Trainee Work-Life Balance
Resident Fellow Members are particularly susceptible to stress and burnout given the need to balance academic, clinical, and personal life demands during training. A study using the Maslach burnout inventory ( Martini et Al 2004) revealed a 40% burnout rate for Psychiatry residents.
In a 2015 ACGME survey on burnout the number of residents that responded yes to “felt down, depressed or hopeless” during a two-week period was 24.5% as compared to 15.9% of the general population. As a member of the board I will fully support initiatives that promote balancing work and personal life commitments as part of a wellness model.
Increased Access to Mentorship
I have learned the value of mentorship through experiences provided by the National Minority Mentor’s Network and the APA Diversity Leadership Fellowship. All residents should have the opportunity to receive mentorship during their training programs.
Guidance from a mentor will streamline your experiences during residency and ensure that they are high yield and aligned with your professional goals. I will engage APA leadership to provide a structured mentorship experience for all Resident Fellow Members.
The APA has many resources available to Resident and Early Career Psychiatrists. As Resident Fellow Members enter their senior years in training and start their careers, very few residency programs offer training in organizational issues, leadership or the business of medicine.
These resources should be available and easily accessible to all Resident Fellow Members. I will advocate for residency and fellowship programs to provide training outside of the core education track to better prepare us for entering the work environment after residency. I will engage the APA Leadership on ways in which to make resources available to all Resident Fellow Members.