For residency to be truly meaningful, it is important to have time for maintaining healthy relationships with family and friends, pursuing outside hobbies and interests, and reflecting on successes and challenges. With many demands on a resident's time, our program recognizes that residents have lives outside of the hospital. To continually support this balance, we offer a variety of opportunities, including:

  • Organizing an annual resident-run Wellness Week featuring opportunities to experience new activities that promote physical, social and emotional well-being
  • Scheduling one half-day of personal well-being time on ambulatory and elective blocks to help residents schedule essential obligations, such as doctor and dental appointments
  • Working to support residents attending more urgent and/or recurring appointments as needed during inpatient blocks
  • Facilitating end-of-rotation dinners for inpatient teams
  • Leading reflection sessions with trusted leaders
  • Sponsoring residency-wide arts and humanities events
  • Planning celebrations for major milestones including intern orientation, holidays and graduation
  • Facilitating a social group for significant others of residents to create space for connecting and sharing experiences

Through major life events, such as marriage, childbirth and family emergencies, the program is committed to supporting each resident in the best possible way. For example, the program creates a supportive environment for parents by developing a personalized parental leave plan for each resident, helping to arrange coverage for prenatal appointments and supporting residents who encounter intra- or postpartum complications. (More details provided in Resources and Benefits page.)

Our coaching program is designed to promote a culture of well-being by allowing residents time to reflect, process their experiences, set goals, recognize their accomplishments and connect with the parts of their work that bring them meaning and purpose. All residents are assigned a faculty coach outside of their field of interest to create a safe space for these discussions.