Wellness

The Internal Medicine Residency Program is committed to promoting the holistic well-being of its residents and actively strives to support resident families to foster a feeling of community and connection within the program.

                          U-M Internal Medicine Wellness

Physical Well-Being

The Internal Medicine Residency Program keeps an updated list of primary care physicians that are accepting new patients so residents can easily find providers in the area. 

In addition, the program encourages residents to take part in physical exercise - whether that is in the hospital's gym or taking a walking/run outside.

Mental Well-Being

  • Suicide Prevention and Mental Health Support: Awareness made through multiple conferences spaced out throughout the year.
  • Intern Report “Wellness” Curriculum:  Once monthly noon conference sessions led by residents to help guide interns through the transition to residency.
    • Themes: burnout prevention, emotional first aid, finding joy in our work, humor
    • Skills: CBT for beginners, Mindfulness, Narrative 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. 
  • 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. 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.

Family & Social Well-Being

Overall resident well-being is strongly contributed to by the extent to which residents feel a sense of belonging, social inclusion, and connection to family and support structures. The residency program values all aspects of well-being and actively strives to support resident families/support teams and foster a feeling of community and connection within the program. Below are some of the residency program's recent initiatives:

  • Lactation Statement
  • Maternity/Secondary Caregiver Leave Policy
  • Unofficial “Guide to Becoming a Parent”
  • NEW! - Family Support Group:  Social initiatives quarterly, mentoring and support
  • NEW! - Social Committee!

Professional Well-Being

  • Equal Medicine:  Career Development Program for Women in Internal Medicine
  • Goals: Fix the leaky pipeline, develop future leaders in internal medicine, provide mentorship, address gender disparities in medicine.
  • Resident Education Committee
  • House Officer Council

 

Contact Us -  improg@umich.edu    (734) 936-4385