About the Physician Wellness & Resilience Program
Our vision for the wellness & resilience of our clinicians does not come from an initiative, or even program, but rather a culture and community that recognize clinician wellness as a fundamental aspect of a vibrant environment in which to care for our patients. The vulnerability and challenges faced by physicians at times is unique and may at others be more intense compared other clinicians. We strongly believe these issues cannot be addressed in isolation from the rest of the medical community.
Our initiatives are strongly focused on awareness and normalcy of the consideration of physician wellness in all organizational concerns. Our Wellness & Resilience program and its initiatives are a demonstration of this understanding. We are exceptionally proud of our ability to positively affect the culture of our community as well as our results in promoting individual and communal physician joy and wellness.
As Your Best Place to Work, Orlando Health provides you with a comprehensive Well-Being program. Every service and resource of this program is designed to care for and about you by empowering you to live a healthy and fulfilled life.
At first, I was hesitant to work with the Physician Wellness Program provided by Orlando Health. I had my reservations regarding confidentiality, and I would say I really didn’t comprehend the role a Physician Coach would play in my life. I decided to inquire about the program when I was searching for guidance on how to pivot from the existing work, I was involved in. I have worked with the Physician Wellness Program and have personally worked with Mary D. Senne, PhD. in her role as a physician coach. I believe that the work of the program is essential in not only helping physicians decrease burnout but build resiliency and self- compassion within the demands of their careers and life. With the help of my physician coach, I have been able to transition into a work environment that better suits my needs.
Physician wellness, resilience and prevention of burnout is a key and important component of all graduate medical education programs. The accrediting body of GME (ACGME) has prominently focused the need to incorporate a wellbeing curriculum and interventions into all ACGME programs. At OH, all programs must have policies and procedures in place to incorporate wellness and resilience into the standard training curriculum. Every program uses its own unique methods of incorporating wellness and preventing burnout. All programs also take the mini z burnout survey 2xs a year; and it is mandatory for all 1st year residents and fellows to meet with our physician coaches. Mary Senne and Kenny Tello have been an instrumental and vital component of the success of the OH wellness programs. Their unique experience and expertise in GME make their input invaluable to continuing compliance and the success of OH wellness, resilience, and prevention of burnout initiatives.
I have been a frequent utilizer of the physician coaching services offered here at Orlando Health. Personally, I have met with Dr. Senne on several occasions to improve my work-life balance, set long term career goals, work to develop my skills as a resident educator, and enhance my resilience. Additionally, I have sought Dr. Senne and Kenny Tello out to work with the residency program to teach skills such as mindfulness and best approaches to reaching a colleague in need.