School of Medicine

Internal Medicine Residency

Wellness

At the University of Utah, we are committed to our residents' wellness. We are fortunate to have our institution as a committed partner. We continue to look at all variables that contribute to physician wellness starting with work environment and including social support, resiliency building, and culture.

Examples of some of the initiatives we have in play: 

Building Social Support

Before starting clinical rotations, the program arranges for all interns to spend two nights camping in Zion National Park as part of intern orientation. This is an amazing experience that allows trainees to connect with fellow colleagues and the Chief Medical Residents, all while enjoying the beauty and splendor of this unique national park. We hold +1 week group breakfasts at the beginning of the year to promote relationship connections. We have multiple residency-sponsored social events throughout the year that varies to appeal to all interests.

Work Environment

As a program, we aim to consistently evaluate and address organizational contributors to resident wellness. To accomplish this, we monitor work environments to identify areas for improvement and hold monthly feedback sessions with residents to discuss opportunities to improve program processes and systems. We listen to our residents and make thoughtful changes to our curriculum, schedules, and clinical rotations to maximize resident education and well-being. Examples of changes made as a result of resident feedback include: 

  1. Reduced patient capacity for general medicine teams at IMC
  2. Increased number of residents working in the CVICU
  3. Updated paging system
  4. Expansion of peer-mentoring programs

Social Events

The residency program leadership hosts several events throughout the year, in addition to a number of resident coordinated events.  Please see the timeline below for an overview of these events/experiences our residents enjoy.

June 
  • Intern class camping trip to Zion National Park
  • Pride Parade
  • Graduation Party
July 
  • Pioneer Day BBQ
  • Breakfast club with Program Director and CMR
August through October 
  • IM Mountain Challenge
  • Trivia night
November
  • Wear Red for World AIDS Day
December 
  • Fellowship match party
  • IM Holiday party
  • Resident ugly sweater party
January
  •  Philanthropy night
February 
  • End of recruitment celebration
March 
  • Intern rock climbing wellness event
  • Trivia Night
April 
  • Senior Scholarship day
May 
  • Senior night
  • Ladies’ Night with Dr. Milne

Resiliency Building

Throughout the year, several noon conferences and afternoon seminars will be dedicated to the subject of wellness and resiliency. From reflective writing to yoga to meditation sessions, we provide opportunities for our residents to explore ways to build resiliency. We have an indoor rock-climbing program that is free to all interns. During one of the Thursday afternoon seminars, trainees will learn how to belay and climb at one of the premiere rock-climbing gyms in Salt Lake City. This opportunity provides team building and an opportunity to reflect on the similarities between learning a new sport and learning how to be a doctor. We hope that this course provides trainees not only with a fun experience and belay certification, but also with the tools to regulate emotions in a high stress environment. We have multiple philanthropic opportunities throughout the year to provide community service and team building/social time for our residents.

Self Care

We offer personal half days on outpatient rotations so that residents can take care of personal health needs such as doctors' appointments and dental visits. We have GME-dedicated licensed therapists to offer counselling and care 100% confidential and free to all housestaff.