Resident Wellness

History

Internal Medicine (IM) Wellness was founded in 2012 with the ideas sparked and spearheaded by YPC Resident Dr. Sadie Barchini with Committee co-founders: Drs. Sheila Quinn, Sanjeet Baidwan, Kenneth Morford and Daniel Schatz.


From its inception, the IM Wellness has sought to enhance the health and happiness of medical residents in a demanding practice environment and inpatient workload. Physician professional satisfaction and wellness has been strongly linked to patient satisfaction.  Additionally, physicians' sense of professional fulfillment positively correlates with patients' adherence to medication, exercise, and diet regimens. IM Wellness seeks to provide activities and tools for residents during work hours in order to develop resiliency skills as part of the larger effort to create a shift in medical culture that makes room for self-care and allows physicians to heal themselves.


The Committee comprises of four to six residents and one to two Chief Residents annually with the faculty support from the YPC Program Director, Dr. John Moriarty. The Committee meets monthly and devises activities and events to improve wellness both during the workday and outside the hospital. The Committee has had such a great reception that in 2014 our IM-Traditional Residency colleagues created their own chapter in collaboration with our own. The Committee is fully supported by the faculty, staff and residents of the Yale Primary Care Program and the Yale Department of Internal Medicine.

YPC IM Wellness Initiatives


  • Puppy Pen
  • Text listserv and discussion group
  • Cookie Fairy Bomb
  • Pedometer Challenge on inpatient general medicine wards
  • Outdoor hikes around New Haven
  • Weekly Yoga
  • Biking/Running Groups

Other YPC Sponsored Wellness Initiatives

In addition to the YPC IM Wellness Initiatives (above) provided through the IM Wellness group, the Yale Primary Care Program also sponsors the following wellness initiatives:


  • Annual Intern Retreat
  • Annual PGY2 Retreat
  • Medicine and the Arts Events
  • Weekly Intern Support Group
  • Scheduled Intern Wellness Visits with our Employee Assistance Program
  • End of Block Parties
  • Resident Appreciation Day

References:
Physician Resilience and Burnout: Can You Make the switch? Fam Pract Manag. 2013 Jan-Feb:20(1):25-30.