GMEC Subcommittee on Wellness
The purpose of the GMEC Subcommittee on Wellness is to promote the psychological, emotional, and physical well being of the housestaff, physician educators, and GME staff. Further, the subcommittee will monitor compliance with ACGME requirements in the area of resident and fellow well being and fatigue mitigation.
The ACGME updated the requirements related to the clinical learning environment, announced on March 10, 2017, and effective July 1, 2017. Regarding well-being of residents and faculty physicians and fatigue mitigation, the ACGME requirements state the following:
- Programs, in partnership with their Sponsoring Institutions, have the same responsibility to address well-being as they do to evaluate other aspects of resident competence. This responsibility must include:
- Efforts to enhance the meaning that each resident finds in the experience of being a physician, including protecting time with patients, minimizing non-physician obligations, providing administrative support, promoting progressive autonomy and flexibility, and enhancing professional relationships;
- Attention to scheduling, work intensity, and work compression that impacts resident well-being;
- Evaluating workplace safety data and addressing the safety of residents and faculty members;
- Policies and programs that encourage optimal resident and faculty member well-being; and,
- Attention to resident and faculty member burnout, depression, and substance abuse.
- The program, in partnership with its Sponsoring Institution, must educate faculty members and residents in identification of the symptoms of burnout, depression, and substance abuse, including means to assist those who experience these conditions. Residents and faculty members must also be educated to recognize those symptoms in themselves and how to seek appropriate care.
- Programs must:
- Educate all faculty members and residents to recognize the signs of fatigue and sleep deprivation;
- Educate all faculty members and residents in alertness management and fatigue mitigation processes; and,
- Encourage residents to use fatigue mitigation processes to manage the potential negative effects of fatigue on patient care and learning.
- Grace Hundley, MD (Med/Peds), Subcommittee Chair
- Samuel McQuiston, MD (Radiology), Subcommittee Vice Chair
- Brian Allred (USA Recreation Center, Director; USA Wellness Initiative Committee, Chair)
- Sharrie Cranford, LMSW, MS (CME)
- Dorothy Dickinson, GME Program Coordinator (Surgery)
- Sophia Gosling, MD (Pediatrics)
- Tomeika Hawkins, Accreditation Specialist (GME)
- TJ Hundley, MD (Internal Medicine)
- Tina Jackson, MD, PGY-III (Psychiatry)
- Candace Park, LPC (USA Employee Assistance Program, Director)
- Candace Lyn Perry, MD (Psychiatry)
- Ehab Molokhia, MD (Family Medicine)
- Harrison Trammell, MD, PGY-III (Internal Medicine)
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