Resident Well-Being

MetroHealth Medical Center’s Graduate Medical Education department is committed to resident and fellow wellness. We promote a healthy work-life balance, encourage peer support among all our programs, and provide a safe and anonymous forum to express concerns and issues. Residency and Fellowship can be an intrinsically stressful time. The residency/fellowship programs allow greater flexibility within an established frame work that permits training in a way that best supports the professional development. The GME office supports resident physician wellness and well-being and offers many support services for our house staff.

Resources

  • The Graduate Medical Education office has an open door policy. The GME Director and DIO are always available and willing to help with any resident concerns or issues. Anonymous emails can be submitted on the GME Sharepoint site.
  • The Medical Staff Assistance Program (MSAP) is a free service available to every member of MetroHealth’s medical and house staff, offering assessment, short-term counseling, referral to community resources, etc. to help you keep your life and career on track. The Director, Dr. Robert Smith, is available to discuss your issues and develop a plan of action. All interactions are private and completely confidential. No information is disclosed without the staff member’s written permission.
  • Psychological and Behavioral Consultants (Psych BC) specializes in outpatient mental health treatment, psychiatric care, counseling, and therapy. They have 6 locations with more than 90 providers in Cuyahoga County and are completely outside the MetroHealth System.
    • MetroHealth insurance plans accepted-deductibles and copayments will apply
    • For further information: https://psychbc.com/, Toll-free: 866-363-6611
  • National Suicide Prevention Lifeline provides 24/7, free and confidential support for people in distress, prevention and crisis resources for you or your loved ones. 1-800-273-8255

MetroHealth's GME will oversee the following within programs:

  • Appropriateness of scheduling to minimize burn out
  • Protecting trainees from non-physician obligations
  • Promoting progressive autonomy
  • Evaluating work place safety
  • Monitoring work place injuries
  • Monitoring physical and emotional well being
  • Mandatory vacation policy
  • Opportunity to attend medical, mental health, and dental care scheduled during work hours
  • Semi-annual monitoring of burnout
  • Implement a culture of eliminating fear of negative consequences to the ill resident unable to provide clinical work

Other Resources Include:

  • Access to confidential mental health assessments, counseling and treatment for urgent and non-emergent care
  • Monthly Resiliency and Mindfulness training
  • MetroHealthy program that rewards employees seeking preventive care measures
  • House Officers Association social events, free movie tickets
  • Monthly Schwartz Rounds
  • Death Rounds
  • Annual education and training on recognition of fatigue mitigation and sleep deprivation
  • Balint Rounds
  • Access to the MetroHealth gym
  • Access to Case Western Reserve University gym
  • Health, dental, vision, and malpractice insurance
  • Discounted Metro gym membership for HOA members
  • Meal Allowance
  • American Heart Association courses
  • Lab coats with laundry service
  • Educational stipends
  • Paid training license renewals
  • Career planning, financial, and contract negotiation seminars
  • Weekly Farmers Market

Self Assessments

Anxiety:  http://www.mentalhealthamerica.net/mental-health-screen/anxiety
Stress: http://www.mentalhealthamerica.net/stress-screener
Work Life Balance:  https://www.mindtools.com/pages/article/newHTE_93.htm

Tools

Physician Wellness: Preventing Resident and Fellow Burnout:  https://www.stepsforward.org/modules/physician-wellness
Improving Physician Resiliency: https://www.stepsforward.org/modules/improving-physician-resilience
What is Resilience: https://blogs.jwatch.org/general-medicine/index.php/2016/07/what-is-resilience/?query=pfw&jwd=000012576033&jspc=IM