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Resident and Fellow Wellness

General culture

As the Accrediting Council for Graduate Medical Education (ACGME) places greater emphasis on wellness efforts within training programs, the Children’s Mercy Graduate Medical Education (GME) has implemented a variety of activities and services for their trainees. Trainees are introduced to a licensed therapist at orientation. Ongoing sessions are free through the hospital’s Employee Assistance Program.

Retreats and activities

Resident classes and Fellowships offer annual retreats held outside of the hospital. Retreats focus on team-building opportunities and personal and professional enrichment through philanthropy, educational workshops and social events.

The Resident Wellness committee brainstorms and implements activities that will amplify the sense of community within the residency program. This committee has been exceptionally successful with high turnout rates for activities such as axe throwing, group karaoke, bowling, and trips to the pumpkin patch. Residents’ children and significant others are encouraged to attend these events as well. Other resident committees, including the Diversity, UNITED, and Advocacy committees also provide a community of people for residents to interact with that have similar interests and backgrounds

Our Fellows Community creates opportunities to fellows from across disciplines to forge relationships with others.  Centralized fellowship curricula feature cohorts of fellows and lunch and learn sessions focus on fellowship driven topics like work life balance, study skills, contract negotiation and other topics that make life less stressful.

Professional development

The Office of Faculty Development, in conjunction with the Center for Professional Well-being and other entities, provides skill building and social opportunities to support trainee and faculty wellness. See the most recent set of scheduled activities.

Center for Professional Well-being

The mission of the Center is promoting well-being through respect, awareness and mindful balance; supporting Children's Mercy staff in making significant contributions to those they serve. Services include resources around mental health and burnout, mindfulness and litigation-related stress. Center staff provide support and information to all Children's Mercy staff. Each year the Center for Professional Well-being works with GME and the Office of Faculty Development to conduct an annual burnout survey to inform decision making in our system.

Aligning Support Across Providers (ASAP)

ASAP is an interdisciplinary team with representatives from chaplaincy, palliative care, social work and the Center for Professional Well-being. ASAP is conducting a pilot program to provide immediate support for staff members who experience distress after any kind of traumatic event. 

Employee Wellness Center

The Employee Wellness Center provides employees, spouses and adult children (ages 18 through 25) with convenient access to quality, affordable onsite health care. The Wellness Center also includes a pharmacy with inexpensive OTC items and prescription pick-up on site that offers convenience for those with busy schedules.

Employee Fitness Center

As part of its ongoing commitment to employee wellness, Children’s Mercy also provides an Employee Fitness Center, which is located on the lower level of the Holmes Office Center (2200 Holmes) on the Adele Hall Campus. The facility is operated by Corporate Fitness Works.

Children’s Mercy partners with Redbrick Health to provide wellness events, education, recipes, exercise tips, web resources, newsletters and more.

Employee wellness

Children's Mercy believes that a healthy workforce is key to our success. The Take CARE Wellness Program is designed to give you a variety of opportunities to improve your health and maintain a healthy lifestyle including:

  • Access to a personal health coach who will work with you to design a program to get you on the road to wellness.
  • Year-round programs on a variety of topics, including smoking cessation, weight loss and more.
  • A wellness newsletter and calendar to make you aware of upcoming wellness-related opportunities.
  • Online wellness tools and information, including recipes, exercise programs, articles, a health risk assessment and more.