The GME Wellness Program aims to improve resident and fellow well-being. We develop individual and organizational strategies to improve trainee health, reduce stress and burnout, and enhance the joy and meaning in their work.
Supporting a Fair Environment (SAFE)
Wash U is dedicated to a work and learning environment characterized by inclusive excellence, free from behavior that is harassing, threatening or intimidating, where all people witness and experience respect, collegiality and collaboration. Report a professionalism accolade or concern about the learning environment here.
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Resident & Fellow Interest Groups
Find resident and fellow-run groups for activities that interest you. From hiking to board games to Moms in Medicine, there is something for everyone. Join one now or even start one yourself. Click here to find something that’s right for you.
- Register for In Our Words: Connection – our inaugural storytelling event on April 12th
- Check out our STL Transition Resources
- Best practices for programs to support well-being
- Provide free, confidential mental health care
- Assess and monitor burnout and well-being in physicians-in-training
- Develop and disseminate wellness best practices and curriculum for GME
- Improve community building through group initiatives
- Promote a culture of appreciation, inclusivity and psychological safety
- Advocate for resources to meet physiologic needs
- Advocate to address systems factors that impact work efficiency, workload and work-life integration
- Contribute to the broader field through collaboration and scholarship
- GME Wellness Counseling
- GME Psychiatry services- free, confidential, no insurance used
- Office of Drs. Brady, Sultana: (314) 721-3381
- Office of Dr. Shah: (314) 312-2191
- Need to state you are a GME trainee at both practices
- Marvin – a Virtual therapy service: This service is provided for WashU/BJH/SLCH residents and fellows only. You will have to login to Box to access the link to the therapy service. Marvin offers licensed providers who will provide three free therapy sessions for trainees. Additional information is available at the link. These resources are not affiliated with the University and GME Wellness does not endorse or take responsibility for services provided by Marvin,
- Washington University Department of Psychiatry – takes both WashU and BJC insurance plans
- Community providers – this spreadsheet contains a list of area counselors and psychiatrists outside of WUSM/BJH/WU. Insurance information is not always up to date, so you should call to check that if relevant. Providers may also change practice locations without our awareness. These resources are not affiliated with the University and GME Wellness does not endorse or take responsibility for services provided by individuals/agencies listed.
- Clinician Peer Support Program (after adverse events)
- Physician Support Line – offers free and confidential peer support to American physicians and medical students by creating a safe space to discuss immediate life stressors with volunteer psychiatrist colleagues
- Apps for self-care
- Headspace, teaches people the life changing skills of meditation and mindfulness in just a few minutes to help people stress less and focus more and even sleep better.
- 10% Happier, “Meditation for Fidgety Skeptics.” The free part of the app has a good intro into meditation, while the paid part offers personal counseling as well.
- Calm – a great app for sleep, meditation and relaxation. (BJC employees get a $40 discount on a one -year subscription)
- Stop, Breathe Think. An app focused on targeting interventions to the way you tell it you’re feeling. Free with in-app purchase.
- Insight Timer. Free, with content for kids too and thousands of guided meditations
- Mindfulness Coach: Mindfulness means noticing and paying attention to what is going on in the present moment, without passing judgment on it. Mindfulness has been shown to be effective for reducing stress, improving emotional balance, increasing self-awareness, helping with anxiety and depression, and coping more effectively with chronic pain.
- The Resilient Option is offering free unlimited access to their online program. Please use Resilience100 as the coupon code at the checkout.
- COVID Coach: COVID Coach is designed to help you build resilience, manage stress, and increase your well-being during this crisis. The app is free, secure, and helps connect you to important resources for coping and adapting during the COVID-19 pandemic.
- Insomnia Coach: Insomnia Coach is designed for individuals who are suffering from insomnia. The app is based on Cognitive Behavioral Therapy for Insomnia (CBT-i) and provides a training plan and a sleep coach with personal feedback.
- AIMS for anger management: The AIMS app is based on the Anger and Irritability Management Skills online self-help course . The app provides you with education about anger, opportunities for finding support, the ability to create an anger management plan, anger tracking, and tools to help manage angry reactions.
- Crisis relief support: monetary fund available for employees of BJH who have experienced an acute personal or family crisis
- Ten Ted Talks for burnout
- National Suicide Hotline: 800-273-TALK (8255)
- Crisis Text Line: Text HOME to 741741
- St. Louis Behavioral Health Response
- Making the Difference – preventing medical trainee suicide
- Adult PCPs accepting new patients
- Pediatricians accepting new primary care patients (PCP List)
- WU Care primary care clinic for WU employed trainees
- Our Care BJC Employee Health Clinic
- Fatigue Countermeasures
- Fatigued House Staff Reimbursement Request form
- Should I see a Sleep Specialist?
