Internal Medicine Resident Wellness
Support Services


The well-being of our residents is of paramount importance to our program. We encourage healthy lifestyles, healthy choices and healthy living. The Vanderbilt community and specifically the Vanderbilt office of GME support resident physician wellness with many support services for residents.

A. Wellness

The Department of Health and Wellness offers a variety of integrated services to support house staff and is composed of four programs:

1. Vanderbilt Occupational Health Clinic (VOHC)
The VOHC, serves as a point of evaluation and treatment of work-related and non work-related illnesses and injuries. Surveillance exams and preventive services are also provided to protect against work related hazards. Immunization and screening requirements may be found on our web site.

- For more information about services provided contact VOHC at (615) 936-0955
- Web site: http://www.vanderbilt.edu/HRS/wellness/occhealth.htm
- Suite #640 Medical Arts Bldg. - 201 25th Avenue South atop Kensington Garage.
- Hours: Mon-Fri, 5:00 a.m.-9.00 p.m. and Sat. 8:00a.m. - 2 p.m.
- Hours: Mon-Fri 7:30 a.m.-5:30 p.m.

2. Health Plus
Health Plus is a comprehensive worksite wellness and fitness program for full-time faculty and staff- including residents. The program consists of exercise facilities, health risk assessments and numerous programs aimed at helping faculty and staff develop a healthy lifestyle. Go For The Gold is a health incentive program designed to reward faculty and staff for completing their health risk assessment, participating in healthy actions, and learning about becoming wise healthcare consumers.

- For more information contact Health Plus at (615) 343-8943
- web site: http://www.vanderbilt.edu/HRS/wellness/healthplus.htm
- 201 25th Avenue South atop Kensington Garage.
- Hours: Mon-Fri, 5:00 a.m.-9.00 p.m. and Sat. 8:00a.m. - 2 p.m.

3. Faculty and Physician Wellness Program (FPWP) of Work/Life Connections-EAP (formerly known as the Employee Assistance Program)
The PWP offers a range of services to help staff and faculty address personal or work related problems. For more information of problem areas frequently addressed and services available:

-  contact FPWP/EAP at: (615) 936-1327 (24-hour answering service)
- or 1(800)-999-1824
- (24/7 free anonymous screening for depression and/or alcohol/drug abuse for house staff and immediate family members)
- web site : http://www.vanderbilt.edu/HRS/wellness/wlc
- (website also includes access to online, anonymous screening for depression, substance abuse, eating disorders , anxiety disorders, bipolar disorder, and post-traumatic-stress-disorder to faculty and staff and immediate family members)

4. Vanderbilt Child and Family Center
The Vanderbilt Child and Family Center provides programs that support the health and productivity of the Vanderbilt community by providing resource and referral services, quality childcare and early childhood education to the children of faculty, staff and students.

- web site: http://www.vanderbilt.edu/HRS/wellness/cfctr.html


B. Stress Management

Stress management programs for house staff are available as needed for work related stress issues that include, but are not limited to, the following: women physicians, residents cited for malpractice, minority physicians, and foreign medical graduates. In addition, a "Medical Marriages" support group is available for house staff and their spouses. Information about this support group network is available from the Physicians Wellness Committee at the:

Center for Professional Health
1107 Oxford House
Phone: (615) 936-0678

The following advisors have access to other resources if special problems need to be addressed:
Graduate Medical Education
Donald W. Brady, M.D.
Patricia Craft, M.S.
Charlene Dewey, M.D. - Physician Wellness Committee - Chairman


C. Recognizing the Impaired Physician

There is a long tradition of concern at Vanderbilt for the impaired professional. Greater awareness has led to increased recognition of addictions, depression, stress management, inappropriate anger displays, and behavior problems in our faculty and students and a continued interest in the treatment of the impaired professional. Physicians can become dysfunctional in a variety of ways, just like the patients they treat. Their individual problems often manifest in ways that can harm the patients whom they serve, the institutions that employ them, their families, and the colleagues with whom they work. Physicians often have difficulty admitting their problems with drugs or alcohol, and too often, do not get the help they need until a crisis is reached. Early interventions in confronting physicians who are heading for trouble are needed and if necessary, intensive treatment programs for the compromised professional can be made available. Initiating this process can be difficult for colleagues and supervisors. If advice or recommendations are needed, please contact the Physician's Wellness Program within Work/Life Connections-EAP (936-1327). (See Hospital Information, Alcohol and Drug Use Policy)