Today more than ever, physicians are at risk of experiencing occupational hazards such as burnout and distress. ChristianaCare residency programs, the Graduate Medical Education Committee (GMEC), and the Center for Worklife Wellbeing partner to promote resident and fellow health and wellbeing. Individual and organizational wellbeing are understood to be intricately linked. For trainees, healthy clinical learning environments are paramount. Resident wellbeing is a shared responsibility across multiple levels of the organization, including the programmatic, graduate medical education committee (GMEC), and institution.
On a programmatic level, we offer quarterly wellbeing “check-ins” with a palliative care LCSW. During these monthly sessions the fellow will meet at a local coffee shop to debrief and discuss self-care. Our Supportive and Palliative Care team meets every other month for Clinical Supervision, in which emotionally/psychologically difficult cases are discussed as a team under the guidance of a clinical psychologist. We also have a Supportive & Palliative Care Wellness Committee which plans periodic wellness events for team rejuvenation such as sorting food donations at the Sunday Breakfast Mission or going for a Wellness Walk in the community.
Supportive & Palliative Care team wellness event at Sunday Breakfast Mission