- Online Sleep Modules:
- Washington University Nurse Advocate (for WUSM employed fellows)
- Move by BJC Fitness Center– BJH/SLCH residents pay $32/month, no initiation fee; WU fellows – $36/month + $50 initiation fee
- Danforth Campus – Sumers Recreation Center– WU fellows pay $200/year or $25 monthly, $10 day pass. General parking is free before 7am and after 5pm on weekdays and all day on weekends.
- Discounted Gym Memberships for WU employees (see list at Wellness Connection)
- Discounts for BJC employees related to fitness and well-being
- The Dis-orientation guide: A guide to the city, school and life in St. Louis (written by WU med students)
- Washington University Medical Center Housestaff Auxiliary – organization for all students, residents, fellows and faculty and their significant others. Provides a monthly newsletter of local resources, events, preferred provider lists and more.
- Washington University Wellness Connection – Wellness programs, rewards and other resources
- BJC Wellness resources
- Grocery delivery services:
- Anti-Racism Resources
- STL Transition Resources
- Family care resources – in addition to resources for WU employed trainees, there are many links to additional child care options. Including virtual school support from the YMCA
- Child care on campus
- Brown School CARE list – a student managed list of care providers. The University does not endorse or vet any individuals included on this list. If you contact an individual on this list, you are accepting sole responsibility for your engagement or interaction with that person.
- Backup care – for child and elder care. Available to all WU and BJC trainees. Must create an account and register family members before care can be provided.
- Lactation room program
- Pregnancy and Lactation Resources for GMEC Trainees
- GME Pregnancy Best Practices
- Resources for talking to your kids about COVID-19
- WU Child Psychiatry Resources (pdf)
- BJC – COVID Anxiety in Kids and Teens
- AACAP’s Resource library for useful materials for the pandemic for you and your family
- WU Trauma Response Program – how to talk to children (pdf)
- Journeys in Medicine: Narratives with WUSM Women Faculty. A resident driven collection of interviews with women faculty across Washington University School of Medicine honoring and sharing the unique journeys women face pursuing a career in medicine.
- Anti-Racism Resources
- BJC Learning Institute Courses
- Learning specialists
- Becker Medical Library Services
- English Language Program (ELP) Courses (Office for International Students and Scholars)
- InPRint Editing Services – free scientific editing and schema design
- LGBTQ+ Resources
- Office of Diversity Programs
- Office of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion
- Coaching Resources
- Life coaching for women physicians – Jennifer Erwin
- Physician coaching – DocWorking. Check out their great podcasts too!
- Time Management Coaching – Jill Farmer
- Suggestions for things to do while stuck at home (developed during COVID-19 pandemic)
- Reflective Writing can be helpful in reducing stress and promoting well-being. Consider joining a FREE narrative medicine session with Stanford’s Medicine and the Muse Director of Writing and Storytelling. Sign up here.
- Check out these local podcasts spearheaded by the ObGyn Wellness Champions!
- A Guide to Support the Well-being of Healthcare Personnel During a Time of Crisis – including resources for supporting your physical and mental health and supporting your colleagues
Time is a valuable and finite commodity. With limited personal free time available, it’s important for you to consider how that time is spent and how that impacts your wellness. While there are some tasks that only you can do, a number of things can be outsourced to simplify your life and allocate more time to the things that promote your wellness.
Consider the following when deciding whether or not to outsource:
- How much is your time worth? Outsource tasks that are “cheaper” than the time it would take you to complete the task.
- Outsource the tasks that you dread and procrastinate. The distress associated with tasks that loom on the horizon may be easily resolved by passing it onto someone else.
- Keep the tasks that you enjoy. If you love cooking, for example, find ways to be engaged and present so that you enjoy the process.
Below is a list of tasks that are commonly outsourced. Please note that GME has not screened and does not endorse any of these vendors. Please use your discretion when purchasing goods or services from these resources.
Assistance with Projects:
- Fit Flavors
- Sare Food
- Pure Plates STL
- Metabolic Meals
- Fresh N’ Lean
- Basically It Meals
- Flavor 360
- Bombay Tiffin Club
- Healthy for Life Meals
- Simply Clean
- Happy Nest
- Uber Eats
- Grocery Delivery
- Green Bean Delivery
- WashU Wellness Connection financial wellness talks and workshops – available to anyone with wustl email address
- WashU IM/Peds Financial Lecture Series Talks
The Arts and Healthcare Space open to all healthcare workers – Center for Advanced Medicine- 13th floor, Suite F. Questions, contact Sarah Colby: firstname.lastname@example.org
Employee assistance programs
- BJC HealthCare and St. Louis Children’s Hospital EAP
- BJC/SLCH EAP services counseling, wellness options, legal resources, financial planning, child and elder care consultation, college planning, physician referrals and more
- Washington University EAP
- WashU EAP services includes mental health / psychiatric resources as well as referrals for child/elder care needs, work-life resources with referral lists, legal guidance and financial resources.