Internal Medicine Wellness



"Wellness is an active process through which people become aware of, and make choices towards a more successful existence." - Dr. Hetter, National Wellness Institute




Burnout in medical trainees is extensive and a critical issue. It is associated with increased rates of depression, suicide, and poor clinical performance.  Enhancing resilience, the ability to adapt well in the face of adversity is a potential tool to mitigate burnout and improve professional development. The curriculum has been developed to cultivate resilience and to promote well-being. Our goal is to address all aspects of well-being:  psychological, physical, emotional, financial, social, and medical issues.


The Internal Medicine Well-being Committee is comprised of a group of peer-selected residents dedicated to improving the work environment experience and quality of life of our residents. Members of the committee are from all three years of training. The program leadership and the Chair of the Institution's Well-Being Task Force, Dr. Mukta Panda, serve as advisors to the group.


The Internal Medicine Well-being Committee not only works with residents in our program but also works with the GME Resident Advisory Board and Well-being Task Force to incorporate institution-wide changes to promote well-being. These committees and initiatives are comprised of residents from each GME residency and fellowship program.


Activities and Didactics

  • Hourglass Curriculum
  • Pet Therapy
  • Financial Advising Session
  • Resident Retreat in March
  • PGY-3 Appreciation!
  • Physical Wellness: PCP/Dentistry Information Session
  • Art Therapy
  • Meditation and the Art of Decompressing
  • Monthly Newsletter
  • Intern Welcome Party 



UT College of Medicine Chattanooga     960 East Third Street, Suite 100     Chattanooga, TN 37403     (800)947-7823, ext 6956

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