Resident Wellness Program

Activities

Recreation Club/ Monthly Wellness Activities

This recreational program provides residents with an opportunity for personal growth, well-being, and fulfillment. Fun and exciting activities range from soccer games, basketball games, bowling, hiking, biking, camping, obstacle runs, kayaking, white water rafting, river tubing, laser tag, horseback riding, rock climbing, zip-lining, snowboarding/skiing, yoga, painting, and seasonal festivities to anything else we can think of. This club is designed for people with varying interests and experience levels and provides a mix of activities that can be enjoyed by all. Bring your loved ones along for the ride, and let’s enjoy our time together!

Resident Meetings

The Residency Training Committee meetings are held monthly when the representatives of each PGY class come together to meet with the Residency Administration officials.  In addition, each class regularly meets as a group with the chief residents and associate program directors. These frequent meetings foster open communication, provide an opportunity for the residents to set their own agenda, allow issues to be addressed in a timely manner and changes to be implemented promptly, and empower the residents to stay involved. 

Resident Retreat

The Psychiatry Residency Program hosts a full-day annual retreat in the spring. Residents are excused from all clinical duties during this time. The retreat provides an opportunity for residents to come together in one location and get to know one another in a relaxing, social, non-clinical setting. 

The goals of the retreat are outlined as follows:

  • To provide a venue for resident bonding within and between classes
  • To create a platform that encourages intellectual curiosity, emotional openness, and self-awareness in residents
  • To provide a formal opportunity for residents to reflect on their growth as individuals, as professionals, and as leaders
  • To foster a sense of co-ownership of the program in residents by reviewing all aspects of the program and eliciting evaluations in a constructive, solution-oriented approach

Seminars are offered on personal and professional development during the retreat. In addition, residents are encouraged to discuss their experiences over the year and offer suggestions for changes, as well as bring up new and innovative ideas to add to the program. There are also indoor and outdoor challenge courses designed to foster team-building skills and camaraderie among residents.


Mentoring

Welcome Dinner for PGY-Is

In addition to the official Intern Orientation Day where the interns learn about the logistics of their upcoming year, a welcome dinner is hosted in the program director’s home for the incoming interns. This intimate setting offers an opportunity for the interns to become better acquainted with each other as well as with the key administration officials (program director, associate program directors, program coordinator, chief residents) on a more personal level.

Peer Mentoring

In addition to multiple avenues for resident support and wellness that are available in the GW psychiatry program, we have a “Buddy” mentorship program for the interns to be paired up with senior residents. This system enables the interns to benefit from the seniors' perspectives on dealing with the challenges of moving to a new city, becoming a doctor, and navigating each training year’s own rewards and challenges, in addition to planning social gatherings and optimizing resident wellness. 

Meet-The-Faculty Lunch Series

As part of the residency program's continued efforts to support faculty-resident interaction, the Meet-the-Faculty lunch series is held weekly throughout the first half of the year. The program’s goal is to facilitate the opportunity for interns and residents to personally meet with each core faculty member in the department by bringing the faculty directly to them!  In this forum, faculty can get to know each resident in a casual atmosphere, and share with the residents their own educational backgrounds, clinical experiences, areas of interest/expertise, as well as any current academic projects they may be working on. This is a great way for interns and residents to network and find research or other mentorship opportunities by identifying faculty who have similar interests.


Resident Wellness

Lerner Health and Wellness Center

The Lerner Health and Wellness Center is located at 2301 G Street, NW, Washington, DC 20052. There is an annual membership fee that may be paid through payroll deduction. Hours of operation can be obtained by calling 202-994-1522. Additional information can be found on the Lerner Health and Wellness Center website.

Mental Health Services

In addition to the counseling services that are offered through the Office of Graduate Medical Education (GME Policy on Resident Counseling Services), the department has created a confidential channel for the residents to obtain affordable access to mental health services in the community. Residents who are interested in these services are to contact Dr. Cheryl Collins, who can further facilitate this process.

Resources

Stress Management
Mindfulness (www.mindfulness.com/)
Meditation
Nutrition
Preventing Burnout