Session Time: 11:15am-12:45pm
Location: Research Hub - Kiosk 8
Disclosures: Caroline P. Brennick, DO: Nothing to disclose
Objective: Residency can contribute to burnout, a condition of emotional and social exhaustion resulting in decreased work satisfaction, isolation, and neglect of individual wellness. We sought to create a program with structured peer mentorship and purposeful engagement outside of clinical duties to ultimately decrease rates of burnout and promote wellness.
Design: We sought to decrease rates of burnout and promote wellness by increasing social capital via strategically matching junior residents with senior residents forming mentor and mentee relationships.
Setting: A Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation (PM&R) Categorical Residency Program.
Participants: 16 junior PM&R residents assigned to 11 senior PM&R residents.
Interventions: The framework of the program included mentor-mentee check-ins, a personal health inventory exercise, and monthly social gatherings.
Main Outcome Measures: Subjective feedback provided by residents through a series of surveys.
Results: Overall the program has been well-received by the residents as evident through a series of surveys. The program successfully implemented a systematic process of community integration of junior residents into our community, thereby promoting our community’s social capital. The series of surveys revealed other strengths and weaknesses of the program. Further results to be provided.
Conclusions: The program has been well-accepted by both residents and faculty. Future goals include ensuring sustainability of the program. This will be accomplished with support and via a newly appointed wellness chief and wellness committee. We plan to continually assess the program and evolve to meet the residents’ needs. This program may serve as a model for other residency programs to enhance the well-being of the residency experience.
Level of Evidence: Level V
To cite this abstract in AMA style:Brennick CP, Ford AN, Richard M, Pena O, Allred DB. Wellness-Centered Resident Mentorship Program: A Quality Improvement Project [abstract]. PM R. 2019; 11(S2)(suppl 2). https://pmrjabstracts.org/abstract/wellness-centered-resident-mentorship-program-a-quality-improvement-project/. Accessed February 27, 2024.
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