Wellness Resources

​​The Resident and Fellow Counseling Service provides short-term counseling and referrals to residents, fellows and their partners/spouses. Its purpose is to support mental health and overall wellness. Services are completely confidential and may include referral to community resources including couples and individual psychological counseling, psychiatric and substance abuse evaluation and treatment. Below is a list of organizations that provide wellness resources to residents and fellows and a list of recommended books addressing wellness and work/life issues. These services can enhance wellness for trainees and their significant other/spouses. 

UW CareLink

UW Human Resources contracts with APS Healthcare to provide University faculty, staff, students, and GME trainees with support in meeting their work and family needs through consultation and referral to campus and community resources. CareLink can help with information about child care, elder care, financial and legal planning, and other issues that impact individuals at any stage of the life cycle.

Quiet/Meditation/Prayer Rooms

Sometimes in the midst of a hectic or difficult day, it helps to have a quiet place where you can collect your thoughts or pray without interruption.

Below is a list of some of the places we've found on each of the four main training campuses. If you have new information about quite rooms, please let Mindy or Kristi know so this list can be updated.

  • VA - First floor, Building 100 (Inpatient Building), near the Information Desk
  • Harborview - Meditation Room run by Spiritual Care, Central Tower 1-CT-114
  • UWMC - Quiet Room, CC-221
  • Children's - Chapel and Meditation Room, Giraffe 1st floor, on the right as soon as you enter the hospital. Open 24/7.

Lactation Stations

Each year more and more residents and fellows return to work after having a baby. Many of these moms continue nursing and have a need for a private, accessible room where they can pump breast milk and wash out the equipment. We've provided you with a list of officially designated lactation rooms on each campus.

SafeCampus

This UW program helps maintain a safe personal, work, and learning environment. The SafeCampus website has information on safety resources, University policies, and violence reporting requirements. UW's Violence Prevention and Response Program (VPRP) has trained staff who meet with individuals experiencing interpersonal violence so they can learn how to protect themselves. An excellent 23-minute video, Silent Storm, may be watched after logging in with your UW netID. 

Washington Physicians Health Program (WPHP) - WPHP is a non-profit corporation, founded by the Washington State Medical Association (WSMA) in 1986 to reach out to troubled colleagues. WPHP helps to identify, refer for evaluation or treatment, monitor the recovery, and endorse the safety of health-care practitioners who have a condition, mental or physical, that could affect their ability to practice with reasonable skill and safety. Examples of these conditions are substance abuse or dependence, depressive disorder, bipolar mood disorder, cognitive disorders, personality disorders, and physical disorders such as multiple sclerosis or chronic pain. It is a physician-directed program with a highly competent, experienced, and dedicated staff.

UW Housestaff Association (UWHA) - Being involved in and satisfied with your community is one measure of health and wellness. The UWHA provides a forum for residents to advocate for themselves on issues that affect residency life.

American Medical Student Association (AMSA) - The AMSA is a student-governed, national organization committed to representing the concerns of physicians-in-training, and includes resources for housestaff through the Resident AMSA.

The international Medical Spouse Network (iMSN) - A great site dedicated to spouse/partners of residents and fellows. It provides support, resources and understanding.

Organization of Resident Representatives (ORR) - The mission of the Organization of Resident Representatives (ORR) of the Association of American Medical Colleges (AAMC) is to improve resident physician education and training for the purpose of improving the quality of health care. The ORR will improve residency education through programming and professional development, and support AAMC initiatives and goals by providing the resident voice in AAMC.

Reading Resources

  • The Feeling Good Handbook, by David D. Burns, M.D.
  • The Relaxation and Stress Reduction Handbook, by Davis, Eshelman, McKay & Fanning
  • Kitchen Table Wisdom, by Rachel Naomi Remen, M.D.
  • Staying Human During Residency Training (How to Survive and Thrive After Medical School), by Allan D. Peterkin, M.D.
  • Forgive and Remember-Managing Medical Failure, by Charles L. Bosk
  • This Side of Doctoring: Reflections from Women in Medicine, by Eliza Lo Chin, M.D.

The AMSA is a student-governed, national organization committed to representing the concerns of physicians-in-training, and includes resources for housestaff through the Resident AMSA.  - A great site dedicated to spouse/partners of residents and fellows. It provides support, resources and understanding. - The mission of the Organization of Resident Representatives (ORR) of the Association of American Medical Colleges (AAMC) is to improve resident physician education and training for the purpose of improving the quality of health care. The ORR will improve residency education through programming and professional development, and support AAMC initiatives and goals by providing the resident voice in AAMC.​