Corewell Health is committed to the wellness of our residents and fellows. Being a physician is a higher calling and honorable profession. It can be extremely rewarding, yet emotionally and physically exhausting. Psychological, emotional and physical well-being are critical in the development of the competent, caring and resilient physician. We are dedicated to improving the learning environment to achieve a culture of respect and accountability for physician wellness.
We recognize that residents are at high risk for burnout. Burnout effects the quality of patient care and causes emotional distress for the individual. All residents and fellows are encouraged to regularly take the Well-Being Index (internal link). Once per year, residents will have protected time to take this assessment and debrief the results.
Our resident and fellow wellness subcommittee works to foster a culture of wellness, support and collaboration in which Corewell Health residents and fellows can thrive. Efforts align with Corewell Health’s system-wide wellness initiatives through the Office of Physician and APP Fulfillment (internal link).
Initiatives focus on four areas:
At Corewell Health, we recognize the importance of mental and physical health. Here are some examples and resources offered at Corewell Health for residents and fellows:
Corewell Health is committed to building a culture of wellness through events and programming that support community and camaraderie.
Program Retreats: Each year residency programs spend a day off site to relax, discuss topics of well-being and participate in team building activities to strengthen relationships
Club Med: A program that provides activities for residents, fellows and their families. This program acts as a support system to help acclimate you with West Michigan. Each month there are three events; resident recreation for residents/fellows and significant others, Med Mates for significant others of residents/fellows and Kids Time for the entire family.
Annual intern welcome event: The event includes all new interns, residents, faculty and staff of the Office of Research and Education.
The Wellness Newsletter: This regular communication keeps residents and fellows informed of all wellness and social events through the year.
Business Medicine Rotation: A two-week elective rotation available to all Corewell Health residents and fellows. The goal of the rotation is to learn about business and leadership opportunities in the field of medicine and to gain experience navigating an outpatient office, large health care system, and/or an academic medical center.
Practical Medicine 101: An educational and social event series teaches topics not typically covered in residency such as job acquisition, contracts and negotiations, medical malpractice, financial wellness, etc. Dinner is provided, and significant others are encouraged to attend.
Schwartz Rounds: Confidential, facilitated sessions where health care providers and employees can safely discuss the emotional and social issues they face in patient care.
CISM: The Critical Incident Stress Management team is a group of trained facilitators available to facilitate confidential debriefing sessions after a critical patient event.
Encompass is our employee assistance program and your link to free information, resources, confidential support, and referrals on most any concern that you may experience, whether personal or work related.
Here are some examples of how Encompass can assist:
Encompass provides seven free sessions per family member. They have extended in-person hours and offer phone and virtual consultation too. There are 15 locations available with three locations in downtown Grand Rapids:
Behavioral Health Services: Individuals experiencing non-emergent symptoms, such as anxiety, stress, grief, sadness or depression have access virtually to a licensed master social worker within 48 hours. Services are available to anyone in Michigan in partnership with Pine Rest Christian Mental Health Services, a psychiatric hospital and behavioral health provider. Contact them at 844.322.7374 (Option 3)
Program Wellness Sessions: Each year our residents and fellows participate in wellness curriculum lead by a wellness program champion. Sessions include didactic and small group work. Topics have included burnout, resiliency tools, and physician depression and suicide.
There are different assessment tools available to residents and fellows that help assess their individual risk for burnout, fatigue, depression and mental/physical quality of life.
DIMENSIONS: Work & Well-Being Toolkit for Physicians was developed by the University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus, School of Medicine, Behavioral Health and Wellness Program, in September, 2014. The University of Colorado Anshultz Medical Campus School of Medicine has given us permission to utilize their program. A selection of tools are available for download below.