The health and well-being of our residents is of paramount importance to our residency programs. We encourage and promote healthy lifestyles, healthy choices and healthy living. The Palm Beach Consortium for Graduate Medical Education community and specifically the Office of Graduate Medical Education support resident, faculty, and GME staff health and wellness.

Resident Orientation

Our health and wellness philosophy begins at resident orientation. During resident orientation, our health and wellness philosophy is discussed with the incoming interns. We also provide the following presentations during resident orientation:

  • Physician Burnout, Depression and Suicide
  • Physician Self-Care
  • SAFER online workshop

Critical Incident Peer Support Team

Our CIPS Team is comprised of members representing each of our residency programs, who has been trained in individual and group peer support. Our CIPS Team provides ongoing education to our residents on wellness, self-help, recognizing signs of crisis in peers/appropriate response, and strategies for stress management. The Team stands ready to assist peers in times of critical incidents.

The Impaired Physician

There is a long tradition of concern at the Palm Beach Consortium for Graduate Medical Education for the impaired professional. Greater awareness has led to increased recognition of addictions, depression, critical incident and chronic stress, and inappropriate displays of behavior problems in our faculty and residents and a continued interest in the treatment of the impaired professional. We are committed to protecting the health, safety and welfare of our patients, while also supporting the health and integrity of faculty and residents. To this end, we have had great success working in partnership with The Professionals Resource Network, Inc. (PRN), a nationally recognized, legislatively enacted private non-profit 501(c)(3) organization, that is widely cited as one of the premier programs for impaired health care professionals in the United States. The State of Florida contracts with PRN to provide mandated services of the Florida Statutes, as well as the Florida Board of Medicine’s and the Florida Board of Osteopathic Medicine’s practice act. PRN is often an alternative to the licensing disciplinary process. Due to increased education of physicians, those participating in PRN do so voluntarily instead of being reported to or by the State. This allows PRN to maintain an individual's confidentiality and limits the negative impact on his/her life. Program leadership will assist faculty and residents in accessing PRN.

Crisis/Impairment Recognition

In addition to knowing who the members of the CIPS Team are, so that they may be approached by individual residents in times of need, all residents are provided formal instruction in recognizing and responding to signs of crisis and impairment in their peers. Signs of crisis and/or impairment include:

  • Inaccessibility to patients and staff
  • Decreased workload or workload intolerance and performance
  • Frequent trips to the bathroom or other unexplained absences
  • Frequent absences or illness
  • Sporadic punctuality
  • Defensive when questioned or confronted
  • Alcohol on breath with attempts to cover with mints or mouthwash
  • Deadlines not met
  • Questionable practice judgment
  • Unsatisfactory documentation performances
  • Deteriorating personal hygiene
  • Personality and behavior changes
  • Shakiness, tremors of hands, agitation

Wellness Workshops

Through our community partnerships, the Office of Graduate Medical Education offers a variety of wellness workshops:

Mindfulness Workshops

The purpose of these workshops is to provide residents, faculty and GME staff with practical knowledge and experience in the philosophy of Mindfulness. The specific workshops were selected for their practical application in aiding physicians to become and/or remain clear-headed, healthy, balanced and successful in the high-stress, precision-driven nature of healthcare.

The Mindfulness workshops include:

  • Introduction to Mindfulness
  • Meditation
  • Breath Training
  • Basic Physical Postures
  • Mindful Communication Skills
  • Visualization
  • Mindfulness and Burnout Prevention

Program – Specific Wellness

In addition to the wellness opportunities offered by the institution and the Office of Graduate Medical Education, our residency programs offer program specific wellness opportunities. Please discuss with your program leadership and/or chief residents.

Resident Activities

PBCGME provides quarterly resident activities, in which residents are excused from clinical responsibilities to participate with their peers from all programs. These currently include:

  • Resident Retreat/Faculty Development
  • Ropes Team Building Course
  • Residents Day Out
  • Graduation

Employee Assistance Program

The Employee Assistance Program (EAP) offers a range of services that address personal or work related issues. The services are easy to access and free-of-charge to residents, faculty and GME staff. For more information, the services are available through:

www.beaconhealthoptions.com
800-434-5100

The services offered include:

Counseling Services

Talk one-on-one with an experienced, licensed counselor for support with stress, management, strengthening relationships, work/life balance, grief and loss, and more. The service is strictly confidential.

Legal Services

Legal support for:

  • Divorces
  • Landlord and tenant issues
  • Real estate transactions
  • Will and power of attorney
  • Civil lawsuits and contracts
  • Identity theft recovery

Financial Services

Financial Services for:

  • Saving for college debt consolidation
  • Mortgage issues
  • Estate planning
  • General tax questions
  • Retirement planning
  • Family budgeting

Online resources

Topics include:

  • Depression
  • Strengthening marriage and relationships
  • Stress management
  • Anxiety
  • Conflict management
  • Weight management
  • Communication