Resident Life & Wellness
Resident Wellness Program
At Drexel, we are fully aware of the stress the one may encounter during residency training. We pay close attention to wellness and resilience in our residents. Our goals are to promote a healthy work-life balance by raising awareness of the importance of physical, social, professional and psychological wellness. We have developed a robust resident-centered Wellness Program, which includes the following components:
Twice a month all residents meet for a business meeting run by the chief residents. At these meetings, issues and concerns can be brought up, and residents are informed of upcoming events, and updates on the program as well as from the GME office. This allows for an opportunity to address issues in a timely matter and make changes if needed. These meetings serve as a venue for the residents to stay involved and active in their training and learning.
Process Group and Mentor Program
Our program strongly believes in providing great mentorship to individuals in training. On a monthly basis, each PGY class meets as a process group under a supervisor. The process group helps residents openly discuss personal and professional matters. In addition, each person has an individual supervisor that they meet with on a weekly basis to discuss patient cases and other professional topics including personal growth in a structured and confidential setting.
In April the Psychiatry Residency program hosts a two-day annual retreat. The retreat provides an opportunity for residents to come together as a group in a non-clinical setting. They are encouraged to discuss their experiences over the year and offer ideas for changes, as well as bring up new suggestions. There are also many team-building and fun events planned during the two-day retreat.
As a program, we believe in giving back to our community. In the past our residents have organized clothing and book drives for organizations in Philadelphia. This coming October, our residents will be participating in an annual suicide prevention walk to help raise awareness for the cause.
Social Events and Gatherings
In addition to the orientation days, an annual welcome party is held for the new incoming residents, organized by the upper classes. It's a great chance to come together and introduce the new residents joining the program. This year a welcome dinner will be hosted at a faculty member's house. This intimate setting offers an opportunity for residents, fellows and faculty to reconnect with each other on a more personal level.
Many social events occur during the year with fellow residents, including sporting events, White Elephant holiday gift exchange, beach day trips, happy hours and dinners. As we work closely with residents in other departments, many times we have joint events.
A monthly movie club, which was started in previous years, has become a hit among residents. Residents are able to vote on a movie that is psychiatrically driven and in an informal and fun setting, watch it as a group and discuss their thoughts after. In addition the program offers a book club for those interested in the intersection of psychiatry and literature.
The GME office hosts an annual holiday party for all residents and fellows at a local venue in the city. It's a great opportunity to put on your evening best and dancing shoes and get together with friends from all programs.
Program Director Open-Door Policy
In our program, an open door policy has been in place for the past four years. Residents are encouraged to stop by whenever they feel the need to speak with or bring up concerns to the program director.
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Resident Involvement in the Medical Student Psychiatry Pathway
Medical student outreach is a priority for Drexel Psychiatry. As such, many of our residents become involved with the medical student Psychiatry Pathway. Annually, one resident is designated to work closely with the pathway director to construct workshops and activities. A mentorship system has been designed for those residents who seek to act as a mentor to medical students interested in pursuing a psychiatry residency. Additionally, residents work with the medical student Psychiatry Pathway Interest Group to hold resident panel discussions, specialty breakout sessions, interview skills and personal statement workshops. Residents are also directly involved in medical student teaching on the wards and in formal didactic sessions.
Psychiatry Residency Movie Club
Do you like watching movies?
Are you interested in psychiatry?
If you answered yes to at least two of those questions, you should probably get involved with the Psychiatry Residency's new movie club.
The main goal is for medical students and residents to learn by watching awesome flicks and discussing pertinent themes that relate to the field of psychiatry. Each month will be based around a single theme in psychiatry. Please contact Matt Parker for additional details.
Psychiatry Residency Book Club
The book club is open to residents, medical students and attending psychiatrists interested in exploring psychiatry in the humanities. We select books from different genres, topics and points of view with the purpose of opening a window into the lives of our patients as they battle their illnesses. We gather every month or two for debates and conversations on social, political or literary topics. If you would like to come and discuss any of the books below, we welcome you to share your opinion and experiences!
Some of the books we have read in the past:
- The Bell Jar – Sylvia Plath
- The Girl on the Train – Paula Hawkins
- Shock: The Healing Power of Electroconvulsive Therapy – Kitty Dukakis, Larry Tye
- My Lovely Wife in the Psych Ward – Mark Lukach
Future books might include:
- The Center Cannot Hold – Elyn R. Saks
- An Unquiet Mind: A Memoir of Moods and Madness – Kay Redfield Jamison
- Mad in America – Robert Whitaker
- Hallucinations – Oliver Sacks
- Brain on Fire – Susannah Cahalan
- The Boy Who Was Raised as a Dog – Bruce D. Perry
- Unhinged: The Trouble with Psychiatry, A Doctor’s Revelation about a Profession in Crisis – Daniel J. Carlat
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Please note that residents and fellows are employed by and insured by the hospital; they are not employees of Drexel University.