Balancing work and a life outside of career is often one of the most challenging tasks for a physician. At the same time, we know family and friends are some of the most important support systems available to caregivers, at any stage in their careers.
Children’s encourages our physicians to prioritize friends, family and a life outside of work. This includes regularly scheduling time with loved ones, and following through on the commitment. We encourage physicians to focus on the quality of time spent rather than the quantity of time. Physicians should disengage from work and electronics when spending time with loved ones, find hobbies and discover ways to get involved in leisure activities outside the office.
Dr. Joe Williams writes more on this topic and the research that has been done in this area.
Since most physicians continue working to achieve balance most of their career, it is often helpful to talk through social wellness tips and tools and find support with other physician colleagues. That is why Children’s created the Physician Wellbeing Mentor Program.
Physician Wellbeing Mentor Program
Children’s recently created the Physician Wellbeing Mentor Program that matches new physician hires with a physician that has been at Children’s at least five years, in an attempt to establish a trusting relationship and support the mentee by bridging the gap between mental, physical, and emotional wellness program offerings at Children’s.
If you are a Children’s physician and interested in learning more, email Kathleen.Smith3@choa.org.