Perspective: Resident physician wellness: a new hope.
- Dennis C Lefebvre
- Academic medicine : journal of the Association of…
OBJECTIVE Residents are at a higher risk than the general population for the development of stress-related problems, depression, or suicide. The authors describe a curriculum for educating PGY-1s and residency program directors about physician impairment. METHODS A resident wellness program was established with the goals of preventing resident suicide, encouraging acceptance of treatment where appropriate, preventing self-prescribing, and aiding in stress management. RESULTS The curriculum was rated highly by residents in the areas of program content and usefulness. CONCLUSIONS Residents are receptive to education on physician impairment. Institutional support is necessary for effectively addressing these concerns with trainees.