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 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.
- One-minute survey that assesses six dimensions of well-being
- Confidential, online self-assessment
- Benchmark data relative to national peers and colleagues
- mmediate results paired with local and national resources that promote well-being
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. Efforts align with Spectrum Health’s system-wide wellness initiatives through the Office of Physician and APP Fulfillment (internal link).
Initiatives focus on four areas:
- Personal Resilience
- Culture of Wellness
- Professional fulfillment
- Mental health support
- Resident lounges are stocked with healthy snacks
- A workout room for only residents and fellows has workout equipment and wellness space
- Resident and fellows are encouraged to attend medical, dental, and mental health appointments regularly – Use Find a Doc to find a primary care physician and the Spectrum
- Health App for 24/7/365 primary care and therapy video visits
- MyConcierge is a benefit provided to all Spectrum Health physicians that can help you with personal activities such as picking up dry-cleaning, sending flowers and mailing packages - contact MyConcierge by phone (616) 486-7400 or email Myconcierge@spectrumhealth.org
- Residents and fellows are invited to participate in all Spectrum Health employee wellness events, classes and programs
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.
Here are some examples of how Encompass can assist:
- 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
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:
- 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
To learn more about Encompass, visit www.encompasseap.com (username: spectrum) or contact them by email@example.com or phone at 800.788.8630.
Spectrum Health NOW 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.
- 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. To learn more aboutEncompass, visit www.encompasseap.com (username: spectrum) or contact them by email firstname.lastname@example.org or phone at 800.788.8630.
- Mindfulness is an effective resiliency tool. Test yourself with this Mindfulness Quiz.
- Stress management: Take this Stress Screen to assess and learn tips on stress management.
DIMENSIONS: Work & Well-Being Toolkit for Physicians
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.