Physician Wellness Program
“The mission of the Wellness program is to support and promote the physical, psychological, social, and professional wellbeing of Family Medicine residents, provide them with the tools they will need to make healthy lifestyle choices and empower them to seek work-life balance in their own lives.”
- Foster an environment that promotes camaraderie, healthy lifestyle choices and work-life balance.
- Recognize symptoms of burnout both at an individual resident level as well as residency wide, implement burnout avoidance strategies and encourage remediation and healing.
- Meet with administration and residents quarterly to address areas of concern and brainstorm areas for improvement.
- Address various components of work-life balance by focusing on 4 components to residency vitality: physical, psychological, social and professional wellness.
Committee/Meetings – The Wellness Committee will include a R3 Wellness chief or co-chiefs, 1-2 R2s, plus faculty advisors. Bi-monthly meetings are held and are open to all interested physicians and significant others to help direct and plan wellness activities.
Funding – the Wellness team will have funds provided by FMRI for bi-monthly meetings and below activities.
PEC (Program Evaluation Committee) – One of the senior residents leading wellness will be placed on PEC in order to interject awareness on resident resilience as changes are made to the program.
Administrative Responsiveness/External Burnout Management Assistance – current system allows for high amount of resident feedback and involvement in day-to-day running and scheduling of residency. Continue having residents as part of key administrative groups, including PEC and operations committee. Continue bi-annual or more frequent resident forums where residents can express positives and negatives to chiefs, to bring back to program director and PEC. Continue graduation exit interviews to collect feedback about residency experience.
Yoga – Offered each block. Free to faculty and staff. Occurs third Sunday of the block most blocks.
Sports teams – Residency softball and volleyball teams in the past.
Other areas of interest: Healthy food options, variety of restaurants and health food stores in the Boise area. Ready access to a variety of fitness centers/gyms. Protected time for medical, dental, BH appts.
Explore-See-Do: Monthly updates regarding upcoming events in the surrounding area to encourage residence to get out and enjoy Boise!
Additionally, the residency offers a variety of opportunities including annual mountain biking lessons with a certified instructor, ski lessons at Nordic center at Bogus, annual graduation bike ride/hike, multiple 5Ks, Robie Creek, as well as other organized or unofficial exercise gatherings.
Employee Assistance Program – Free short term counseling for all residents and staff. Counseling also available anonymously through Ada County Medical Society’s Physician Vitality Program
- ACMEC Resiliency Programs are free and can be used prophylactically.
Wellness Program via FMRI Health Insurance – Premium reduction through participation.
Wellness Coaching – In it’s second year, this provides for incoming interns: one complimentary session with wellness coach to develop a wellness plan throughout residency and beyond. After the initial visit the residency cost shares for any additional visits with the coach. This is not the same as counseling which is available through the Employee Assistance program. The majority of the interns have completed at least one visit.
FMRI’s wellness coach, Robyn Griffiths, grew up in Iowa. She has a BS from University of Iowa and has enjoyed a long clinical career in Dental Hygiene. She pursued her education in Integrative Health Coaching through Duke Integrative Medicine, completing the Foundation Course in 2011 and the Certification Course in 2012. Integrative Health Coaching helps individuals to define their vision of optimal health and create specific goals to achieve that vision. Robyn enjoys working with people to not just survive the complicated journey through Life, but to “THRIVE”! When not working she loves to spend time outdoors; hiking, backpacking, skiing, gardening or spending time with her dog, husband and 2 adult sons.
Maternity/Paternity electives- 1 month of “elective” rotation time where the resident can focus on family as needed with a reduced workload. Expectation is to maintain your continuity clinic hours and prepare a project or give a presentation at the end of the elective.
Narrative Medicine – Periodic discussions to enhance finding meaning in the art of medicine through written or artistic means. Incorporated on inpatient services at both Als and Lukes and by behavioral health team in Balint sessions as interns. Also included in Art of Family Medicine above.
