Promoting Physician Well-Being and Engagement



We are committed to promoting overall wellness, including well-being and engagement at the University of Tennessee College of Medicine Chattanooga. Our efforts have resulted in the establishment and promotion of wellness-related activities for our campus including those at the program and institutional level, but we will strive to continue to make improvements.  As part of these efforts, we have established a Resident Advisory Board.  The Dean has also expanded the scope of our Assistant Dean for Medical Student Education to include Wellness.  We hope you will review the letter below from our Dean and Assistant Dean, Dr. Mukta Panda, as well as helpful links and information on the right-hand menu.  These include:

  • Resident Support Services
  • NexGen Resident Assistant Program
  • Our 2016 Well-Being Survey Results
  • Our Well-Being and Engagement  Letter
  • Wellness Resources
  • ACGME Wellness Tools & Resources                            
Please take time to review the above links and our well-being and engagement letter below -- Thank you!


 Dear Colleagues, Residents, and Students:


The University of Tennessee College of Medicine Chattanooga, (UTCOMC) is committed to promoting physician trainee well-being and engagement. This issue is of high priority for us, and we have partnered with our affiliate hospital The Erlanger Health System (EHS), in this endeavor. With the assistance of the wellness task force which draws on the experience and participation from UTCOMC GME Leadership, the Chief Medical Officer, Chief Nursing Officer, Chief of Staff and a champion from most departments we have initiated a program which is dedicated to:

  • Understanding and promoting physician and trainee engagement and well-being
  • Providing resources for physicians and trainees that help them promote their own wellness
  • Discovering personal and organizational approaches to prevent and address physician and trainee distress
  • Creating a workplace culture that is energy replenishing

                                                           WELLNESS TASK FORCE

Mukta Panda, MD, MACP, Professor and Assistant Dean for Medical Student Education
R. Bruce Shack, MD, Professor and Dean (also Chair, Plastic Surgery)
Robert C. Fore, EdD, Professor and Associate Dean for Academic Affairs/DIO
William L. Jackson Jr., MD, MBA, Executive Vice President and Chief Medical Officer
Jan Keys, DNP, RN, FACE, Senior Vice President and Chief Nursing Executive
Pamela Gordon, MBA, CPHQ, Vice President of Patient Safety and Quality
James Sizemore, MD, Assistant Professor and Chief of Staff
Jennifer Whitley Dooley, MD, Assistant Professor and Program Director, Internal Medicine Residency
W. Heath Giles, MD, Assistant Professor and Program Director, Surgery Residency 
Janara J. Huff, MD, Clinical Assistant Professor and Program Director, Pediatrics Residency
Garrett Lam, MD, Professor and Chair, OB/GYN
Sudave Mendiratta, MD, Assistant Professor and Chair, Emergency Medicine, and Program Director, Emergency Medicine Residency
Bob Zylsra, Ed.D., LCSW, Professor and Director of Behavioral Science, Family Medicine Residency
Jeremy Lambert, Chaplain
Jamie Gilbreath, MS, GME Representative
Olivia Morin, MD, PGY-3 Surgery Resident, House Staff Association President, Resident Advisory Board Representative 


We appreciate your assistance in completing the survey sent in the late summer of 2016. Results are available on the UTCOMC website and EHS intranet.





R. Bruce Shack, MD

Professor and Dean


Mukta Panda, MD, MACP

Professor and Assistant Dean for Wellness and Medical Student Education 






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