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We know that residency training is hard. The University of Utah Family Medicine Residency Program prioritizes wellness as one of its core values. We intentionally integrate wellness throughout the program and curriculum in multifaceted ways.

Wellness-Focused Policies

    • Residency policies and procedures that support wellness:
      • Chiefs serve as resident liaisons to residency leadership
      • Sick Coverage: backup system that does not need to be “paid back”
      • Medical/mental health appointments supported
      • Self-study option and “grace days” allow for missed didactics
      • Rotation schedule planned annually by resident preference
      • Rotation schedule flexibility for maternity/paternity leave
      • Lactation support through blocked clinic time
      • Reimbursed cab fare if unable to safely drive home after work
    • Quarterly faculty advisor meetings address wellness through formal integration of wellness check-ins
    • Residents provide anonymous quarterly feedback to residency program with closed loop communication from chiefs and residency faculty

Wellness-Focused Didactics

    • Wellness Orientation as part of intern orientation establishes wellness as a residency value
    • Intern Support Group
      • Meet weekly for eight months, facilitated by behavioral science faculty
    • Resident “Resilience and Recovery” Group
      • Monthly faculty-led group focusing on stress management and wellness skills
    • Patient Safety Conference
      • Recurring Grand Rounds normalizing difficult patient interactions and situations
    • Residency Retreats/Workshops
      • Self-assess wellness and develop stress management skills
      • Develop effective team leadership and communication skills
      • Cultivate identity as a physician and meaning in medicine

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Nurturing Connections

    • Resident “Families”
      • Each intern is connected with an R2 and R3 big brother/big sister “lineage” to help form connections and ease transition to residency
    • Community outreach integrated into curriculum
      • Connection to the broader community through refugee health fairs, local community gardens, and opportunities for advocacy
    • Social events coordinated by residency
      • Integrates interns into residency and supports global residency community
    • Residency Greats collected and shared at a monthly residency meeting
    • February Surprise gift with handwritten messages annually given by faculty group to each resident
    • Significant Other Orientation to build residents’ partners into the residency community

    To learn how the University of Utah at large supports its residents and employees, follow these links to the GME Wellness Office and the University of Utah Resiliency Center.