In 2018, we developed a formal resident wellness program. The initiatives for this program come directly from results of anonymous surgery resident surveys that are administered at the end of each year. Since implementing this program, we have secured a dedicated resident work space near the OR, created protected wellness/admin time and developed a collaboration with family medicine to improve primary care access.
In addition, the entire Graduate Medical Education (GME) community is committed to improving resident wellness. There is a full-time GME resident wellness director, who helps each program with wellness initiatives. To coincide with these initiatives, GME opened a resident wellness/downtime space that includes amenities like a gym, yoga room, foosball table, video games and a functional kitchen.