Given the increase in physician burnout nationwide, the Parkview residency wellness program was created in 2017 to provide residents tools to prevent and address burnout both in residency and throughout their careers. The goals of the program are to create a culture of wellness, improve resident wellness and decrease burnout, promote resident engagement and leadership in wellness and improve faculty-resident mentoring. The wellness committee is made up of faculty and residents. Each year we set goals and adjust the program to meet the needs of our current residents.

Our program focuses on four main areas: physical well-being, emotional well-being, social/community well-being and professional/academic well-being.

Physical Well-Being:

  • Exercise: access to discounted membership to the on-campus Parkview gym and to the local YMCA, information regarding local teams to join including running clubs, club hockey, softball, soccer, etc.
  • Food: 24 hour access to free food including gluten free and vegan meals
  • Wellness Wednesdays: residents have the option to take one half day off per quarter to attend to wellness needs including medical and dental appointments and it does not go against resident PTO
  • Parkview Wellness Works Program: available to all employees and includes Yoga in the Park, access to paddle boards, heart math program, wellness challenges

Emotional Wellbeing

  • Free counseling services are provided by Parkview Medical Center. The program makes accommodations so residents have easy access to services
  • Didactics sessions are given once a month and have included the following topics:
    • Fatigue Mitigation
    • Emotional Intelligence
    • Resiliency
    • Resiliency Training part 2
    • Mindfulness/Meditation
    • Reflective Journaling
    • Vulnerability in medicine
    • Philosophy in Medicine
    • Suicide/Depression
    • Balance
  • Reflective Clinical Case Discussion Group
    • Residents present a case regarding a difficult patient interaction or emotionally difficult case and faculty mediate a discussion regarding the emotional and interpersonal aspects of the case. There is no discussion regarding the clinical management of the case. The discussion group is run by the residents and is only mediated by faculty if needed. The goal of this discussion group is to provide residents a space for self-reflection and support from peers as well as faculty.

Social/Community Wellbeing

  • The program and faculty run events throughout the year that provide the residents an opportunity to connect in a relaxing and fun environment. Examples of past events include:
    • Resident Welcome Reception
    • Program holiday party
    • Holiday potluck for residents on-call in the hospital
    • Medical jeopardy events
    • Employee family weekend
    • Employee appreciation week
    • Graduation
  • Off campus wellness activities have included
    • Hikes in both Pueblo and Colorado Springs
    • Pumpkin Carving/decorating
    • Multicultural potluck
    • Drive in movies
    • Trivia events
    • Holiday parties
  • Social Guide
    • Residents are provided a guide to Pueblo and the surrounding area
    • Monthly GME wellness newsletter is sent out with up-to-date information on program activities and local events


Professional and Academic Wellbeing

  • Mentorship
    • Faculty Mentors: Each resident is assigned a core-faculty mentor. Residents meet with their mentors at least quarterly and more if needed. Residents have the option to pick their mentors
    • Resident Mentors: Each intern is assigned an upper level mentor to be a resource for them for both the inpatient and in clinic settings
  • Team Building
    • Interns participate in a ropes course during orientation
    • Team building exercises are done during didactics sessions
  • Financial and profession mentoring
    • Residents are given lectures regarding financial topics, resume building, etc.