Saint Louis University Graduate Medical Education is dedicated to supporting a multi-component
approach to wellness for use by all programs and for the benefit of all graduate medical
Here, members of the Saint Louis University School of Medicine community can find
tips and tricks to combat burnout, how to deal with stress and acquire tools for resilience
to achieve optimal wellness.
The program was designed by a steering committee and members included:
Julie Gammack, M.D., associate dean for Graduate Medical Education
Brianne Newman, M.D., program director of psychiatry
Dawn Prentice, of the St. Louis Behavioral Medicine Institute
Rob Hartmann, BBC, Saint Louis University Hospital Pastoral Care
Behavioral Health Plan for residents includes six free and confidential visits not submitted to insurance.
Does not need to be for a medical diagnosis. Available for stress management, relationship
24/7 access to an on-call clinician for urgent behavioral health matters at 314-977-1066
Behavioral Health has a Behavioral Health Advisory Board (15 to 20 residents) and
the group meets twice yearly to discuss Behavioral Health Plan benefits
Behavioral Health Programmatic Support meetings are available for program discussion/debriefing
Mindfulness and Resiliency Space on the second floor of Schwitalla Hall. This room
is dedicated to accommodate the residents and students as a tranquil, peaceful place
for reflection, meditation and prayer. Private, curtained spaces offer privacy for
GME Wellness Program: This program is in development and lead by a steering committee
that includes program director in Psychiatry, St. Louis Behavioral Medicine Institute,
SLUH Pastoral Care, Campus Ministry and the GME Office DIO.
Taxi vouchers for residents too fatigued to safely drive home.
GME Professional Oversight Committee monitors resident duty hours and fatigue concerns.
Mindfulness training for all incoming interns.
SLURA officers who are available to residents to hear concerns and as liaison to GME office.
SLUCare Express offers same-day/next-day urgent care medical visits for residents and faculty.
Critical Incident Stress Debriefing. Initiated by nursing managers through nursing
leadership to discuss difficult situations. This is often done within a week and physicians/students
Staff Support Groups. Unit-based support with a minimum four sessions includes weekend
and all shifts.
Donation drives to collect items for patients.
Discharge with dignity closet. Staff-contributed clothing and other personal care
items given to patients (and staff) who are in need.
Comfort cart, which makes rounds on floors with snacks. This is done on special occasions
Lavender cart. when a difficult situation arises, a cart comes to the area with snacks,
stress relieving items, personal care items. It's kept in nursing supervisor’s office
and stays in area for 12 to 24 hours. This is available 24/7.
Roving Basket. Every two weeks, the basket goes to a different department. Baskets
are filled with treats, gifts and "thank you" cards. Baskets are then refilled and
passed to the next department.
Hospital Week, which includes a picnic BBQ lunch for staff/physicians.
Holiday Lunches. Free “Holly Day” Christmas and Thanksgiving lunch for staff/physicians.
Just Culture Initiative
Crisis Prevention Intervention (CPI) training. All emergency medicine personnel are
trained with a self-care component included. All new nurses will be trained starting
Hospital Wide Safety/Wellness Committee. Residents can participate on this committee
which addresses safety in workplace.
Call room space is available for all resident students who are in need of a place
Employee Assistance Program, which provides free, anonymous service to employees.
Employee Health. Any physical or mental health event can be addressed for employees
Lactation room, which is located on the fifth floor of the hospital.
Saint Louis University Hospital chapel on the third floor of the hospital is open
24/7. The chapel is utilized for Muslim prayer on Friday afternoons
Chaplains can be paged and respond to all codes, deaths and rapid response events.
Student shadowing program, which allows medical and nursing students to shadow chaplains.
A chaplain is available via the on-call chaplain, 24/7, to staff and physicians (as
well as patients/families) to provide listening and ministry.
Memorial service is conducted annually for families of patients that have died or
employees who have died. All families are invited.
Caring Physicians Award Ceremony, which annually recognizes four physicians that provide
In the new hospital, a chapel is being designed with an upper loft area that overlooks
the chapel. The loft area is being proposed as a multi-faith reflection area available
for staff and physicians.
Wellness Champions, comprised of residents and faculty, are individuals who will serve
as liaisons to programs and residents on wellness initiatives.
The Wellness Champion team consists of 12 to 15 faculty members and 15 to 20 residents
who are appointed by their department chair, program director, self-nominated or members
of the Wellness Steering Committee.
Wellness Champions are expected to:
Commit to one year of service
Attend the kick-off retreat and quarterly evening meetings
Be a liaison to programs and residents on wellness initiatives
Communicate and disseminate resources to programs
Promote professionalism and "Just Culture" at SLU
Champion efforts to improve wellness across the School of Medicine
Engage with GME and hospital leadership in assessing the outcome of wellness initiatives