Combating burnout and improving physician wellness is vital to long-term success in the field of medicine. While we need to understand what burnout is and be able to recognize the hallmark symptoms, we also have to promote a healthy work life balance and provide the TIME and resources for trainees to be able to practice healthy habits.
In addition to the Geriatric Program Fatigue Policy which helps to identify signs of fatigue, and resources available to help cope with stress and fatigue; the conversations about the importance of mental health and available resources to trainees start during orientation.
Later in August/September our lecture series includes Dr. Kelcey Stratton, the Resiliency and Well-Being Services Program Manager, didactic on Physician Suicide/Mental Health Awareness. The program also partners with Janice Firn, Ph.D., MSW, a Clinical Assistant Professor in the Department of Learning Health Sciences (DLHS), Division of Professional Education, to provided geriatric fellows three resiliency sessions over the course of their training on Wellness, Self-Care and Self-Forgiveness.
All trainees are entitled to a paid subscriptions to headspace, (an app to help build healthy habits, practice mindfulness, and provide guided meditation), then our program has four weeks of vacation time, dedicated sick leave, and as a program have chosen to included work-life balance and wellness within our program Aims to give wellness a place within our program that future generations in medicine will want to emulate.