Resident Wellness

We recognize the importance and need for a strong Wellness Program for both our residents and their support systems.

With a Wellness Committee consisting of residents, faculty, and department administration, we have launched a wellness curriculum for our interns that continues through all 3 categorical years of anesthesia training. Monthly tutorials are held intern year to discuss and reflect on topics such as fatigue mitigation, suicide awareness, and mindfulness. These topics are then reinforced through quarterly meetings throughout the remainder of training.

In addition, we provide our residents with a variety of department-sponsored activities throughout the year to promote a healthy work-life balance. Events tend to be once a month, and are highly enjoyed and anticipated. Activities include team building, health and fitness, and relaxation and socializing. Because of COVID-19, we're focused on safely building community among our residents, faculty and staff, and we look forward to restarting our traditions soon.

Annual Events

Intern Barbecue
This yearly event — hosted every June at Internship Director Dr. Emily Peoples' house — is where the incoming and outgoing intern classes meet. We enjoy a catered meal, swimming, and good conversation. It is a great initial opportunity for our new colleagues to meet and learn from their fellow residents.

Resident and Faculty Soccer and Kickball
Hemoglobin Trotters kickball team plays during the summer — athletic talent not required! Playing with the "Soccuroniums" is a great way to get exercise while hanging out with fellow anesthesia residents, staff, and CRNAs. The anesthesia department is generous enough to sponsor a team year-round, which is especially nice in the winter. The games are on Sundays, so after intern year is over you can make most games. If you love soccer, getting to play with your friends so frequently is a real treat.  

University of Michigan Football Tailgate 
Each fall, the department provides a catered tailgate at one of University of Michigan's home games. Join us as we cheer on our Wolverines — and Go Blue!

Boxing, yoga, and more!
Our residents participate in group boxing classes, private yoga instruction, and team runs including the Detroit International marathon! An annual ice-skating event is held in Michigan’s Yost Ice arena, home of Michigan’s hockey team. The Huron River provides the perfect setting for kayaking and tubing on hot Ann Arbor days. Regardless of the season, our residents find ways to stay active and well. 

Resident Wellness Resources

Resources for Urgent Help

House Officer Mental Health Program
Michigan Medicine's House Officer Mental Health Program has been in existence since 1996, providing a range of mental health services to a large number of house officers in all disciplines. We are committed to supporting house officers during this significant, rewarding, and often stressful stage of life. We complete over 70 new evaluations annually, evaluating and treating a broad spectrum of mental health needs, including: depression, anxiety, sleep difficulties, ADHD, stress management, interpersonal difficulties, and work-life balance issues, to name a few.

Michigan Medicine Office of Counseling and Workplace Resilience
The Office of Counseling and Workplace Resilience serves the mental and emotional health needs of Michigan Medicine faculty and staff. They provide free-of-charge and confidential counseling, consultation, coaching and stress debriefing services to help faculty and staff develop strength and resilience in their personal and professional lives. They also offer a number of programs designed to help individuals and departments reduce burnout, compassion fatigue, and to foster resilience. 

Faculty and Staff Counseling and Consultation Office
The Faculty and Staff Counseling and Consultation Office (FASCCO) provides support and assistance to University staff and faculty in resolving personal or work related concerns. Through a range of sensitive and innovative services, FASCCO seeks to enhance the emotional health, well-being and job performance of members of the university community. By providing confidential and professional counseling, coaching, training, and consultation services to staff, faculty, retirees, benefit-eligible dependents and departments, FASCCO helps individuals develop and foster strengths and resiliency to enhance their personal and professional lives.

As the university's health and well-being program, we provide programs and resources designed to help you be your best-physically, mentally, and emotionally. By creating a community of health at U-M, we can make our community a place where healthy living is welcomed and supported. MHealthy programs include:

  • Thrive! Stress Management ProgramIt's not only about managing stress, it's about learning how to thrive! The MHealthy Thrive! Program is a comprehensive stress management and prevention program that aims to foster psychological well-being by energizing work climates, enhancing relationships, and maximizing personal strength. 
  • MHealthy Fitness CenterMHealthy Fitness Center in Ann Arbor is a medically-based fitness center. Our highly-trained staff and non-judgmental atmosphere make this a safe and welcoming place for people of all ages, abilities and sizes to work out. Daily passes and three-, six-, and twelve-month memberships are available. 
  • Nutrition ResourcesMHealthy offers several tools and links to help with your nutrition goals. 
  • Exercise and Relaxation ClassesMHealthy Exercise and Relaxation Classes are a great way to get moving, get fit and relieve stress. More than 100 classes are available to U-M faculty, staff, students, and the general public at various locations on or near the University's Ann Arbor campus. 

Wellness Coaching
A free one on one coaching conversation available to undergraduate and graduate students. Wellness coaching is a holistic approach to examining how personal wellness interacts with one's values, goals, and motivations. Wellness coaching could be a good fit if you are considering changes to optimize your personal health and wellness, or looking to positively shift certain aspects of your life. 

Central Campus Recreation Building
Located just minutes from the Diag, the CCRB is the largest Recreational Sports facility. It features a wide array of equipment and amenities to suit a variety of fitness interests. 

Recreational Sports
Whether you've been working out for years of you're new to the gym world, it's our mission to be present and standing by, ready to offer instruction, advice or just a word of encouragement. Members get open access to our machines, weights, courts and pools in the comfort of a supportive environment. 

Wolverine Wellness
We provide information and referrals, provide early intervention, collaborate and consult, influence policy, and advocate for health for the U-M campus community. Well-being infuses our work. 

The Wellness Zone
CAPS Wellness Zone is available for students on a drop-in basis and is located through our office at 3100 Michigan Union! We offer many wellness resources to help you manage stress, rest, and relax as you navigate your busy life as a student at U-M. 

Depression Center
Depression can be a difficult illness to understand, particularly since no two people experience it in the same way. As art of the Depression Center's mission to counteract stigma and prevent recurrences and progression, we provide clear, evidence-based information in a variety of formats to help people understand depression's causes, its symptoms, and prevention and treatment options.


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