Question special

Good morning everyone! Thank you to all our panelists who have contributed so far. As we move forward, I encourage you all to review the unanswered questions and provide your insight if applicable. To our followers, great questions! Many have covered the topics us moderators planned to post as well. Keep them coming!

Today, I'd like to pose a question that probably rests in the back of the minds of all incoming PGY1s - resident wellness.

A 2015 meta-analysis published in JAMA pooled 17560 residents and found an overall prevalence of depression or depressive symptoms at 28.8%. Interestingly, prevalence increased with the calendar year by 0.5% per year. There was no statistically significant difference between interns vs upper-level residents or studies of nonsurgical vs surgical and nonsurgical residents (citation below).

Q: For our panelists, what are some of the strategies you employ to maintain your sense of wellness both during intern year and beyond? How have you adapted your self-care routines to accommodate the increasing demands on your time - exercise, hobbies, or time with loved ones? How does your institution’s wellness program incorporate opportunities for self-reflection and camaraderie with your co-residents?

Mata DA, Ramos MA, Bansal N, Khan R, Guille C, Di Angelantonio E, Sen S.Prevalence of Depression and Depressive Symptoms Among Resident Physicians: A Systematic Review and Meta-analysis. JAMA. 2015 Dec 8;314(22):2373-83. doi: 10.1001/jama.2015.15845. Review. PubMed PMID: 26647259; PubMed Central PMCID:PMC4866499.