Wellness

The fellowship wants to support well-being throughout the process of becoming a hematologist/oncologist. Amenities provided to fellows include:

  • Dedicated workrooms with adequate computer access for inpatient consultation rotations
  • Dedicated personal office pace with personal computer access for outpatient specialized clinic and research rotations
  • Keurig coffee makers in all workrooms
  • Breast pumping room at Mays Cancer Center
  • Access to breast pumping rooms on each floor of University Hospital
  • Dedicated fellows area at Mays Cancer Center for announcements and coffee
  • Access to Resident/Fellow physician lounge at University Hospital that provides coffee and snacks

Addressing physician burn out, our fellowship is an active participant in the ASCO Resilience Skills Program for first year fellows:

  • New wellness survey questions have been added to ACGME surveys for fellowship programs, and the program prides themselves that a majority of fellows feel supported by their attendings and peers
  • Research shows that when cancer care clinicians become stressed, sad, isolated—and unaware of this—they are placing themselves at risk for burnout and their patients at risk for suboptimal care. Despite their best intentions, clinicians can sink from a healthy work state of compassion, empathy, and well-being into compassion fatigue and burnout.
  • The fellowship utilizes the ASCO Resilience Skills Program which applies evidence-based interventions throughout first year of training to improve physician quality of life and provide skills to carry through their career. Teaming with ASCO allows us to recognize the warning signs of compassion and fatigue and burnout, as this recognition can enable them to take action towards prevention and/or recovery.