March 11, 2019

Graduate Medical Education hosts first professional development and wellness symposium for residents and faculty

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Pictured from left are medical residents Vera Pochtarev, M.D., Jacob Salman, M.D., and Rohith Arcot, M.D.

The Wayne State University School of Medicine’s Office of Graduate Medical Education and the GME Resident Council hosted a Professional Development Symposium for medical residents and faculty.

Medical residents and their partners, faculty and staff attended the Feb. 21 event, designed to bring residents together as a group and discuss the relationship between wellness and clinical practice. Vendors provided information relevant to residents’ financial, physical, work-life and emotional wellness.

The event supported the standards of the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education, which recognizes the prevalence of burnout and depression among medical professionals. The school of medicine’s residency programs have already integrated wellness into their curriculum.

“The most important issue that was discussed was how the wellness of the health care providers affected the quality of patient care, and how interrelated those two factors are,” said Martha Jordan, WSU’s Graduate Medical Education administrative director.

The event, conducted in the Margherio Family Conference Center, included stress and wellness testing, financial representatives to talk about options available through WSU employment, and a representative from WSU Benefits and Wellness.

Organizers expect to make it an annual event.