Residency Wellness Committee
The Residency Wellness Committee (RWC) was founded in 2011. A unique committee among residencies across the country, the RWC seeks to ensure the continuation of a wellness culture amongst the emergency medicine residency.
The specific goals of the Resident Wellness Committee are as follows:
- Promote a healthy work-life balance.
- Provide physical, psychological, social and professional wellness education.
- Maintain a peer support and advocacy network for the residents.
The Resident Wellness Committee is resident driven! Comprised of residents from each PGY class, voted by their peers and faculty. With the assistance of faculty members elected by the residency, the RWC plans quarterly social events focusing on specific wellness topics and forging camaraderie among faculty and residents.
Events have included biking on the lake, bonfires, trips to the zoo, White Elephant holiday party, Private Yoga lesson. Leadership feels that the RWC is integral to maintaining resident wellness, and as a result, the RWC benefits from Residency funding for these events.
Also, the committee offers a safe environment for voicing any resident concerns in an anonymous fashion. After an issue has been initially communicated, the committee arranges repeated “check-ins” to make sure concerns are addressed appropriately.
The University of Chicago Emergency Medicine Residency Program wishes to offer our resident physicians the staff and resources to promote wellbeing in and out of the hospital through all three years of training.