Spectrum 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 well-being.
We recognize that residents are at high risk for burnout. This can be associated with depression and other psychologic concerns. If you are struggling, please reach out to your chief residents, program coordinators or program directors. You are also strongly encouraged to take advantage of our employee assistance program, Encompass.
Our resident and fellow wellness subcommittee works to foster a culture of wellness, support and collaboration in which Spectrum Health residents and fellows can thrive. Initiatives focus on these four areas:
- Building community and camaraderie
- Professional fulfillment
- Mental health support
The subcommittee meets regularly and all residents, fellows and faculty are invited to join the group. Please email resident wellness to get involved and keep an eye out for our monthly newsletter!
- Resident lounges are stocked with healthy snacks
- Join the Grand Rapids Sport and Social Club to stay active and have fun!
- Visit Find a Doc to find a primary care physician. Use MedNow for convenient scheduling and e-visits. We encourage all residents to take time to care for their own mental and physical health. All residents are encouraged to have a primary care physician and dentist.
- MyConcierge is a free service provided to Spectrum Health physicians. It can help you with personal activities such as, picking up dry-cleaning, sending flowers, mailing packages, etc.
- Enjoy discounts provided by hundreds of local and national businesses for Spectrum Health employees
- Practical Medicine 101 - An educational and social event series that focuses on topics that are not typically taught in residency such as job acquisition, contracts and negotiations, medical malpractice, financial wellness, etc.
- 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, while showing you a great time. Each month there are three events: 1) Resident Recreation for residents/fellows and significant others 2) Med Mates for significant others of residents/fellows, and 3) Kids Time for the entire family.
- Wellness Week - Week-long celebration of appreciation and wellness for our residents. Last year included, yoga, culinary medicine, dodgeball, social events and a Grand Rapids Griffins hockey game.
- Wellness Events - Various wellness events are ongoing throughout the year.
Physician and APP Mini Grant Program: The Physician and APP Mini Grant Program provides physicians and APPs an opportunity to brainstorm and propose innovative ideas to improve and impact work-life balance. Select ideas will be funded and implemented.
- Stress management, grief, and loss
- Professional coaching services
- Marriage & family relationship counseling
- Mental Health
- Violence & Crisis
- Child Care/Elder Care resources & referrals
- Legal Services & Financial Counseling
- Online forms & document templates ready for use
- Masonic Center Building (Downtown Grand Rapids) | 233 East Fulton St. Ste 126
- East Beltline (The Pines Office Park) | 4829 East Beltline Ave. NE, Bldg 1
- Spectrum Health South Pavilion | 80 – 68th St SE, Ste 302B
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. Here are some you will become familiar with:
- Maslach Burnout Inventory - Confidential assessment tool available to all Spectrum Health residents and fellows
- Well-being Index: The 7-question Well-Being Index was invented by the Mayo Clinic for residents and fellows as a validated screening tool to evaluate fatigue, depression, burnout, anxiety/stress, and mental/physical quality of life.
- Depression Screening: Residents and fellows are at higher risk for depression than the general population. It is important to identify and get the help you need. Assess yourself for depression with this screening tool. If you have concerns about your results, counseling and support is available 24/7 through Encompass.
- Mindfulness is an effective resiliency tool. Test yourself with this Mindfulness Quiz.
- Stress management: How are you handling your stress? Take this Stress Screen to assess and learn tips on stress management.
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.