An Emphasis on Wellness

Many practicing 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 several steps to ensure our residents are being well cared for and supported. Emboldened by the recent creation of a resident-led Wellness Committee, there have been several initiatives enacted to foster each resident’s sense of community and well-being:

  • Wellness Wednesday Family Dinners each month
  • WELLNESS'USF Pediatric & Med-Peds Residents United' WhatsApp Group
  • Dress up theme days
  • PL1 Teambuilding Retreat and PL2 Leadership Retreat
  • Wellness-Themed Noon Conferences each month:
    • Mindfulness
    • Meditation Sessions
    • Pet Therapy
    • Yoga
    • Art Therapy
    • Debriefing Sessions
    • Etc.
  • 'The Wellness Box' for your phone and/or pager during Protected Academic Time
  • Town Hall Meetings
  • USF Pediatrics Wellness House Cup
  • Big/Little Sib Mentorship Program
  • Wellness-Themed Program Communications each day:
    • Mindful Monday
    • Trivia Tuesday
    • Wellness Wednesday
    • Thankful Thursday
    • Fulfillment Friday

More and more we’re learning that it’s not enough to just avoid those things which make us sick, rather it’s very important that we’re actively pursuing those things which make us well. Miscellaneous To that end, we created the USF Pediatrics Wellness House Cup competition, which is a program-wide, yearlong scavenger hunt 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 this year, as residents were sorted into each of the 4 traditional Hogwarts Houses and sent Acceptance Letters. 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.

USF Pediatric & Med-Peds Residents United - WhatsApp Group

Dress up theme days