The radiology department, and Henry Ford Health System as a whole, consider resident wellness a priority. In recent years the ACGME has instituted a required wellness curriculum and Henry Ford has gone above and beyond these requirements to provide residents with comprehensive, research-based wellness programing and resources. The institutional wellness curriculum at Henry Ford Hospital includes monthly "Wellness Rounds," where topics such as developing empathy, resilience, financial literacy, and physician burn-out and suicide are addressed by dynamic and engaging speakers. Twice-weekly lunchtime yoga, led by expert community yogis, is also offered. Themed "Resident Appreciation Events," such as summer time ice cream social, Valentine’s Day hot chocolate bar, Eat-Well-Be-Well Mediterranean catered lunch, baseball-themed "coney dog" cart, and team trivia nights, which are especially popular with residents. Radiology residents also enjoy department-subsidized social gatherings at local restaurants or residents’ homes and Friday afternoons often include trips to local breweries after work. The radiology department also boasts a successful resident and faculty soccer team within the hospital's soccer league.
Radiology residents not only participate in these wellness initiatives, but also help design and implement them. For example, in the 2020-2021 academic year, radiology residents serve on both the system-wide Resident Wellness Taskforce and the hospital-wide House Staff Council as the Wellness Officer. Additionally, the radiology department has its own Wellness Committee composed of residents from each academic class and led by a passionate radiology faculty.
The COVID-19 pandemic has elevated the radiology department and Henry Ford Hospital's commitment to resident well-being. During this exceptional time, additional resources, such as COVID Stress and Resiliency Workshops (virtual and/or in person), have been created. Existing resources, such as confidential 1:1 physician-focused therapy and counseling services, have been expanded.
The radiology department and Henry Ford Hospital consider wellness an essential component of medical training. As with any other medical science, we pledge to continue innovating and improving our catalog of offerings to improve resident wellbeing at Henry Ford Hospital.
Radiology Residency Wellness Committee