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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Wellness suggestions

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Emotional Health
  • 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
  • Mindfulness
    • 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
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:

Prepared Meals

Laundry Services

Other Wellness Resources


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.