Resident Wellness

At BMC, the Graduate Medical Education community is committed to the well-being of its trainees. Residency training can present a variety of challenges to personal and professional well-being, including: emotional and physical exhaustion, heightened anxiety, feelings of inefficacy, and social disconnection. We aim to help residents develop the skills needed to maintain their own wellness as a resident and as a practicing physician.

  • A strong, cohesive culture is a strength of the residency. While the collegiate environment is bolstered mainly by the day-to-day positive interactions between trainees and faculty, the program and department also sponsor regular social events, such as a resident retreat to local recreation center Boda Borg, holiday parties, summer barbecues at the Chair’s house, end-of-block drinks, Women in Neurology group dinners and departmental potlucks.
  • The Resident Mentorship Program – designed to provide residents at all levels with faculty support and guidance as they navigate their residency training,
  • Resident weekly newsletter – TWiN (This Week in Neurology),
  • Lunch provided at weekly didactics,
  • Meal Allowance – all house officers are provided with a meal allowance of $700 per academic year programmed onto the House Officers’ identification badges.
  • Gratitude jars,
  • Mindfulness based stress reduction and skills for individually managing stress,
  • Social events to help with bonding  and socialization,
  • Social media where we celebrate the residency including our Instagram page,
  • NEW! Primary Care appointments during Intern Orientation.
  • Boston Sports Club benefit,
  • Employee Assistance Program – The EAP provides employees and their families with confidential counseling and referrals on a wide range of concerns, including behavioral health, substance use, smoking cessation, family problems, stress, career concerns, and more.
  • Doctor on Demand: 24/7 access to video visits with doctors and therapists
  • Daylight: New digital therapy program to manage your daily stress.
  • A free Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) course for residents and fellows (provides tools to reduce stress, experience joy and meaning in practice; taught by BUMG faculty),
  • The Employee Assistance Clinician (Beth Milaszewski) provides direct care to all BMC employees.
  • CARE@WORK – Backup Care: Last-minute care for children, adults, & elders for work-related needs.
  • Circles Concierge Service – BMC’s personal assistant concierge program, with
    any request for free assistance in planning and coordinating all sorts of projects. Circles can help with snow removal services, pet services, dining recommendations, travel arrangements, moving services, product comparison, party planning, and more.
  • SLEEPIO – The sleep experts at Sleepio can help you get the best sleep possible. This 6-week personalized sleep program will teach you techniques to get your sleep schedule, thoughts, lifestyle, and sleep environment into shape.
  • Diabetes Support Program – this is a free program for BMC employees/families in BMC’s
    medical plans that helps people with diabetes effectively manage their condition. By meeting program requirements, diabetes medication and supplies will be free at the BMC pharmacies.

Resident Wellness Committee:

  • Sunali Shah, MD
  • Ava Bakhtyari, MD (PGY3)
  • Tatiana Greige, MD (PGY3)
  • Cayla Vila, MD (PGY3)
  • Emily White, MD (PGY3)

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