Residency

An Emphasis on Wellness

Many physicians will tell you that residency was one of the most challenging and difficult periods of their lives, but as a Pediatric resident at the University of South Florida, you can rest assured in knowing that your wellness is very important to us. In keeping with recent national trends toward greater emphasis on promoting resident health and well-being, our program has taken many steps to ensure our residents are being well cared for and supported.

 Events 

• Wellness Committee monthly events such as trivia nights, potlucks, beach days, even meet ups at a local dog bar
• Wellness Harry Potter House cup competition!! See more info below!
• Twice annual wellness bingo for prizes (did you say massage?)
• Each class has 1-2 retreats per year
• Educational funds and Step 3 reimbursement (see benefits tab)
• TGH gym membership for free
• Attending led resiliency and financial coaching workshops during protected time
Resident Assistance Program: dedicated psychiatrists and psychologists
USF HR Employee Assistance Program including free lifestyle coaching, legal services, discounts for major grocery stores, financial coaching, counseling services, and much more
• Food and coffee at all sites
• 'USF Pediatric & Med-Peds Residents United' GroupMe
• Dress up theme days
• Annual Town Hall meetings
• Big/Little Sib Peer mentorship and Faculty mentorship programs 

Please check out the USF GME Wellness page and the USF Health Morsani Collège of Medicine Health and Wellness guide for even more information!

USF Pediatrics Wellness House Cup Competition

More and more we’re learning that it’s not enough to just avoid things that make us sick, rather it’s very important that we’re actively pursuing things which make us well. With this in mind the residency program created the USF Pediatrics Wellness House Cup competition, which is a program-wide, yearlong competition in which each of our Pediatric and Med-Peds residents earns Wellness Points for his or her house by participating in a series of wellness-minded activities

Like true pediatricians, we’ve chosen a Harry Potter theme; residents are sorted into each of the 4 traditional Hogwarts Houses and sent acceptance letters during intern orientation. They remain in their house throughout residency. There is no doubt, at the University of South Florida we are fostering great resiliency among our residents and continuing to build on our program’s true sense of community through our focus on resident wellness.