Program Wellness Activities and Initiatives

A second-year resident has assumed the role of the Wellness Ambassador for the Internal Medicine Residency Program.  In cooperation with other residents, he enthusiastically plans and executes several wellness (social) events throughout the year, such as resident pool parties, “escape rooms” (live-action, immersive, team-based games/adventures), happy hours and New Orleans Saints game-day watch parties.  Invitations are always extended to residents’ spouses, significant others, and children.

UMCNO Academic Affairs and the B Well Program, UMCNO’s Well-Being Program, offer Wellness Wednesdays throughout the year.  An example includes “Lean on Me” Lunch and Learn, with lunch provided, where health programs from UMC (ComPsych) discussed initiatives and services that are offered relating to mental health and well-being.  In addition, LSUHSC hosts several seminars throughout the year, such as “Mindfulness in Wellness and Illness”.  Residents are highly encouraged to participate in these events.

For physical wellness, residents have free access to LSUHSC's Wellness Center.  The Wellness Center is dedicated to promoting the health and well-being of all members of the LSUHSC community in a safe and educational environment.  The Wellness Center offers early morning, evening, and Saturday hours of operation to accommodate varying work schedules.

There is a Wellness Committee at LSUHSC (LSU Wellness Krewe).  The goal of the committee is to promote a healthy learning and working environment and build resiliency and personal well-being among faculty, staff, residents, and students at LSUHSC.  The Wellness Committee has created a very robust website that offers information on emotional well-being, including information on stress, depression, and mindfulness, as well as alcohol use, suicide, PTSD, work-life balance, and other resources that are helpful for our working community.

The Chairman of the Internal Medicine Department hosts several social events throughout the year, including a Chief Resident Party in the spring, a Resident Barbeque in the summer, and a Holiday Party in December.  The Program Director also hosts a Holiday Party in December.  These social events allow for resident camaraderie to be enhanced in a setting away from the work environment.