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Resident and Fellow Wellness

Drexel's Graduate Medical Education department strongly supports resident and fellow wellness. Our goals are to promote a healthy work-life balance, encourage peer support within programs, and provide a safe and anonymous forum to express concerns and issues. We hope to continue to raise awareness about the importance of physical, professional, and psychological wellness throughout our residents' and fellows' education.

Drexel's Wellness Committee is an inter-department collaboration between residents, faculty members and administration with the goal of providing resources to help our housestaff cope with the challenges of residency. These challenges include physician burnout, job stress, interpersonal relationship issues, adverse events, and mental health concerns such as anxiety, depression, managing sleep disturbances, and substance abuse. Mentorship is provided in all programs for trainees to help with professional and personal growth.

We have resources that include:

  • Access to emergent and non-emergent support through the Guidance Resources Program
  • Individual program retreats
  • Health and malpractice insurance
  • Paid time off
  • Meal allowance when on call
  • Life support training
  • Complimentary parking at the hospital
  • Lab coats
  • Research funding
  • 401(k) plan
  • Creating community between departments by institutionally sponsored events
  • Educational stipend
  • MT license renewals
  • Saris Memorial Award (financial assistance for childcare)


Philadelphia Suicide Help Line

Call THE SUICIDE AND CRISIS INTERVENTION LINE AT 215.686.4420 any time of the day or night, if you have been suffering from any of the following difficulties: depression, feelings of wanting to hurt yourself or others, feelings of hopelessness, worthlessness or that no one cares about you, being under considerable stress, feeling very angry or suffering from some other emotional, mental or substance abuse crisis. A professional person is available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week to talk with you and to help you with your problems including obtaining necessary services promptly.

If you are not sure where to go, call THE PHILADELPHIA OFFICE OF BEHAVIORAL HEALTH EMERGENCY/INFORMATION LINE AT 215.685.6440 any time of the day or night, if you are seeking help for a family member, a relative, or a friend who has a mental/emotional or substance abuse problem, to discuss the matter with a trained professional. Staff can help to assess the problem and to provide helpful information and direct interventions 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. The staff that works on this line has direct access to 24 hour crisis response centers, home visiting assessment teams, crisis specialists, and critical information regarding how to utilize the services of the behavioral health system including help in getting treatment for unwilling persons who are dangerous to themselves or others.

Crisis Text Line (National Service) / Text 'START' to 741-741


To take an anonymous, free and convenient mental health screening including substance abuse, please visit: WHEN USING THE ONLINE SCREENING TOOL, RESIDENTS SHOULD SELECT STAFF/FACULTY IN ORDER TO BE DIRECTED TO THE MOST APPROPRIATE RESOURCES.

Substance Abuse Treatment Facility Locator (National – Hosted by SAMHSA)

SMART Recovery - Self Management for Addiction Recovery

Philly area LGBTQ resources (off-campus)

National Sexual Assault Hotline

Call 800.656.HOPE (4673) Free. Confidential. 24/7.

WOAR (Women Organized Against Rape - Philly Area Rape Crisis Center) / Call 215.985.3333

City of Philadelphia Mental Health link

Discounted Gym Membership

9Round Fitness: kickboxing themed fitness program that incorporates a functional, interval, cardiovascular, and circuit training regimens. (3967 Ford Rd, Philadelphia, PA 19131)

Past Resident Wellness Seminars

May 24, 2018
"Cognitive Behavioral Therapy for Insomnia"
Speaker: Donna Sudak, MD

March 9, 2018
"Physician Wellness Boot Camp"
Speaker: Peter S. Moskowitz, MD, Stanford University

January 24, 2018
"2018 Tax Update"
Speaker: Michael Clancy, MBA, CFP, CLU

December 7, 2017
"Sleep Habits"
Speaker: Anita Ko, MD

November 16, 2017
"Contract Negotiations"
Speaker: Bruce Armon, Esq.

September 21, 2017
"Navigating the Job Search"
Speaker: John Pinto

May 25, 2017
"Financial Check-Up: Personal Financial Planning and the Early Career Physician"
Speaker: Michael Clancy, MBA, CFP, CLU

March 2, 2017
"Weathering the Storm – Finding Resilience"
Speaker: Loice Anne Swisher, MD, FAAEM

December 8, 2016
"Practical Tips on Mindfulness for Busy Residents"
Speaker: Steven Rosenzweig, MD

October 27, 2016
"How to Be a Balanced Resident"
Speakers: Drs. Du, Dougherty, McCrea

Self Assessments


National Physician Suicide Awareness Day

National Physician Suicide Awareness Day

National Physician Suicide Awareness Day
September 17, 2019

Learn more at

Blog Post: "Suicidal Ideation: What to do when going towards the cliff's edge"

"The 2017 ACGME Wellbeing Common Program Requirement VI.C.1.e).(1) ‘encourages residents and faculty members to alert the program director or other designated personnel or programs when they are concerned that another resident, fellow, or faculty member may be displaying signs of burnout, depression, substance abuse, suicidal ideation, or potential for violence.’" Read more at

The information on these pages is provided for general information only and should not be used for diagnosis or treatment, or as a substitute for consultation with a physician or health care professional. If you have specific questions or concerns about your health, you should consult your health care professional.

 Drexel University College of Medicine does not endorse any resource provided on this page. Please use any resource at your own risk.

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