Department of
Internal Medicine at Highland Hospital
A member of Alameda Health System

Wellness Program

Wellness Program

Resident wellness is a program priority here at Highland Hospital. We believe that the only way to deliver high quality and equitable care to patients is to take care of our residents and to promote self care.

Here are several ways we nurture resident wellness:

  • Intern/Resident support pods: These are monthly meetings moderated by psychologists to create a safe space for interns and residents to discuss professional and personal issues. These pods are separated by class and are completely confidential. Housestaff are completely protected from clinical duties; the pagers get handed over to the attending or chief residents at the beginning of the hour.
  • Fun time noon conferences and parties: The chief residents hold occasional lunches out on the basketball court for a mid-week breather. There are also other times to socialize during the week day with holiday parties, hallway parties, and after hours get-togethers.
  • Burnout panel and skills workshop: The first step of preventing burnout is to be able to identify it. Mindfulness and burnout education is an important part of the first intern week orientation. Burnout panel of attendings is also held every year to normalize burnout, followed by a skills workshop where residents teach their peers coping mechanisms.
  • Duty hour restrictions: The program strongly adheres to the ACGME duty hours but in addition also adheres to duty hours negotiated through CIR.



Pictures: Left, Chief resident Nasr leads residents in a mediation exercise. Right, Program director, Dr. Subramanian, leads residents through an exercise to identify what drains and energizes us.