The Valley Children’s Pediatric Residency Program recognizes the stress of medical training and is dedicated to resident wellbeing. We value work-life balance and have several programs in place to help ensure wellness. These include:
- Training for residents and faculty in recognizing fatigue
- Training for residents and faculty in recognizing physician impairment
- Confidential Employee Assistance Program
Work-Life Balance Package
Residency can be very physically and emotionally demanding. At Valley Children’s, we value work-life integration. Balance and vitality in a physician’s life can be difficult to maintain. Residency training is the best time to develop healthy routines that are more likely to be long lasting. We created a specific program that includes a stipend for activities that promote sustainable healthy habits. In addition to the examples listed below, residents may take advantage of the Strive Wellness Program which offers nutrition counseling, fitness classes, yoga, massage, smoking cessation, biometric assessment and monthly wellness initiatives at low or no cost.
Reimbursable Wellness Activities
- Art Supplies, pre-approved
- Camping equipment, pre-approved
- Exercise/Fitness Class (e.g. dance, cardio, Pilates, kick-boxing, martial arts, spin, yoga, etc.)
- Fitness Center/Club/Sport Membership
- Fresno Chaffee Zoo Membership
- National/Local Park Annual Pass
- Race Fees
- Season Passes (e.g. theater, art, music, sports, ski passes)
- Strive Wellness activities
In addition to the stipend, the program incorporates a variety of activities to support the residents’ wellbeing. In addition, residents are provided one-half day off per quarter to maintain preventative medical and dental care and other needs that are best handled during the weekdays and business hours. Our residents qualify to participate in low-cost activities in the hospital, including massage and exercise classes. Resident Engagement And Debrief for You (R.E.A.D.Y.) is a scheduled protected session once per month with trained facilitators. For confidential individual concerns, Employee Assistance Program is available 24/7 to residents and a crisis team for emergencies is available on site 24/7 in the hospital. Pet therapy dogs are scheduled to visit the residents’ work room weekly.
Team building and leadership exercises are included in the curriculum as well, starting with a Ropes Course during intern orientation and annual resident retreats.
A sense of accomplishment and autonomy is very important to a physician’s wellbeing as well. For that purpose, we created a mentoring network for each of our residents, including coaches for advising and mentors for scholarly and advocacy projects. Additionally, for residents whose passion is in advocacy, we provide a variety of opportunities for local projects that impact the wellbeing of they community. Residents are also involved in hospital committees and residency education committees, which empower them as their voices are heard throughout the healthcare system and in surrounding communities. As a residency program, we are dedicated to our residents’ work-life balance and constantly look for opportunities to expand this goal.