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Orientation Lifelines 2021

We know that residency training is hard. The University of Utah Family Medicine Residency Program prioritizes wellness as one of its core values. We intentionally integrate wellness throughout the program and curriculum in multifaceted ways. To learn how the University of Utah at large supports its residents and employees, follow these links to the GME Wellness Office and the University of Utah Resiliency Center.

Wellness-Focused Policies

    • Residency policies and procedures that support wellness
      • Chiefs serve as resident liaisons to residency leadership
      • Sick Coverage: backup system that does not need to be “paid back”
      • Medical/mental health appointments supported
      • Flexible policy for didactic schedule attendance
      • Rotation schedule flexibility for maternity/paternity leave
      • Lactation support through blocked clinic time
      • Reimbursed ride fare if unable to safely drive home after work
    • Quarterly faculty advisor meetings address wellness through formal integration of wellness check-ins
    • Residents provide anonymous quarterly feedback to residency program with closed loop communication from chiefs and residency faculty

Wellness-Focused Didactics

    • Wellness Orientation
      • Part of intern orientation, this establishes wellness as a residency value
    • Intern Support Group
      • Meet weekly for eight months, facilitated by Behavioral Science Director
    • Resident “Resilience & Recovery” Group
      • Monthly faculty-led group focusing on stress management and wellness skills
    • Patient Safety Conference
      • Recurring Grand Rounds conference that normalizes difficult patient interactions and situations
    • Residency Retreats/Workshops
      • Self-assess wellness and develop stress management skills
      • Develop effective team leadership and communication skills
      • Cultivate identity as a physician and meaning in medicine

Wellness Curriculum Picture

Nurturing Connections

    • Resident “Families”
      • Each intern is connected with an R2 and R3 big/little siblings “lineage” to help form connections and ease transition to residency
    • Community Outreach (integrated into curriculum)
      • Connection to the broader community through refugee health fairs, local community gardens, and opportunities for advocacy
    • Social Events (coordinated by residency)
      • Integrates interns into residency and supports global residency community
    • Residency Greats
      • Recognition that is collected and shared at a monthly residency meeting
    • February Surprise
      • A gift given annually by faculty group to each resident with hand-written messages
    • Significant Other Orientation
      • This meeting is led by the Behavioral Science Director to build residents' partners into the residency community
        Big Little sibs collage