In the Henry Ford Department of Emergency Medicine, we are committed to supporting our residents’ wellbeing. It is essential that residents develop multiple modalities to help maintain wellness so they can be successful during their residency and their future career. Our department has many ways that we help each resident along their journey to achieve wellbeing.
We have an active Wellness Committee which all residents are invited to participate on. This committee helps drive most of our wellness initiatives, from social gatherings and research opportunities, to pick up sports and visits from therapy dogs.
Our residency takes a longitudinal approach to education on topics related to physician wellbeing. Topics are covered during lectures throughout the year, as well as during our Wellness Day. Wellness Day also provides an opportunity for residents to decompress, bond and relax in a setting outside of the hospital. Other wellness events that we host include story telling and journaling sessions. Once yearly our journal club is also focused on a wellness topic.
When physical distancing is not necessary, our department also supports numerous activities outside of the workplace. There is large holiday party in December for all ED staff. We have a playful residents vs faculty series of athletic competitions called the Boulevard Cup (volleyball, flag football and kickball.) We also have hosted a yearly winter skate downtown as well as group outings to professional sports games. During COVID we have worked to continue small outdoor activities with appropriate social distancing and mask use.
Our Graduate Medical Education Department and health care system have a strong wellness program. We have an institutional Director of Physician Wellness who organizes a monthly hospital-wide wellness lecture series. In addition to this, our system offers a longstanding lecture series called Schwartz Rounds which also occurs monthly. A selected panel of providers from all aspects of health care share stories and lead a discussion about a variety of topics.
GME has increased the PTO day allotment for residents to have time to prioritize taking care of themselves, such as making it easier to schedule doctors appointments. Our residents receive a $1500 yearly stipend for food at the hospital that goes on your resident badge. Finally, GME provides rides home after call shifts and will provide call rooms if requested.
The hospital has a physician athletic league. There are intramural leagues for soccer, volleyball, basketball and softball pitting your favorite EM department against the other departments. Yoga sessions are provided multiple times weekly for providers.
We understand not everyone will be able to use the same approach to their wellness. We also know wellness is a long term commitment that all physicians will have to work on throughout their career. We try to provide numerous opportunities and tools that allow you explore and find the best approach for you. Our program and our healthcare system prioritize the wellness of our physicians, and significant resources are dedicated to this important mission.