At the University of Connecticut Family Medicine Department, we strongly believe that wellness in medicine is not simply the absence of burnout, but rather a cornerstone of medical training. We recognize that residency is a uniquely stressful time and are committed to creating a program that produces resilient healthcare providers by teaching about wellness and creating space for it.
Wellness Committee and Wellness Retreats
Our wellness committee arranges for scheduled resident wellness retreats as well as education about ways that wellness can be implemented in day to day life. Residents are encouraged to be a part of this committee to influence how they want their wellness to look. During wellness retreats (which occur 1-2 times per year), the faculty cover all clinical duties to allow the residents to truly take time away from the clinic and hospital.
Every intern starts their residency training at UConn Family Medicine with a month of Intern Enrichment. During this month, interns learn about hospital logistics, get an intro to patient care in the clinic, and participate in a variety of didactics. Just as importantly, they get the opportunity to learn about our wellness resources and to have time to bond together as a class to best support each other going forward.
R1 Support Group
Intern year is a time of great adjustment and it is important to have regular time scheduled to discuss the achievements and challenges of it. R1 support group is a chance for interns to meet monthly in the presence of a couple faculty members (Dr. Perrin as well as Dr. Guajardo from our Behavioral Health department). These sessions are much appreciated as interns are able to come together despite being on different rotations and offer support and understanding to each other.
Second years attend a monthly balint session together, where they are able to explore the interpersonal aspects of patient care.
R3 Support Group
Residents start planning to transition into the role of an independent provider during their last year of residency. During R3 support group, third year residents have monthly meetings with a couple faculty members about how to prepare for this transition (financial management, board prep, applying for jobs) in order to alleviate some stress during this time.
Every resident is assigned a faculty advisor at the start of their training. This advisor periodically checks in with them to help with professional development and offer support. They are also available in between these meetings to address any concerns including wellness.
Free confidential counseling is available to residents, and all residents are given information on how to access this during their training.
Our residents truly enjoy each other’s company. They often find wellness outside of work, and participate in activities together such as karaoke, game night, trivia, hiking, going out to eat, and tubing.