I consider myself very lucky to have matched into a program that values wellness the way we do. It’s not just an objective to add to the website or a pamphlet to read, it’s lived out. I’m given freedom, balance in the call schedule and weekends off, time with my wife and the ability to fly to see my family out of state. I’m treated respectfully, invested in as a person, not just in my training. I’m thankful for LLUH and this program, I’m learning not only how to be the best surgeon I can be, but how to be balanced and healthy emotionally and physically as well. These are personal techniques and tools that will come with me when I graduate.
Vascular surgery training can be stressful and strenuous. As a division we emphasize the need for a balanced life. We’re growing a culture of wholeness and inclusivity. We actively support each other professionally and personally and consider ourselves a big family. We value each other’s individuality and strengths. We recognize we’re all connected and that our differences and diversity make us a stronger team.
Fellow wellness is extremely important to our division & we proudly have a wellness director, quarterly wellness discussions/educational activities, and are always looking to grow as a division. Fellows take call 1-2 weekends a month and 1-2 days a week. We’ve created a cushioned schedule to allow for a more balanced lifestyle. When a fellow isn’t on call they are not expected to be around. Fellows are given a protected half day for academic time and are encouraged to attend and present at regional and national conferences as they desire. Our fellows have enjoyed exploring southern California, from the beaches to the mountains and big cities around us.
Faculty wellness is essential to a healthy division, fellowship and residency programs, and overall health of our team. Our attendings have designated half days for academic time, bi-weekly meetings as a team to work through items, strategize together, build community, and dream up the future of our division. From team lunches, to dinners, our team enjoys time together & challenges each other to seek wellness in their practice and life. Attendings are encouraged to join committees, attend and present at regional and national conferences & pursue academics that bring them joy & purpose.