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Surgical Innovation
November 2018

A Facilitated-Group Approach to Wellness in Surgical Residency

Author Affiliations
  • 1Department of Surgery, Stanford University, Stanford, California
  • 2Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences, Stanford University, Stanford, California
JAMA Surg. 2018;153(11):1043-1044. doi:10.1001/jamasurg.2018.3109

Stress and burnout among surgeons have received increasing attention in recent years.1 In response, our department created a wellness program, Balance in Life, to address the physical, psychological, social, and professional needs of surgical trainees.2 Program initiatives include a 24-hour refrigerator stocked with snacks, a peer mentorship program, and annual team-building retreats. Another central component is the existence of an innovative weekly facilitated-group intervention.

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