Resident Wellness

Resident well being is considered a fundamental and essential part of our program. Our program recognizes the unique challenges that residents face as they work to complete training. We appreciate that resiliency is a fundamental component of wellness. We offer opportunities for our residents to engage in developing personal insight. The importance of insight encompasses learning to be self-aware, to accept limits, to acknowledge uncertainty, and to problem solve. We provide opportunities for the resident to obtain support both from individuals within and outside the Internal Medicine Department, placing an emphasis on self-care. Lastly, we emphasize the value of meaning and purpose in one’s work and personal life.

The following are regularly occurring events and offerings designed to help our residents develop and maintain resiliency during residency:

  • Quarterly Schwartz Rounds – An interactive dialogue consisting of panelists from diverse disciplines speaking about topics that affect our ability as providers to provide compassionate and comprehensive care.

  • Free counseling sessions

  • Small group sessions offered every four weeks by our Faculty Director of Resident Wellness, Dr. Ann Marie Canelas

  • Access to Amy Damore, PsyD, a member of the Behavioral Health Faculty at MacNeal

  • Annual retreats are offered each year of residency – retreats feature team building exercises, a wellness session and time to relax outside of the hospital as a resident class.

  • Each resident has a core faculty member designated to meet with and mentor the resident at regular intervals throughout their time at MacNeal.

  • Residents Wellness Web page called the Residents Corner.

  • Use of validated tools like the Maslach Burnout Survey to annually help individuals confidentially identify and recognize the early signs of burnout.