The GI Professional Development and Wellness group is focused created in order to develop effective strategies to enhance well-being and successful work-life integration among faculty and fellows. As burnout has risen among healthcare providers nationally, the GI Wellness group has sought to create an atmosphere of collegiality, support, and professional growth for all members of the department.
Under the leadership of Dr. Fasiha Kanwal, we have developed a variety of activities throughout the year, including: Wellness Grand Rounds (quarterly during GI Grand Rounds); Annual GI Picnic, GI "Ladies Night" (focused mentoring for female fellows), and Wellness Podcast Relay
Gastroenterology Wellness Lecture Series
- Diaphragmatic breathing
- Race and medicine
- Demystifying the Clinician-Educator Role
- Social Science of Subtle Bias
- Interprofessional empathy
- Physician Burnout
- Work life balance podcast and Yoga session
- Ergonomics in endoscopy
- Time management
- Social media and medicine
First-Year Fellows Retreat
The retreat focuses on reflecting and reconnecting with individual purpose and with one another. The retreat takes place a Friday in January every year. It includes multiple activities such as inviting a patient to share how fellows impacted their care, re-reading personal statements, sharing positive attributes of one another, fellow/faculty speed dating to discuss work-life balance, board games to facilitate reflections on the ups/downs of the fellowship, and a Chai tea making lesson. Second- and third-year fellows cover clinical duties the night before, during the day of the retreat and the following weekend to allow for first year fellows rest and spend distraction free time together.