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.
- 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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- 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
- Move into Mindfulness Program (WU)
- Mindfulness Apps
- 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 purchase.
- 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)
- New WU Care primary care clinic for WU employed trainees
- Our Care BJC Employee Health Clinic
- Fatigue Countermeasures
- Fatigued House Staff Reimbursement Request form (pdf)
- 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.
- Washington University Medical Center Noon time aerobics classes
- WashU group fitness classes at Olin Residence Hall– $32 for 8 weeks of unlimited classes. Free if a Sumers Rec member. Class schedule posted on the site.
- Discounted Gym Memberships for WU employees (see list at Wellness Connection)
- 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
- 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 child care – for Wash U employed trainees. Must register dependents before care can be provided. 15 uses per family per year.
- Lactation room program
- Pregnancy and Lactation Resources for GMEC Trainees
- 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
- Time Management Coaching – Jill Farmer
- 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
- Financial and Estate Planning Resources
- 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
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.