Memorial Service – offered annually in April/May to help honor patients that have died and allow space for resident grieving.
- All Residency Retreat – Late summer. This is a time for all the residents and faculty and their families to get to know each other better and have some real fun in a beautiful location away from the residency.
- Annual Class Retreats – Individuals classes are allowed time away from residency to bond as class each year
- Faculty Retreat – Quarterly working day retreats with fun/bonding activity about twice per year for last 2 hours of day
Residency Book Club: Regular opportunities to read and discuss books from a variety of topics.
Wellness Events – Wellness team will plan 4 social events per year to be enjoyed by faculty/residents and their families, such as fall festival fun, tubing, bowling, Winter garden-a-glow
Peer Mentoring – A program of pairing interns with interested senior residents. They have been matched up by learning styles and outside interests.
Faculty Advisor Relationships – This faculty provides educational advocacy and oversight. New advisor curriculum being worked on to increase mentorship and assist with burnout and career goals.
Admin time- provided for R2 and R3 during both inpatient and outpatient rotations.
Wellness Survey- Measure burnout through annual survey.
Wellness Didactics: Curriculum interspersed formally and informally throughout didactics sessions and within rotations in a variety of manners.
- Art of Family Medicine I and II – these rotations allow residents to explore the role of physician and their patients as teachers. Also allows some time for reflection as group with behavioral health staff.
- Wellness half days – annual protected time with focus on wellness.
- Residency meeting wellness updates – to include events, vital signs, breathing techniques, other quick applicable topics.
- ACMEC Resiliency programs – free, can be used prophylactically.
- Narrative Medicine- provides an narrative based outlet during inpatient rotations to explore difficult patients, situations or themes.
- Away Electives- The residency will help fund away electives and language based immersion electives with the limit of 1 per year.
- Journal Club- Monthly meetings to discuss journal club article/narrative medicine at a local coffee shop.
Ada County Medical Society (ACMS) is a local group who provides various opportunities to connect with the greater medical community and beyond. Click here for education and recreational opportunities.
Outdoor recreation is an important part of the Boise lifestyle. The Boise River courses through the heart of the city and is bordered by the Greenbelt bike and walking path that runs from Lucky Peak Reservoir to Eagle Island State Park. Boise was voted the “#1 mountain biking town” by Bike and Mountain Bike magazines. The Ridge to Rivers Trail System boasts over 85 miles of maintained trails for walking and riding. Excellent nordic and downhill skiing can be experienced at Bogus Basin, just 18 miles from the center of town and very popular with the locals for its inexpensive season pass (under $250). Additional skiing at Brundage Mountain, Tamarack Resort, and Sun Valley is less than three hours away. Hiking, camping, and backcountry skiing are popular in the nearby Sawtooth, White Cloud, Smoky, and Boulder Mountains
Kayaking, rafting and fishing opportunities also abound with the city in close proximity to the Boise, Payette, Salmon, and Snake Rivers. Idaho in general has many premier whitewater rafting and kayaking river systems, with the Payette River system less than one hour from town. The Payette offers everything from beginner runs to Class 5 whitewater. The several forks of world famous Salmon River and the Hell’s Canyon section of the Snake River are popular for multi-day trips, as are the stunning desert gorges of the Bruneau, Jarbridge and Owyhee Rivers south of Boise.
Rock-climbing enthusiasts can easily access the local basalt crag known as the Black Cliffs just east of town. Amazing granite routes in the City of Rocks and the Sawtooth Mountains are both less than four hours by car. Mountaineering opportunities also abound in the state, with many excellent routes in the Seven Devils, Sawtooths, White Clouds, Boulders, and Lost River ranges, to name a few.
But you don’t need to leave town to find something fun to do. Boise has a vital city center that offers musical entertainment, theatre, opera, good food and shopping. Tubing the cool Boise River during the hot summer months is a popular pastime. The extensive park system, including the Boise Greenbelt, is home to multiple city sports leagues and festivals. The parks and river provide refuge without ever leaving the city.