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The health and well-being of our residents is of paramount importance to our residency programs. Learn about how we support resident, faculty, and GME staff health and wellness.

The health and well-being of our residents is of paramount importance to our residency programs. We encourage and promote healthy lifestyles, healthy choices and healthy living. The HCA Florida Kendall Hospital community and specifically the Office of Graduate Medical Education support resident, faculty and GME staff health and wellness.

Resident orientation

Our health and wellness philosophy begins at resident orientation. During resident orientation, our health and wellness philosophy is discussed with the incoming interns. We also provide the following presentations during resident orientation:

  • Physician Burnout, Depression and Suicide
  • Physician Self-Care
  • SAFER online workshop.

Crisis cards

The Office of Graduate Medical Education developed a "crisis card". This card provides residents, faculty and GME staff a tool to utilize if they are experiencing a crisis event. The crisis cards have been provided to all faculty, residents and GME staff. The concept behind the crisis card is that we recognize that some individuals have difficulty verbalizing that they need help. The crisis card offers the individual a nonverbal way of requesting assistance by handing the crisis card to a faculty member, GME staff, another resident and/or healthcare provider. The reverse side of the crisis card provides specific instructions to the assist the individual in crisis.

Crisis card text

Ask me if I am an immediate danger to myself or anyone else.

If yes:

  • Do not leave me alone.
  • Accompany me to the nearest ER & wait with me until I am seen by the on-call psychiatrist or call 911 and stay with me until I am in the ambulance.

If no:

  • Alert my PD if I consent.
  • Help me schedule an appointment to see a psychiatrist and/or psychologist.
  • Set appointment now with me to discuss progress in one to two weeks.

Wellness workshops

Through our community partnerships, the Office of Graduate Medical Education offers a variety of wellness workshops:

Yoga and mindfulness workshops

The purpose of these workshops is to provide residents, faculty and GME staff with practical knowledge and experience in the philosophy of Mindfulness and the science of Yoga. The specific workshops were selected for their practical application in aiding physicians to become and/or remain clear-headed, healthy, balanced and successful in the high-stress, precision-driven nature of healthcare.

The Mindfulness workshops include:

  • Introduction to Mindfulness
  • Meditation
  • Breath Training
  • Basic Physical Postures
  • Mindful Communication Skills
  • Visualization
  • Mindfulness and Burnout Prevention
Program–specific wellness

In addition to the wellness opportunities offered by the institution and the Office of Graduate Medical Education, our residency programs offer program-specific wellness opportunities. Please discuss with your program leadership and/or chief residents.

Employee assistance program (EAP)

The EAP offers a range of services that address personal or work-related issues. The services are easy to access and free of charge to residents, faculty and GME staff. For more information, the services are available through:

Beacon Health Options

(800) 434-5100

The services offered include:

Counseling services

Talk one-on-one with an experienced, licensed counselor for support with stress management, strengthening relationships, work/life balance, grief and loss and more. The service is strictly confidential.

Legal services

Legal support for:

  • Divorces
  • Landlord and tenant issues
  • Real estate transactions
  • Will and power of attorney
  • Civil lawsuits and contracts
  • Identity theft recovery
Financial services

Financial services for:

  • Saving for college debt consolidation
  • Mortgage issues
  • Estate planning
  • General tax questions
  • Retirement planning
  • Family budgeting
Online resources

Topics include:

  • Depression
  • Strengthening marriage and relationships
  • Stress management
  • Anxiety
  • Conflict management
  • Weight management
  • Communication

Recognizing the impaired physician

There is a long tradition of concern at HCA Florida Kendall Hospital for the impaired professional. Greater awareness has led to increased recognition of addictions, depression, stress management, inappropriate displays of anger and behavior problems in our faculty and residents and a continued interest in the treatment of the impaired professional. Physicians can become dysfunctional in a variety of ways, just like the patients they treat. Their individual problems often manifest in ways that can harm the patients whom they serve, the institutions that employ them, their families and the colleagues with whom they work.

Physicians often have difficulty admitting their problems with drugs or alcohol, and too often, do not get the help they need until a crisis is reached. Early interventions in confronting physicians who are heading for trouble are needed and if necessary, intensive treatment programs for the compromised professional can be made available. Initiating this process can be difficult for colleagues and supervisors. If advice or recommendations are needed, please contact the Office of Graduate Medical Education who will discuss with the Office of Medical Staff Services.