Family Medicine Resident Wellness
Mental health in residency has become a hot topic in recent years, and Womack Family Residency has been leading the way. A happy, healthy doctor learns more efficiently, provides more empathy to patients, makes better clinical judgments, and reliably shares responsibilities as part of our team. Quality family medicine physicians must know when to refer a patient to specialists; ailing providers must know when to seek help optimizing their well-being.
It starts with orientation: You will receive an introductory wellness session to teach you tools for managing stress, preventing burnout, and developing healthy coping strategies.
It continues throughout residency: Wellness didactics and self-awareness activities empower healthy coping with some the physical, emotion, mental, and spiritual demands of residency. Dedicated faculty foster mindfulness, peer support, and stress-reduction tactics.
Team-building: Together we sink or swim, so for the spirit of camaraderie the residency program provides and annual retreat and each year group has a retreat of their own.
Wellness resident: A fun-loving resident will have the opportunity to lead recreational efforts especially to ward off the holiday blues when schedule may not permit travel back home.
Concerned staff: Staff regularly meet to hear the frustrations and challenges—as well as the rewards and successes—of the residents and actively work to improve the program. An ombudsman stands by ready to advocate for residents. Each resident is assigned a mentor to help understand responsibilities of the program, and help with stress. Additionally, all staff keep an “open-door” policy.
Duty Hours: Our faculty actively foster a culture of adherence to duty hours. Residency is stressful enough without the risk of running over duty hours.
Clinical support: Should a resident feel overwhelmed and desire professional help, seeking aide is encouraged here and comprehensive and confidential professional help is readily available.
Army force multiplier: In addition to clinical staff at Womack, Ft. Bragg has the Soldier Support Center, the Army Wellness Center, and several Army-wide hotlines to optimize function in everything from diet and exercise to time management to recognizing and replacing unhealthy thought patterns.
Recreation: Located in beautiful central North Carolina, Fort Bragg offers many opportunities for recreation. The area has a lot to offer. Check out Local Area Highlights. Fayetteville, and the surrounding area, has a small-town feel yet offers diverse and exciting opportunities for dining and entertainment. Outside the city limits, from the tranquil Smoky Mountains to the thriving culture and night-life of Raleigh-Durum, you will have many opportunities to enjoy North Carolina’s sunny summers and mild winters.