Background: Stress and burnout impact physicians at all stages of
training and practice, but resident physicians are particularly at risk.
Resiliency skills may protect physicians from the dangers of stress and burnout
and may provide improved coping skills.
Methods: The Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology conducted
monthly meetings with the Residents to discuss resiliency topics in an
off-site, private setting without judgment, evaluation consequences, or
Results: During the 2015-2016 Academic Year, 12 sessions were
conducted focusing on Communication Styles, Conflict Resolution, Leadership
Skills, Difficult Patient Encounters, Physician Wellness, Resiliency, and
Stress/Burnout Management. After completion, residents were anonymously
surveyed and sessions were evaluated for effectiveness, based on a Likert scale
of 1-5. 11/12 sessions returned a 4 or 5 rating corresponding with a
moderately or strongly agree from 100% of the residents. Only one session
revealed 1 resident with a neutral response or 3.
Discussions: Sessions explored difficult patient encounters, sentinel
events, and interpersonal and professional conflicts. Positive
mindfulness-based resilience interventions were discussed. Resident
communication about perceived failures and stressors promoted positive
discussion and insight. Sessions were almost all uniformly positively scored,
with the highest ratings in communication styles, leadership/team-building, and
conflict resolution. Resiliency is a key coping skill for physicians to
maintain well-being. A residency resiliency curriculum has shown to be
well-received in our institution and should be considered as integral in
curricula as medical knowledge concepts.
Keywords: Communication Skills, Counseling (Personal or
Academic), Curriculum Development/Evaluation, Mentoring, Personal