Resident Wellness Program

At Cleveland Clinic Children’s, we want to ensure our residents have activities and resources to help support their personal wellness. We have a long-standing history of providing our residents with lunches, snacks, on-call meals and gym memberships. We also host annual retreats and events throughout the year. In addition, Cleveland Clinic’s GME Department hosts “Resident Appreciation Week” every year with activities and giveaways.

The Pediatric Residency Wellness Curriculum provides a one-hour session each module to educate residents on the importance of work-life balance and offer opportunities to enjoy fun activities with colleagues. These include:

  • Yoga, art therapy, meditation, holiday celebrations, zumba, etc.
  • Didactics on topics such as mindfulness, resiliency training, managing energy, work-life balance, fatigue management and finances.
  • Small group discussions facilitated by trained professionals outside of the residency program. Residents can share experiences, feelings and coping strategies in a safe and supportive environment.
  • Grief and bereavement discussions facilitated by our palliative care team.

Monthly Birthday Celebration

The last Friday of every module we celebrate all residents who have had a birthday during that month.

Intern and Resident of the Month

Each module the residents choose one intern and one senior who been exceptional in their roles during that month. They highlight the support and excellent achievements of these residents. The interns and residents receive a small token of appreciation for their exceptional work.

Resident Retreat

Each year, we have a resident-wide retreat, intern retreat and graduating senior retreat where residents are excused from clinical duties for an afternoon of fun and frolic! These retreats offer the residents a chance to relax and get to know each other in a more social setting.

Lounge Idea Board

We use a white board in the lounge as a place to elicit resident ideas and suggestions for improving the program. At times we may have specific topics for the residents to comment on, but at others it is on whatever feedback or thoughts resident have or want to pose to the group. Chief residents go over these suggestions frequently.

Graduation and Recognition Ceremony

Our annual graduation ceremony includes a wonderful evening of dinner and entertainment, in the form of a video presentation presented by the second year class. This is an event to celebrate the end of a great year and to say goodbye and good luck to our graduating seniors. As part of this ceremony, there are awards distributed to residents for outstanding achievements in the various subspecialties as well to resident selected faculty members for their outstanding teaching.