Burnout, depression, and overall wellness have become subjects of importance recently within the medical community. Our goal is to provide information to our residents, fellows, and other medical trainees regarding wellness.
Wellness resources, including physical and emotional wellness, social wellness, spiritual wellness, environmental wellness, occupational wellness, and intellectual wellness are all available to you. Please find links to various resources in our community. We hope that this will serve as a valuable resource in promoting overall wellness to trainees, and will help them to be resilient physicians while specializing in their chosen fields.
Physical and emotional wellness
Physical wellness encourages regular physical activity, an understanding of the importance of nutrition, and healthy habits. Emotional wellness involves our ability to cope with challenges, recognize both negative and positive emotions, and to participate in healthy relationships. In this section, please find links to physical activities in our community, information about how to eat healthy, where to find a doctor or dentist, and how to address mental health issues.
My Total Rewards Wellness Resources
- Running races in the area
- Employee Exercise Classes at the Human Performance Institute
- Mizzou Recreation Center
- Columbia/Boone County Health Promotion and Education
- Mizzou Doc Fastpass
- Establish care with in-network primary care physicians/specialists or schedule same day or next-day primary care by calling 573-884-0432
- Make an appointment at MU Health Care
- Women’s and Family Health
Mental health resources
- Office of Clinician Well-Being
- Mental health resources in our community (Specific to Residents)
- Mental Health: COMO Resource and Referral Guide
- The MO Physicians Health Program that offers confidential help to physicians with mental health issues and/or alcohol/drug problems.
- Employee Assistance Program (EAP): The UM System’s Employee Assistance Program is a confidential, professional service provided to all employees, their families, retirees and organizational work units. The EAP provides a variety of services to help employees influenced by a range of personal concerns or stressors.
- Information about depression
- Information about anxiety
- Self-testing screen for depression, anxiety, and other mental illnesses
Dealing with suicidal thoughts and feelings
- About suicide: American Foundation for Suicide Prevention
- Finding support: Bringing hope to those affected by suicide
- Dealing with suicidal thoughts: HelpGuide:
- Your trusted guide to mental health & wellness
If you are in crisis, it is recommended that you seek help from a professional caregiver. In life-threatening situations, such as if you are experiencing suicidal or homicidal thoughts, call 911 and/or go to the nearest emergency department.
- University Hospital – 573-882-4141
- Women’s and Children’s Hospital – 573-875-9000
- Boone Hospital Center – 573-815-8000
- For additional support, you may call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline
- Emergencies may also require contacting the police: 911 for emergencies
- Columbia Police Department – 573-874-7652
- University of Missouri Police Department – 573-882-7201
- Poison Control can be contacted for information regarding potentially dangerous substances:
- Missouri Poison Center
- American Association of Poison Control Centers 800-222-1222
Physician Suicide and Its Prevention
- Creating a Safety Net: Preventing Physician Suicide
- Breaking the Culture of Silence on Physician Suicide
- Make the Difference: Preventing Medical Trainee Suicide
- Types of Stress
- How to cope with stress during residency
- Sleep, alertness, and fatigue education in residency (SAFER)
- ForYou Team at MU: A peer-support team developed to address the needs of staff when they have been involved in a difficult case which impacts them emotionally.
Social wellness involves maintaining a healthy balance between social and personal time, being engaged in your community, and developing supportive relationships. In this section, please find links about social activities in Columbia, housing resources, and information about how to maintain positive relationships during residency.
The Importance of Family and Friends During Residency
- All in the Family: Expanding Strategies to Promote Resident Resilience
- Four building blocks for a successful medical marriage
- Six tips for balancing a two-physician family
- Five tips to start and grow a happy family during residency
- Parenting During Residency
Spiritual wellness involves being able to recognize a common purpose that binds creation together, and feeling that your existence has meaning. In this section, please find links to the University of Missouri’s Spiritual Care department, as well as various places of worship in our community.
Environmental wellness involves recognizing our own responsibility to the world around us, and trying to make a positive impact on our communities and planet. In this section, please find links to environmental initiatives at MU and in Missouri.
Occupational wellness involves the ability to gain personal fulfillment and satisfaction from our careers, and our ability to positively impact society in general. In this section, please find links about how to identify workplace stress and how to cope with hardships or adverse outcomes.
- Signs and symptoms of stress
- Work stress
- Physician Resilience and Burnout
- Physician Burnout: Its Origin, Symptoms, and Five Main Causes
Coping strategies and tips
- Reversing Burnout: How to rekindle your passion for your work
- Burnout and Doctors: Prevalence, Prevention and Intervention
- Eight Ideas for Managing Stress and Extinguishing Burnout
- Combating Burnout, Promoting Physician Well-Being: Building Blocks for a Healthy Learning Environment in GME
- Mindfulness Practice Center
- Benefits of Mindfulness
- How to practice mindfulness throughout your workday
- Guided mindfulness practices and yoga
- Free “Science of Happiness” Course from UC Berkeley
Adverse Event and Litigation Stress
- How to address residency concerns at MU
- Coping with adverse patient outcomes
- ForYou Team: A peer-support team developed to address the needs of staff when they have been involved in a difficult case which impacts them emotionally (login required)
- Physician litigation stress
- Coping with a medical malpractice suit
Intellectual wellness involves our desire to learn new information, develop our skills, and seek challenges. Discover some opportunities.
Grand rounds scheduled topics
- Grand rounds calendar (Intranet)
- Child Health Grand Rounds
- Medical Pharmacology and Physiology Seminars
- MMI Seminars
- Psychiatry Grand Rounds
Available classes and learning opportunities at Mizzou