Resident Wellbeing

Resident Wellbeing Incentive

At our University of Arizona Internal Medicine program, we initiated a Resident Wellbeing Incentive in early 2017.  The program was spearheaded by then chief resident, Lindsey Trutter, and maintained in following academic years. 

Our Resident Wellbeing Incentive program helps focus on non-medical aspects of resident life to promote wellness and work-life balance.  This project aims at helping residents have an overall healthy residency experience by reminding and rewarding healthy habits such as seeing a physician for annual visits, encouraging comradery among residents, promoting team rapport, introducing healthy eating habits, and encouraging exercise and fitness. 

This year our Resident Wellbeing Incentive program has tasks assigned on a monthly basis.  In July, residents were encouraged to “Adopt an Intern.”  This assignment allowed interns the ability to hang out OFF CAMPUS with senior residents to get mentorship and to have a point of contact in case of difficulty starting a new academic year.  During our second month, residents studied together for the “Study Buddies” assignment.  This helped prep our residents for their annual in-training examination (ITE).  Other assignments throughout this academic year include Residency Rapport (team building with attending physicians), Meaningful Munchies (creating a healthy meal from scratch), Residency Reflections (journal entry reflecting time with a patient or a physician), and Happy Holidays (celebrating with friends, family and or colleagues during the holiday season or partaking in holiday/cultural events around the city).

Residents receive conference attendance credit as further incentive for completing resident wellbeing assignments.  At one of our weekly Academic Half Days during the year, a resident wellbeing lecture is provided to help residents identify fatigue and know the signs of burnout.  They are also introduced to the house-staff counselor and given contact information in case of personal issues with mental health. 

The overall mission of the Resident Wellbeing Incentive program is to promote and maintain a nurturing environment throughout residency by furthering rapport, to provide a means for identifying and getting help with burnout by providing information and access to counseling services, and to remind residents of their individual wellbeing.  At our institution, we aim to graduate physicians that excel personally as well as professionally.