Critical Care Medicine | Fellowship Program | Wellbeing

Wellness

Washington University and the Division of Pediatric Critical Care promotes investment in the overall wellbeing of our trainees. Many wellness resources can be found through Washington University’s Wellness Connection. A few of the other resources available to help our fellows throughout their training are described below.


Peer Support

Most, if not all, clinicians experience an adverse event during their career. Such an experience is stressful, isolating, and can trigger emotions like anxiety, depression, guilt, and/or embarrassment. You are not alone. Colleagues at Washington University School of Medicine, who have been through similar events, are trained to provide peer support. The goal of peer support is to help get you back to what you do best - provide excellent care for your patients.


Washington University Employee Assistance Program (EAP)

The EAP offers support to all Washington University/Barnes-Jewish Hospital employees and their significant others or immediate family members in finding resources for everything from health and mental health services to home improvement, legal and financial services, and even party planning. They also offer access to backup child and elder care.


Family and other resources


Safety

Security is always available to escort you to your vehicle. Additionally, for post-call fellows that aren’t able to drive home due to fatigue, The University offers Scooter Guy, a driver service available to residents and fellows at Washington University School of Medicine, Barnes-Jewish Hospital, and Children’s Hospital. Our goal is to ensure a safe and efficient way for medical staff to get home after any shift.


Affiliated Fitness Resources

  • Danforth gym: $200 annual membership
  • BJC WellAware Center (located in the public health building)
    • $50 initiation fee, $13.50 per pay period after first three months of employment
    • Personal trainers and classes available
  • Free yoga, Mondays 4-5 p.m., SLCH
  • SLCH housestaff-faculty basketball
  • SLCH housetaff softball team

Social Activities

  • Cardinals baseball tickets will be made available periodically to fellows that are in good standing with conferences, duty hours, procedure logs etc.
  • Divisional happy hours are hosted periodically
  • Jenny Duncan hosts an annual fellow holiday gathering
  • There is a division winter party each year and a graduation party every June

Benefits

Fellows receive three weeks of paid vacation per year, as well as time and funding to give presentations at scientific meetings. Additionally, fellows have the opportunity to apply for additional funds for coursework or research support which directly supports their scholarly activity and career development. Institutional benefits information can be found at the Human Resources site.

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