred to outside resources, you will be advised about any costs, if any.
In Case of Emergency Call: 911
National Suicide Prevention & Crisis Hotline: 800-273-TALK (8255)
The following resources are also available to you:
- Your program director and/or coordinator
- Leigh Larson (GME Director) has an “open door” policy and is always ready and willing to help with resident concerns and problems. She can be reached at 608-263-6602 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
- UW Health DIO Dr. Susan Goelzer at 608-263-2704 or email@example.com.
- For work/life balance support, social networking opportunities, and other resources, visit the UW House Staff Association site.
UW House Staff Association (UWHA) is an independent organization run by UW Health Fellows and Residents to address issues directly affecting you during your residency and fellowship. UWHA offers educational programming and social events to enhance your residency and fellowship experience. To learn about UWHA, visit at http://www.uwha.org/ or contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
To support your significant other during your time as a resident/fellow, we invite your spouse or significant other to join our UW Significant Other Society (SOS). SOS holds events and social gatherings where your significant other can spend time with those in a similar situation and acclimate to life in Madison. Visit http://www.uwsos.org/ for more information or contact email@example.com.
Mindfulness in the Medical Community
Residency training can be stressful; it is important to take care of yourself physically, emotionally and mentally so that you can get the most out of your educational experience. Physician and assistant professor Vinny Minichiello shares techniques he learned with first-year family medicine residents. Take a breath, and see for yourself.
A number of resources across the country have been developed to promote physician wellness. Here is a sampling of them:
ACGME Physician Wellbeing Resources
The ACGME has created this page to share with programs, institutions, residents, and fellows resources that promote a culture of wellbeing and provide support for burnout, depression, or suicide.
ACGME, Mayo Clinic, and the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention (AFSP) Partnership
American Foundation for Suicide Prevention was founded on research, and we develop evidence-based programs using the latest science on suicide prevention.