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Tummy Time for Your Career: Strengthening Your Core With a Departmental Personal Development Book Club
Purpose: To deliver a wellness curriculum for residents and
faculty via a departmental book club.
Background: Given the high rates of physician burnout syndrome in
obstetrics and gynecology, physician well-being has become a core
focus area. While academic departments commonly institute activities like
wellness days and resident retreats, these events do little to develop the
individual physician and their abilities to deal with the rigors of daily life
in a stressful career.
Methods: We developed a curriculum from a best-selling personal
development book, The Success Principles, written for an audience
outside of medicine that focuses on the individual’s personal
goals. Six monthly sessions were organized that drew interest from
faculty and residents alike. Participants responded to a
survey evaluating perceptions of their own success and the
5-item World Health Organization Well-Being Index (WHO-5) before starting the
sessions and after the last session. A final survey will be done three
months after completing the program.
Results: We saw a statistically significant (F= 1877, P=
0.009) improvement in the mean survey score between the
pre-program (M= 3.7, 95% CI= 3.4 - 4) and post-program
survey (M= 4.2, 95% CI= 4 - 4.6). Results from the three-month
post-program survey are pending.
Discussions: Residents and faculty developed personal
definitions of success in terms of personal and career goals. This focus,
and the book-club setting, fostered intimate conversations that helped define
work-life balance and helped both residents and faculty take steps toward
their visions of success. Additionally, the book club format proved
useful in delivering non-clinical curriculum to our department.
CREOG & APGO Annual Meeting, 2022, Resident, Faculty, Residency Director, Professionalism, Interpersonal & Communication Skills, GME,