Introducing the WFMR Provider Care Curriculum

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We are excited to introduce our innovative, longitdinal Provider Care Curriculum at the UMASS Worcester Family Medicine Residency!

Under the direction of Dr. Sherriyn Sethi and Dr. Tina Runyan, the curriculum is designed to collaborate with other programs in the residency by creating an environment in which residents participate in exercises designed to foster compassion (compassionate care), humanism (humanistic interaction), empathy (empathic conduct), professionalism, and effective communication through reflective writing, narrative medicine, the arts in residency education, mindfulness practice, meditation, appreciative inquiry, and small group sharing 

                                               A reflective walk in the woods with our Barre residents 

Collectively, this curriculum is designed to encourage resident wellness through the promotion of stress mitigation strategies, practicing and discussing strategies to maintain resiliency, and an introduction to various exercises, outlets and tools to address physician burnout. Through collaborative work between multi-disciplinary faculty and resident representatives at each health center and the central residency, the curriculum is implemented across a series of diverse settings (such as the Worcester Art Museum and through a variety of different modalities (such as exercises, didactics, retreats, and small group sessions).                   

                                                                      At the Worcester Art Museum 

In our monthly residency newsletter, Dr. Runyan includes a monthly "Wellness Moment." Click below to read some of her most recent articles:

Stepping Outside of Your Comfort Zone
Being Unapologetically and Authentically YOU!
I'm Smiling and You Should, Too!


Worcester Art Museum

Introduction to the Provider Care Curriculum at the Worcester
Art Museum
Interns are introduced to the Provider Wellness curriculum during this interactive, afternoon session during Orientation Week. Residents participate in various exercises introducing  mindfulness, medical narrative, reflective writing, and the visual arts  set to the backdrop of the beautiful Worcester Art Museum. Residents participate in various exercises and activities to promote reflection and peer interaction including the opportunity to visit the art galleries.

Medical Humanities Sessions

During the intern year, Interns have protected time to participate in Medical Humanities sessions (broken down by reflective writing, medical narrative, and the visual arts) every other block starting with Block 3 and during their Physician as Leader (PAL-1, Community Health Block). Each session is co-facilitated by a faculty member and upperclassman and includes skill building exercises and small group discussion. Interns are encouraged to submit their work to the Thursday Morning Memo and other publications. 

Physician Wellness Sessions

Every year, residents have dedicated time to devote to learning, practicing and discussing strategies to maintain resiliency and prevent burnout. PGY-1 has roughly 4 hours within the Physician as Leader (PAL-1, Community Health Block) dedicated to wellness sessions led by faulty or a behavioral science fellow. Additionally, interns  have protected time to attend  Physician Wellness sessions every other block starting with Block 2. Each session is co-facilitated by a faculty member and upperclassman.

For more information about Resident Wellness at our residency, contact the faculty members below. : 

Sherrilyn M. Sethi, MMH, D.MH                                                                     Christine Runyan, PhD
Assistant Residency Director, Curriculum Development and Assessment             Director of Behavioral Science