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Resident Wellness

UNM Wellness

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The University of New Mexico Radiology Department is committed to the wellbeing of each of our resident and faculty physicians. It is well known that radiologists are at risk for burnout and its deleterious effects on patient care and physician wellbeing. The UNM Radiology department has taken steps to support resident and faculty wellness by developing a wellness committee currently ran by our Junior Chief Resident, Dr. Sam Martinez and Dr. Rachel Runde our Section Chief for Ultrasound.

Our Mission: To nurture the development of knowledge, skills and attitudes to thrive beyond radiology.

The committee has taken a three-pronged approach.

  • Personal resilience
    • Objective:
      • Each resident will recognize the signs and symptoms of burnout.
      • Each resident will gain skills to mitigate against burnout
    • The entire residency takes part in continuous training through didactic sessions to gain a deeper understanding of who, what, why of burnout. We also explore various ways that each individual can take to prevent and mitigate against burnout.
  • Efficiency of practice We believe that the working environment is a strong contributor to stress and its effects.
    • Objective:
      • Each resident will voice any element of the working environment that contributes to poor efficiency.
      • Each leader will focus on systematically improving efficiency throughout the department.
    • The entire department takes part in quarterly or semiannual Rounding where the leader takes account of the various systems, software or equipment that prevents efficiency in our practice.
  • Culture of Wellness – We believe that work-life integration is of the utmost importance.
    • Objective 1: The faculty and residency will develop stronger ties with each other.
      • Yearly resident retreat typically during the fall or winter.
      • Yearly “Meet and Greet” to welcome the new residents.
      • Yearly Winter Retreat to recognize the residents, faculty and staff.
      • Yearly Mountain Hike and Camping trip.
      • Yearly Evening Isotopes Baseball.
      • Monthly Friday evening get together.
      • Random shifts of Kindness – one of the senior residents can volunteer to take call for a junior resident.
    • The department will develop strong ties with staff and colleagues.
      • Med-ED-RAD integration – The radiology residents are volunteering their time and skills to help Medicine and Emergency residents in their clinical or educational activities.
      • Recognition – The committee selects a resident, faculty or staff to thank for their contributions to the department.

Resident Escape Room

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Res Escape Room

Res Escape Room

Res Escape Room