Hospice and Palliative Medicine Fellowship Wellness Program

The Hospice and Palliative Medicine Fellowship and Michigan Medicine are committed to promoting the holistic well-being of its house officers and actively strives to support resident families to foster a feeling of community and connection within the program. Several supports are available to our HPM fellows, and include: 

  • Wellness lectures incorporated into our regular HPM didactic lecture series. Themes include burnout, suicide prevention, empathy, and appropriate boundary setting. 
  • 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. 
  • House Officer Mental Health ProgramMichigan 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. They are committed to supporting house officers during this significant, rewarding, and often stressful stage of life. They 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.
  • Facilitated Peer-Networking Sessions:  Once a month our HPM fellows participate in a guided peer-support session, to allow for reflection and debriefing on the clinical work being done, and support one another during their fellowship training. 

Trip to Erwin's Orchard

HPM and Geriatric fellows went to Erwin’s Orchard to kick off the fall season with apple picking, hayrides, and an interactive show.


Volunteering at The Farm at St. Joes

HPM fellows volunteered at The Farm at St. Joes, which encourages healthier eating and serves as an economic driver for local agriculture. The farm gives physicians an ability to connect with patients in an impactful way and give them the tools and support needed to live longer, healthier lives.