Mentorship has long been recognized as a key element in training because it has very important influence on career satisfaction and retention. Furthermore, the presence of a mentor has been shown to be a protective factor against burnout, fatigue and attrition. Peer to peer mentorship amongst residents, an approach to mentoring with no power gap between the mentor and mentee, has been found to be quite valuable at University of Chicago. Therefore, to meet the needs of residents, the general surgery residency program established the PEER: Professional Empowerment and Education of Residents program in 2014.
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- To form resident families composed of residents from each year. By doing so, we hope to provide peer counseling throughout the spectrum of residency from junior to senior resident, with the goal of cultivating a competent, confident, and committed surgeon. By drawing on their own experience, residents will support their co-residents through the challenges of surgical residency including career progression, clinical confidence, work/life balance, wellness, and time management. PEER families will meet once every quarter or more to promote this objective.
- To make available a resident ombudsperson in each class that makes up the PEER Council. The ombudspersons will serve as a liaison between residents and resources to university tools and faculty as necessary. The PEER Council will meet quarterly to examine residency specific concerns with faculty support to address concerns as necessary.
- To build camaraderie as well as outlets that will prevent burnout within the entire residency program through quarterly events which highlight educational and social themes. This will ultimately empower residents to become mature and successful, "surgeons of the highest type" in the words of William S. Halsted.
To facilitate peer mentorship, camaraderie, and well-being within the general surgery residency.
Janani Vigneswaran and Harry Wong
Andrea Liu, Vanessa Collins, Ryan Morgan, Mikhail Attaar, Lindsey Zhang, Vanessa Buie, Elizabeth Poli
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- Spirituality: Check out the different religious groups on campus!
- Exercise Facilities
- Other Support and Resources
- Resident Health
Perspectives EAP (Employee Assistance Program) can provide assistance by phone, online, and through their SPARK app
- Online: perspectivesltd.com Username: UNI500 / Password: perspectives
- Phone: 800-456-6327
Spark App: Instant message a counselor or make a video conference appointment. Search for “Perspectives Spark” in the Google Play Store or App Store.
ANONYMOUS Peer support line: 1-800-660-5683
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- Keep track of your nutrition and exercise
- https://www.physiciansupportline.com | 1-888-409-0141
- Mindful Healthcare Collective: A healthcare professional's resource for free mindfulness sessions. "[...]a collective of women physicians who are also wellness experts dedicated to providing free, evidence-based sessions to reduce stress for healthcare professionals."
- University of Colorado Work and Wellbeing Toolkit for Physicians
- Mindful Medicine
- SMART Recovery (CBT/secular)
- Alcoholics Anonymous
- Narcotics Anonymous
- DIO Anita Blanchard, MD 1-773-702-6760
- Director Megham Twiss 1-773-702-4281
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- 1- 773-702-6246
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