UVA Anesthesiology Resident Wellness Program
PRISM: Promoting Resilience & Integrated Stress Management
Our goal for the Anesthesiology Resident Wellness Program is to help our trainees to find better overall balance in their busy lives. Our curriculum is multi-faceted and is focused on learning about work-life balance, developing coping mechanisms for stress, creating opportunities for development of resilience, improving trainee engagement, emotional well-being, collegiality, professionalism and patient care.
- CA1 Resident Retreat: at the beginning of the CA1 year, held off-campus with goal of bringing together all CA1 residents for a time of fun and fellowship, but also learning how to cope with the stress of residency and to be successful through the process.
- POD Program: Groups of 3-4 residents of each clinical training level along with 1-2 faculty to not only provide peer to peer mentorship, but faculty mentorship as well. PODS meet at least once quarterly to check in with one another, and to facilitate growth and wellness throughout residency.
- Quarterly Thursday Wellness Check-Ins: Each quarter we pick a theme (Physical, Mental, Professional, Social) to focus on for short didactic/workshop presentations along with time to reflect, participate, talk, interact regarding events in the residency. Workshops include preparation for fellowship, practice, financial planning, team building, resilience training, coping with stress and management of difficult outcomes.
In addition, the UVA Graduate Medical Education community is committed to the well-being of its trainees and has developed a website of resources: