Wellness

Mission

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.

Major Goals

  • 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

 

         

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COVID-19 Outbreak Resources and Tips

Find Washington University and Washington University School of Medicine updates at coronavirus.wustl.edu

We recognize that this is an overwhelming time and are actively working to provide additional resources of support. We have generated some initial tips for attending to your well-being during this difficult time – Tips for Attending to Wellness during COVID (pdf). Also, see this “COVID Cabin Fever” suggestion list – this was created by the IM/EM groups. Anyone is welcome to add to it so shared ideas and resources are available to everyone.

Message from GME Director of Wellness to our trainees (March 21, 2020)

Family and Childcare Needs

Mental Health Resources

  • Department of Psychiatry COVID-19 emotional support hotline (M-F, 8am – 7pm): 314-286-1700.
  • Coping with Covid Resources
  • All fellows and residents WU EAP 24/7 – 844-365-4587 to access a Guidance Consultant
  • BJC residents/fellows – BJC expanded support:
    • Emotional Support Line: 314-747-7493, for employees and family members, currently 8am – midnight M-F, but likely expanding to 7 days a week as tomorrow, and goal to get to 24/7. These are licensed counselors trained in trauma.
    • BJC EAP – 888-505-6444: 24/7 counselors, also now have appointments that can be scheduled 7 days a week until midnight. Free appointments. Can schedule them online from the BJC EAP website or call
    • BJC EAP will also coordinate peer support with the WeCare program – you can either call and request, or request online via the Contact Us link on https://www.bjceap.com/
  • Behavioral Health Response Hotline: 24/7 Crisis line – 800-811-4760
  • Washington University psychologists for the medical and graduate students have made themselves available for therapy in the event Dr. Cabral cannot see you in a timely fashion. They can be contacted via email:
  • Physician Peer Support Program
  • ACGME podcast – coping in the early surge period of COVID

Additional options for virtual support

    • Sanvello Premium – now free. Sanvello is an evidence-based mobile care solution created by clinical experts that allows you to access on-demand help for stress, anxiety, and depression. Sanvello uses clinically validated techniques such as cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) that are designed to work together to help you learn how to feel happier.
    • 7cups is a site that offers 24/7 live chat support with trained peer listeners for free (pay for professional counseling). It offers an anonymous place to get out some emotions and be supported non-judgmentally
    • MoodGym – Guided self help program to help people manage anxiety and depression. ($39 for 12 months)
    • Talkspace (starting at $65/week) lets you connect with a therapist and text or video/audio chat at will. It’s consistently one of the highest reviewed
    • Betterhelp (starting at $40/week) is another site/app that will match you with a counselor and provide live chat sessions

Mindfulness – for reducing stress and anxiety

Several apps available:

  • Meg Krecji is has several mindfulness options for residents and fellows – see the Move into Mindfulness site for additional details. This includes new drop in sessions weekly, a 30 minute Mindful Connection zoom session – just for residents and fellows, and sessions for kids.
  • Headspace, that is offering free meditation practices for providers (physicians and APPs) with an NPI. They also have other free services available.
  • 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.
  • Stop, Breathe Think. An app focused on targeting interventions to the way you tell it you’re feeling. Free with in-app purchases
  • Insight Timer. Free, with content for kids too and thousands of guided meditations
  • The Resilient Option is offering free unlimited access to their online program. Use Resilience100 as the coupon code at the checkout.

Fitness

  • Virtual Fitness classes at Move by BJC  – $10/month virtual membership and 7 day free trial
  • DownDog apps (HIIT, Barre, Yoga, 7min workout) are free through July if you have a .edu address.
  • Peloton – free 90 day trial for the app (no bike or treadmill required)
  • Active by POPSUGAR app – now available for free with hundreds of workouts

Educational Resources

  • Library Access: Most of Becker Library’s resources are available online. This includes databasesjournalsand e-books. Full text is available off campus with a VPN connection or a Becker proxy server Becker Library is extending temporary proxy server access to faculty and staff at no charge through June 30 so that people working from home will have full access to our resources. Students already receive proxy access automatically. All School of Medicine faculty, staff and students can simply enter their WUSTL Key on the proxy login screen, no new set-up required.
  • NEJM Resident 360free through Becker, but must be on the WASHU network when they create an account.

Additional Resources

Emotional Health

 

Physical Health
Work-Life Balance and Community Building
Parenting Resources – parenting, lactation and childcare
Professional and Personal Development
Wellness Tips
Personal Outsourcing

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:

TaskRabbit

Fancy Hands

Prepared Meals

Freshly

Fit Flavors

Ful.

Sare Food

Pure Plates STL

Metabolic Meals

Fresh N’ Lean

Basically It Meals

IONutrition

Flavor 360

Mobile Chef Meal Prep

Bombay Tiffin Club

Healthy for Life Meals

Laundry Services

Simply Clean

Happy Nest

Concord Cleaners

Deliveries

Postmates

Grubhub

Doordash

Uber Eats

Grocery Delivery

Instacart

Green Bean Delivery

Shipt

Other Wellness Resources

Local:

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.

National: