Resources for residents and fellow wellness.
Resident and fellow wellness is an institutional priority in graduate medical education. The GME Wellness Service helps trainees and their significant others/spouses cope with common stressors of training. Our goal is to promote work-life balance and overall wellness by advocating for you and providing you with tools to reduce burnout, depression, relationship stress, and other problems.
We offer FREE and CONFIDENTIAL counseling services and FREE psychiatric consultation for individuals and couples. We help you manage crises, provide new perspectives for handling stress, renew existing scripts, and assess the need for new prescriptions.
To help you make the most of your precious time off, we produce a weekly electronic newsletter called The Wellness Corner, where we share information about GME Wellness activities and other free, fun, and low-cost events around town. To build community across all of our programs, we sponsor evening and weekend events targeted to everyone, and to special interest groups including LGBTs, singles, international trainees, and parents. Popular activities include chocolate factory tours, food events, museum and library tours, kayaking, art walks, movie nights and our annual Peeps Contest. Family-friendly events include a Halloween party, gingerbread-house decorating and an indoor children's gym. Self-care is encouraged with discounts for massages, facials, sports events and theater tickets.
We also offer deeply discounted classes on Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) and Compassion Cultivation training for trainees and their significant others/spouses, and we provide customized seminars, workshops and support groups upon request.
Daytime and evening counseling is available Monday through Thursday and can be scheduled online at any time. No medical record or bill is generated. Don't wait for a crisis! Book an appointment if you or your partner is experiencing any of the following:
- Depression, anxiety, or other mental health concerns
- Love loss and other relationship problems
- Career doubts, job stress, burnout
- Sleep disturbance
- Adverse event (needle stick, traumatic patient outcome, illness in your family, etc.)
- Harassment by a partner or a work colleague
- Conflicts with faculty, attendings, hospital staff or others
Easy online scheduling
We have made it super easy to book counseling appointments.
- Go to www.schedulicity.com
- Enter Seattle, WA in the search box
- Enter GME to bring up the UW GME Wellness Service.
- Enter Schedule Now to see upcoming appointment options, and choose a time that works for you.
If you are a first-time counseling client, return a completed Wellness Service Intake Form to the counselor you booked an appointment with: firstname.lastname@example.org, email@example.com., or firstname.lastname@example.org. They will provide directions to their office location.
To help you function at your very best, we can refer you for:
The GME Wellness counselors can refer you or your spouse/significant other to our community psychiatrist for a confidential assessment and 3 follow-up appointments, all for FREE. You can renew existing scripts, assess the need for new prescriptions, and get help during a mental health crisis. Our psychiatrist is not part of UW Medicine, and is generally available within 48 hours of referral, however you must see one of the wellness counselors first.
If you or your life partner struggle with test taking, time management and other academic challenges, our learning specialist can help. FREE for GME trainees and their spouses/significant others. Meet with one of the wellness counselors to determine this need.
We can identify other community providers including PCPs, dentists, victim advocates, and more. In cases of impairment due to mental illness or substance abuse, we work closely with the Washington Physicians Health Program (WPHP). We advocate for our trainees to get necessary treatment without losing their medical license or jeopardizing their training status.
Other wellness services and resources
Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) and Compassion Cultivation: Throughout the year, the GME Wellness Service proudly offers deeply-discounted, Sunday evening, Introductory and Advanced 5-week series on Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) and Compassion Cultivation. Each of these practices has been shown to reduce anxiety, depression and stress, and to increase empathy towards one's self, patients, and others. Trainees and their significant others/spouses are eligible to enroll. The Wellness Corner includes information and registration links.
Listservs: To build community and share resources, we have created three listservs: GMEParents, LGBTwellness and GMEInternational. To join, email the GME Office.
Lending Library: Residents and fellows may borrow useful books and other materials on a variety of topics including couples’ communication, time management, grief, perfectionism, mindfulness, managing depression and anxiety, relaxing into restful sleep, etc.
The following mental health self-screening tools are offered for personal exploration, but they should not be considered an adequate substitute for mental health evaluation. If you would like to discuss your concerns or results further, please schedule an appointment with the GME Wellness Service.
Mindy Stern, MSW, LICSW
Director, Resident and Fellow Wellness
Harborview, Pat Steel Building,
Seattle, WA 98122
Pamela Woodroffe, LICSW
Mental Health Counselor
Seattle Children's Hospital
Seattle, WA 98195
Julia Kocian, LICSW, MPH
Mental Health Counselor
UWMC, Box 356340
Room AA-111 D
Seattle, WA 98195