Wellness Curriculum

Resiliency and Wellness Curriculum

We have integrated a wellness curriculum that weaves through all three years of residency. This curriculum includes weekly wellness conferences on Fridays, as well as guest speakers and just-in-time debriefs. Below are some of the topics addressed:

  • Debriefing deaths of patients and normalizing secondary trauma
  • Preventing burnout and increasing resiliency
  • View from the parents – Invited parents discuss their perspectives on medical care and interactions with trainees
  • The science of gratitude
  • Beginning discussions around the end of life and moral distress
  • Mindfulness
  • Humanism in Medicine Series
  • Communication Skills Lab – Residents practice delivering bad news to parent actors and receive feedback on their approach


Intern Retreat

Each fall, the entire intern class is excused from clinical service to participate in a retreat located at a resort near the St. Louis area. This retreat is led by a professional facilitator, and the interns leave the retreat with a better understanding of how to best work with peers, and approaches to managing the stresses of intern year. This is also a great time to just have fun!

Senior Retreat

Each spring, all second and third year residents are excused from clinical duty to participate in one of two senior retreats located in a resort in the St. Louis area. This retreat focuses on development of resiliency skills, as well as camaraderie and relaxation.

Other Wellness Activities

  • Free Yoga classes offered weekly in the hospital and at retreats
  • Holiday Party – There is an annual department-wide holiday party. All trainees are excused from clinical duties to attend.
  • Spring Cardinal’s Game—annual department-wide baseball game for residents and COPE preceptors. All trainees are excused from their clinical duties to attend
  • Financial Wellness Lecture Series – This four-part lecture series provides residents with important insights into planning for their own financial well-being.
  • Other Activities including: pet therapy, advocacy-driven projects such as “adopt-a-family”, music therapy, and much more!
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