Mission Statement

The Seneca Family Medicine Residency Program is committed to maintaining a culture that encourages our residents to grow in all aspects of their lives: professionally, physically, spiritually, emotionally, financially, and socially. We believe that the knowledge, skills, and attitudes vital to experiencing joy during training are an essential foundation for future success and sustainability in the practice of family medicine.

The Curriculum

Wellness is a huge priority to our program. We know all too well the stress and rigors of residency and its impact on learners. As a result, it is a priority of our Behavioral Health Curriculum Director, Melicia Tanner, to ensure that our wellness program is robust and meets the needs of our residents, equipping them with lifelong skills to assess and maintain their wellness throughout their career.

The objectives for our wellness program are to:

  • Create a culture of confidential, safe disclosure for burnout, depression, suicidal ideation, and impairment
    • Behavioral Health Curriculum Director will have weekly office hours for residents to come in and for routine “mental health check-ins”.
    • Behavioral Health Curriculum Director will have weekly office hours for faculty do the same. This will be a help to faculty wellness and reduce stigma for residents to utilize this resource.
    • Residents will be encouraged to utilize the Employee Assistance Program as a part of their training.
  • Develop and maintain a didactics-based wellness curriculum focused on all aspects of wellness: physical, emotional, occupational, social/spiritual, and financial
  • Provide concrete resources and be an ally and advocate in allowing residents to address their wellness
    • Residents have been given a steeply discounted membership at the YMCA on campus.
    • Residents will be given a list of primary care physicians and therapists in the area covered by insurance plan.
    • Behavioral Health Curriculum Director will be utilized as an aide and advocate both in securing care and in securing time off to seek care
  • Schedule time to reflect
    • Arrange for Employee Assistance to provide “Critical incident” debriefing after stressful patient situations, (e.g. patient death, adverse obstetric outcome) to reduce distress and self‐blame.
    • Reflective writing/narrative medicine
    • Balint Groups
    • Individual Wellness Plans
    • Monthly clinic wide “Wellness Times”
  • Schedule and support time to connect with colleagues and mentors
    • Retreats
    • Team Building Events
    • Social events including families
    • Assigning residents a “wellness buddy” in their own cohort to provide encouragement and accountability
    • Assigning residents a mentee in a cohort below them
    • Community engagement
    • Advocacy Projects