Investing in resilience-promoting programs for trainees is a priority for our department. The wellness of our residents and fellows affects not only themselves and the people in their lives, but also our patients and the hospital community as a whole. Trainee resilience is key to enhancing patient care and ensuring we do not face a physician shortage in the future.
That’s why we created a Resident Wellness Committee. Led by faculty mentors Alice Lorch, MD, MPH, and Nicholas Butler, MD, the committee includes representatives from all classes of residents, as well as faculty members. Projects range from structural to social and curricular. Examples of recent initiatives include:
- Completed an impressive renovation of the resident and fellow study suite, which is dedicated to Frederick A. Jakobiec, MD, DSc, as part of his $5.5 million bequest to aid our trainees. The open, shared workspace also functions for meetings and social gatherings.
- Launched pop-up dinners, allowing residents to gather informally as a community.
- Secured call rooms in all training locations, ensuring our residents have places to stay on hospital overnights.
- Secured lactation room for trainee use.
- Improved access to the large number of resources available to Partners employees with our residents, including round-the-clock access to counseling via the Trainee Assistance Program.
- Instituted regular group support sessions for junior residents with a psychologist and offered one-on-one sessions with the same psychologist as needed for all residents.