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 and comprised of residents from each class. 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, time spent on the beach, bonfires, axe throwing, trips to the zoo, white elephant holiday party, and a private yoga lesson. For the last couple years there has also been a residency sponsored volleyball team, fostering further social opportunities and comradery amongst the residents, faculty, and nursing. Leadership feels that the RWC is integral to maintaining resident wellness, and as a result, the RWC benefits from residency funding for these events.
In the last few years there has also been the creation of “families”, comprised of at least one member of each PGY class and faculty member. Meant to create more opportunities for off shift wellness and the ability to form mentorship for the residents and to share inter class experiences and support each other throughout the year.
The RWC in conjunction with resident leadership also helps to organize quarterly Mentor Rounds, in which faculty members will pick a topic in which to give the residents a chance outside of work to further foster their education of Emergency Medicine. Topics have included finances, academic medicine vs community, and social EM to name a few. Residents find this more informal time to learn about different aspects of Emergency Medicine to be very education and enjoyable experience.
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.