We at the Ventura County Family Medicine Residency program recognize that physician well-being is a priority and yet it can be difficult to strike a balance between work load and nourishing time/space as a resident. As a county safety net health system, our residents are integral to the functioning of our hospital and gain an invaluable training experience in their role. But we also recognize that this work load can be one factor in burnout and exhaustion.
We are actively working on resident physician work force modifications, education on joy in medicine and curricular changes that take into account the system factors of burnout.
During intern orientation, our in-house mindfulness experts offer a practical mindfulness skills training to establish foundational well-being tools.
FACILITATED REFLECTION SESSIONS
Each class meets together monthly, facilitated by a dedicated faculty member and behavioralist, to engage in deeper conversations or teambuilding activities.
ANNUAL ALL-RESIDENT RETREAT
Attendings cover the residents work for a weekend every year so the residents can all go away to a retreat center to bond and disconnect from residency duties for a while.
MINI WELLNESS GRANTS
Residents can apply for grants to facilitate resident-led activities that promote well-being.
WELLNESS ROOM IN HOSPITAL
A private resident-only space to unwind, containing exercise equipment, a massage chair, and other comfy furniture.
CONFERENCE CURRICULAR TOPICS
Lectures and workshops on physician mistakes, ambiguity in medicine, outpatient practice efficiency and self-compassion, to name just a few.
UNIVERSAL INDIVIUALIZED LEARNING PLANS
Every resident begins to customize their educational journey during orientation, and the plans develop in regular 1:1 meetings with faculty advisor throughout residency.
Residency leadership is collaborating with hospital administration to institute system-wide to facilitate multidisciplinary conversations about the emotional side of health care.