This policy defines the ways in which Residents are supported in their efforts to become competent, caring and resilient physicians while completing Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education (ACGME)-accredited training programs at Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine (PCOM).
This policy applies to residents, faculty, program directors, program coordinators, and Graduate Medical Education (GME) staff at PCOM.
Burnout: Long-term exhaustion and diminished interest in work. Dimensions of burnout include emotional exhaustion, depersonalization, and feelings of lack of competence or success in one’s work. Burnout can lead to depression, anxiety, and substance abuse disorders.
Resident: Any physician in an ACMGE-accredited graduate medical education program including residents and fellows.
Resilience: The ability to withstand and recover quickly from difficult conditions or situations. During training, residents may face difficult patient care, educational, or personal events which have the ability to negatively affect their well-being. Decompressing after such situations, through conversation with peers, mentors or family, and self-care activities can increase resilience.
Well-being: Refers to the state of being healthy, happy, and successful. Well-being may be positively increased by interacting with patients and colleagues at work, being intellectually stimulated, and by feeling that one is making a difference/helping. In addition, self-care activities, including exercise, getting plenty of rest and connecting with others, is beneficial.
Residents’ physical, psychological, and emotional well-being is of paramount importance to PCOM and our ACGME-accredited training programs. Residents are encouraged to lead healthy lives and make healthy choices that support them in their personal and professional growth. To that end, we provide the following strategies to support trainee health, well-being, and resilience: