Resident Wellness

Resident Wellness has always been an important area of focus in the Greenwich Hospital Residency Program. Increasing rates of suicide, burnout and depression, especially among young physicians, have underscored the importance of incorporating a formal wellness curriculum designed to cultivate a culture of resident wellbeing. We also recognize that during the COVID-19 pandemic, many stressors were magnified.

To that end a resident-led Greenwich Hospital Wellness Council was established, with the following goals:

  • To facilitate camaraderie among residents in both a social and professional setting
  • To raise resident awareness of available resources for mental health and wellbeing
  • To encourage residents to self-identify factors that negatively impact their well-being and to design counter-measures
  • To assist residents in exploring future career options
  • To decrease stress associated with resident responsibilities

Wellness Resources

Food: Residents receive a monthly stipend for food allowances that can be used in the cafeteria. The Wellness Council also provides snacks and beverages for the resident lounge. 

Exercise: There are several local gyms within walking distance of Greenwich Hospital including Equinox, Pure Barre, Soul Cycle, and the YMCA. The YMCA provides discounted memberships for Greenwich Hospital workers.  

Sleep: In addition to 3 updated, private, and clean call rooms to be used while in the hospital, Greenwich Hospital provides subsidized housing to all residents (subject to taxes and utilities). We also provide mandatory lectures on fatigue mitigation.

Ancillary Services: Greenwich Hospital offers outstanding ancillary services with a focus on interdisciplinary relations. The support of nurses, phlebotomy teams, transport, case managers, business associates, pharmacists, and pharmacy technicians allows the resident to focus on the “experience of being a physician” rather than filling other roles.

Medical Education Administrative Support:  Our program coordinator and program administrator oversee and assist with a multitude of tasks, too many to name, in addition to always lending an ear.

Wellness Rounds: Once a month, we offer resident wellness rounds that cover a wide range of topics including resilience, compassion fatigue, meditation, mindfulness, and others. 

Social Events to Enhance Well Being and Decrease Burnout: The resident-led Resident Wellness Council regularly plans events for the residents based on resident interest. Examples of previous gatherings have included end of block get-togethers, beach day, hiking, pumpkin and apple picking, and movie nights. During the COVID-19 pandemic, the Wellness Council planned socially-distanced events such as virtual game night and a movie watch-party in a private theater room. 

Financial Incentives to Prevent Burnout: In addition to providing meal stipends, and subsidized housing (subject to taxes and utilities) as described above, Greenwich Hospital also provides 12 months of free access to the UWorld Questionbank to assist interns in preparing for Step 3. 

Res-Intern Week: Upon completion of the PGY-1 year, all new PGY-2 residents will spend one week side-by-side with PGY-3 residents to “learn the ropes” of becoming a senior resident. This helps avoid the inevitable anxiety associated with becoming the senior resident overnight. 

Call Schedule: The program frequently obtains feedback from residents to adjust and improve the schedules. The inpatient teams are on call every 3-4 days, allowing several free evenings per week. Weekend call for interns includes one “grey” weekend (Saturday overnight shift), one “black” weekend (Saturday and Sunday day shifts), and two “golden weekends” (off on Saturday and Sunday) per month. This allows for greater resident flexibility in their schedules. 

Wellness Afternoons: Residents are given pre-scheduled afternoons off for wellness purposes in addition to their guaranteed 4 weeks of vacation and monthly average of 2 weekends off.

Burnout Identification/Resources 

Wellness Rounds (noted above) allow a format for understanding resources available to prevent and treat burnout. The program director meets with each resident semi-annually for which the residents prepare a self-assessment. In addition, the core faculty at Greenwich Hospital have an “open door” policy, which allow residents to directly bring concerns to their attention. 

Recognizing that work and life comes along with stressors and difficulties, Greenwich Hospital makes confidential and free resources available to residents through the Employee-Family Resources (EFR).  

Employee Family Resources (EFR)

  • Residents may access the EFR 24/7 by calling (877) 275-6226 or going to Six free counseling sessions offered.
  • Other benefits of EFR include: work/life services (child care, parenting, family, and elder support), confidential counseling, legal and financial assistance, and online resources.