The Wellness Committee is a faculty-supported, resident-run group that was founded in response to a recognized need for our residents to have a platform to address mental health and other wellness issues.
We recognize the high rates of burnout and mental health disorders that are far too common among residents and healthcare providers of all specialties and levels of training.
Membership is open to any family medicine resident who is interested. We hold monthly meetings, though no minimum time commitment is required.
We aim to advocate for and enhance the mental well-being of our family medicine residency family. We work to de-stigmatize conversations about mental health and wellness and to create a platform where all residents feel comfortable discussing concerns related to mental health. We directly work with faculty and act as a liaison between the residency body and the administration to create initiatives that enhance the wellness and culture of our program.
Examples of Past Initiatives:
- Worked with faculty and ACGME to clarify guidelines that allow residents to discretely have protected time to go to therapy/health appointments
- Positivity boards
- Publicizing wellness resources on campus
- Zoom Movie Nights
- Debrief sessions with faculty to help cope with the added stresses of COVID-19 on our practice
Examples of Ongoing/Future Initiatives
- Starting an annual resident retreat (originally approved to start in 2020, postponed due to COVID)
- Renovating our morning report/main teaching room to be more welcoming, positive environment
The mission of the Social Justice Committee is to awaken the collective consciousness of residents and faculty to issues of social justice in our clinical practice and community at large. Topics include: systemic racism, health disparities, immigration and inequality, reproductive justice, LGTBQ+ healthcare, etc.
Our goal is to both educate and inform the way we practice medicine, resulting in more equitable, culturally competent health care. This committee shapes the social justice curriculum, which is integrated into resident education, and also leads community service and engagement activities.