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At Kaiser Permanente, 'thrive' cannot just be a slogan. It must be the way we live our lives.

Robert Pearl, MD, Regional Director & CEO, The Permanente Medical Group

Institutional Wellness Programs

Residents & Fellows

  • Depression is a real—and common—medical illness that can affect your mind, body and spirit. It isn’t always easy to recognize, but depression has certain symptoms that are different from the “blues,” which everyone gets from time to time. With proper treatment, most people with depression feel better and enjoy life more. More information and a self assessment can be found here.
  • Regional Orientation: Physician discusses recognizing fatigue and overall wellness
  • Regional Social Events: Outings to professional baseball, football, basketball games, and more
  • Improv course: Recognizing the importance of caring for self between patients, procedures, etc
  • External Life coach: Provides one-on-one coaching support to residents who are identified by Program Directors in need of additional support
  • Quarterly monitoring of work hours by Regional GME

LIFE Curriculum

The LIFE Curriculum is a collaborative effort of Duke University Hospital, the UNC Hospitals, the NC AHEC, and the NC Physician’s Health Program to assist graduate medical education programs, their residents, and faculty to prevent, identify, and manage resident fatigue and impairment. The curriculum was supported, in part, by the Josiah Macy Jr. Foundation.

For more information, visit The LIFE Curriculum.

Range of wellness resources for residents offered at local program sites

Personal Health & Wellness

  • Physician Health Fairs
  • Friday Farmer’s Markets
  • Get Out, Get Active, & Get Fit Program
  • Running Clubs & Cycling Groups
  • Yoga Classes for Physicians
  • Healthy Kitchen Cooking Program
  • Ergonomic Assessment and Consultation

Community Building

  • Community Service/Volunteering Website
  • Physician Wellness Websites & Newsletters
  • Women Physicians’ Roundtable
  • No Agenda Physician Wellness Lunches
  • National Physician Day Celebrations
  • Weekend Family Retreats
  • Social & cultural events: family picnics, golf tournaments, etc.

Work / Life

  • Child Care Resource & Referral Service
  • Child Care Discount Program through national providers
  • Dependent Care Spending Account
  • Employee Assistance Program
  • Commuter Spending Account

Physician Resiliency

  • Stress Management Program
  • Mindfulness-Based Meditation Classes for Physicians

Work Environment

  • Clinician-Patient Communication Consultants
  • Desk-top Medicine & Time Management Programs

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