Pediatric Transplant Hepatology | Fellowship | Wellness

One of our fellowship programs’ key initiatives is to promote wellness among our fellows and faculty in order to promote a healthy work environment and to prevent stress and burnout. Our offerings include, but are not limited to the following:

  1. There is a 90-minute monthly GI and Transplant Hepatology fellowship meeting with all fellows, the program directors and program coordinator. As the current rotation schedule limits the amount of time all fellows are together, the first 30 minutes is protected time for the fellows to have lunch and socialize, as well as discuss areas of concern privately, before the program directors and coordinator join the meeting.
  2. Each November, there is a half day, division-wide annual retreat, which focuses on topics such as time management and mindfulness to promote resilience.
  3. There are a division summer/graduation party in late June and a holiday party in December.
  4. Fellows are encouraged to attend medical, mental health and dental care appointments as needed during normal working hours, which will not count toward time off if only a couple of hours in duration.
  5. The Department of Pediatrics offers 10-minute massage sessions for faculty and trainees that they can RSVP to by email. The sessions are located at St. Louis Children's Hospital.
  6. The Department of Pediatrics also offers occasional happy hours off campus for faculty and trainees with complementary food and beverages.
  7. Other institutional wellness initiatives include: weekly yoga session, Friday basketball game, fitness center, child care on campus, professional and personal development resources, WebMD portal, Wellness Connection (28 day stress challenge, mind-body stress reduction program, webinars focused on addressing stress proactively, resources for stress management brown bag sessions wellness roadshow), A Washington University in St. Louis Office of Human Resources Initiative and WUMCHA (Washington University Medical Center Housestaff Auxillary). For more wellness related information, please visit Graduate Medical Education wellness.
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