Residents receive support from both a structured wellness curriculum, as well as informal support from their co-residents, faculty, and program leadership. Both categorical programs, graduate medical education at UNMC as well as the Med-Peds program itself have their own structured wellness curriculum. The overarching goal of this curriculum is to ensure that residents are fulfilled in their work, develop resiliency and skills to cope with difficult patient encounters, long work hours, and challenging situations; and that residents are able to have a balance between their work and outside relationships and passions. The goal of this curriculum is that our residents don’t just survive residency, they thrive in residency and feel prepared for their future medical career.

Structured Curriculum:  

  • We are EXCITED to announce on having our very own Med-Peds Wellness Group

  • Annual wellness presentation at med-peds monthly conference 

  • “Burn Out” survey and check in at 6 month evaluations with PD or APD 

  • Every other month during Fontenelle (Med-Peds)continuity clinic we have dedicated time to discuss wellness and check in with clinic faculty  

  • Annual financial lecture to assist residents in their own financial health

Graduate Medical Education:  
  • Centrally located House Officers Association (HOA) lounge with food and drinks, conference room, computers and workspace, yoga room, lactation room, meditation room, showers and exercise equipment  

  • Daily $8 on meal cards (can be used at cafeteria, Starbucks or convenience store) 

  • Preferential parking for house officers 

  • Free fitness facility options 

  • House Officer Assistance Program (HOAP) which is a cost free, confidential program available to all University of Nebraska Medical Center House Officers and their partners who are experiencing work and/or personal life stressors 

  • HOA committee picnics and social events 

Internal Medicine:  

The Internal Medicine Resident Life Program seeks to build the programs comradery and cohesiveness, providing social events, networking sessions, mentorship groups, and interactive conferences to promote individual wellness both at work and at home. Guided by the 8 domains of wellness, this flexible group is able to respond to current resident needs and provide support during their training. 

  • Wellness noon conference (monthly) covering a variety of topics including

  • Biopsychosocial goal setting and wellness introduction

  • Physical wellbeing

  • Emotional health, burnout, and resilience

  • Social relationships including family, partner, and colleague

  • Spiritual wellbeing

  • Financial health and managing finance-related stressors

  • Professional wellbeing

  • Second victim

  • Improving efficiency

  • Resident Chronicles (every other month)

  • Debriefing sessions with select faculty to garner a confidential outlet to discuss the stressors, successes and pitfalls across our medical training

  • Class Retreats

  • Protected retreats each year to help guide you in each level of your training to get the most out of your residency 

  • Weekly Wellness Messages

  • Wellness ½ days twice a year to give residents an opportunity to go to doctors’ appointments, meetings, etc.

  • Donuts or treats when halfway through the month as well as monthly birthday cupcakes or cakes.  

  • Significant Others Group 

  • Buddy groups to help link residents of all classes

  • Monthly debriefing conference where residents can discuss stressors and difficult cases under supervision of select faculty members and senior residents. These meetings are also scheduled as needed when challenging patient encounters/deaths occur that involved residents. 

  • Town Hall meetings monthly 

  • Monthly wellness noon conference, which vary by the month. Previous activities have included coffee bar day, charades based on developmental milestones, team jeopardy, and presentation on residents/chiefs on their interests outside of medicine. 

  • Class retreats to help facilitate bonding between residents in each class, their families, and program leadership. These retreats provide formal presentations that vary with the level of training as well as social events.  

Informal Support:  

Our residents and faculty have created an environment to foster wellness and a healthy and supportive learning environment. Some of the ways that we go about this include:  

  • Informal hangouts with residents in each med-peds class and significant others 

  • Backyard BBQs, game nights, dinners/drinks, zoo trips, TopGolf, Durham museum, etc.

  • Group message chats between med-peds residency program as well as chats with each categorical program. These serve as a way to get resident feedback, get quick answers to questions and make your co-residents laugh.

  • Celebration of birthdays, babies, weddings/engagements 

Faculty members are also a consistent support throughout your four years of training, including clinic preceptors, Med-Peds faculty, Dr. Johnson (APD), Dr. Ashford (PD) as well as our amazing program coordinators in all three programs. These people know you well and are supportive of emotional and professional growth!