We take resident wellness seriously. We have created a Wellness Committee of faculty and residents with the intent of providing resources and activities designed to promote our residents’ well-being.

Community Building/Fun

  • Team Building Breakfast
  • COVID care package doorstep deliveries
  • Incoming PGY1 Welcome Party (this is year it was held via Zoom, but normally this is a huge BBQ)
  • “I’m on call” gift bags (snacks, toiletries)
  • Ropes course team building
  • Spring Fling Resident Appreciation party
  • Club Giraud Winter Holiday party
  • Aust Society graduation banquet
  • Tickets to shows, plays, and performances around town

Wellness Lectures

  • Maintaining Good Nutrition
  • Tips for Starting a Successful Practice
  • Rules for Physician Financial Life Cycle and Making it to the Finish Line Safely: Burnout in General Surgery
  • Understanding Feedback
  • Efficient Learning Strategies: Working Smarter… Not Harder

Stress Assessment

  • Wellness Needs Assessment completed 2019-2020

Identifying High-Risk Residents

  • Transition To Residency Risk Index (TRRI) for new residents
  • Anonymous Stress, Depression, and Burnout Assessment (https://uthealth.caresforyou.org/welcome.cfm) – a secure, easy way to learn whether stress, depression, or burnout is affecting you for all residents

Resources for Help and Support

  • There are two sources of individual wellness counseling available. One source is through UT Health San Antonio (i.e., the University) and the other is through University Hospital (i.e., the hospital).

2020 Wellness Committee

  • Deborah Mueller, MD – Trauma
  • Jason Kempenich, MD – General Surgery, Associate Program Director
  • Daniel Dent, MD – Trauma, Program Director
  • Reshma Brahmbhatt, MD – Vascular
  • Ross Willis, PhD – Director of Surgical Education
  • Eileen Kleffner – Program Coordinator
  • Liz Rogers, MD – PGY5
  • Adam Gonzalez, MD – PGY4
  • Alex Casar, MD – PGY3
  • Nicole Clevenger, MD – PGY3
  • Ronit Patnaik, MD – PGY2
  • Kat Merath, MD – PGY2
  • Carlos Villarreal, MD – PGY2