Wellness Resources

Wellness during the COVID-19 pandemic

The WSU Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Neurosciences is offering a new program providing free assistance for members of the WSU community who may be facing challenges coping with the demands of the pandemic.
Warriors Strong Together provides free mental health intervention to all faculty, staff and students of Wayne State University during this time. As an added convenience, the services are available by telephone or videoconferencing per the caller's preference.

National Suicide Prevention Hotline

If you are in crisis, please call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline: 1-800-273-TALK (8255) or contact the Crisis Text Line by texting TALK to 741741.  Regarding suicide prevention, see

Wayne State University Resources

  • WSU Counseling and Psychological Services (CAPS)   313-577-3398;  the CAPS after-hours crisis telephone line is 313-577-9982
  • WSU College of Education – Counseling & Testing Center  313-577-1681
  • WSU Employee Assistance Program - EAP provides a confidential location for employees and their families to receive assistance with personal matters. The EAP provides professional counseling, education and referral services to you and your family members. You can contact the EAP 24/7/365!  1-800-448-8326.  EAP can help you with a variety of issues:  Marital and family problems, child or adult care issues, alcohol and/or drug abuse, balancing work and family, depression and anxiety, work-related concerns, financial or legal problems, career transition issues, personal growth and development     Read more
  • You may also access the Ulliance Life Enhancement Resource Center.
  • Wellness Warriors Program - Our nationally recognized Wellness Warriors program is free for full-time eligible employees and is designed to offer each participant the tools and resources to create a personalized wellness plan. More information.

City of Detroit Resources

Detroit Wayne County Mental Health Authority (DWCMHA)  800-241-4949 or 313-833-2500

ACGME Wellness Resources

The Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education (ACGME) has created a webpage for residents and fellows that promotes a culture of physician well-being and provides support in the case of burnout, depression, or suicide. Read more.

  • The ACGME Council of Review Committee Residents (CRCR) designed the "Back to Bedside" initiative to empower residents and fellows to develop transformative projects that combat burnout by fostering meaning in their learning environments: engaging on a deeper level with what is at the heart of medicine: their patients.
  • The ACGME has a tools and resources web page dedicated to physician well-being.  Resources to support local efforts to improve resident, fellow, and faculty well-being can be found here.
  •  The ACGME has launched a new suite of resources devoted to physician well-being, called AWARE.  These resources focus primarily on individual strategies for cognitive skill-building. AWARE includes a video workshop, an phone app, and two podcasts.  Access the AWARE website here.

AAMC Wellness Resources

AMA wellness resources to help boost your personal well-being

National Academy of Medicine

Physicians Connected

  • Physicians Connected strives to inspire empathy and awareness about depression among physician trainees.

Personal Strategies

  • Focus on time and stress management, leadership and personal effectiveness skills:  Mind Tools
  • Part of AMA's STEPS Forward program:  Mini-Z burnout survey
  • Residents are eligible for free access to Headspace, a meditation and mindfulness app that offers guided meditations.  Log in through the AMA website here.  
  • Tools on stress assessment, self-scoring 7-habits profile on current level of self-effectiveness, and 360 degree assessments for self-awareness: Franklin Covey
  • Journaling "can alleviate stress and act as a tool to help manage anxiety and depression."  How?  See this article in the August 2020 issue of the Ulliance newsletter.

Wellness Research:  Shapiro's Physician Wellness Hierarchy

Shapiro et al., Beyond Burnout: A Physician Wellness Hierarchy Designed to Prioritize Interventions at the Systems Level, American Journal of Medicine, 2019:   Burnout has been implicated in higher physician turnover, reduced patient satisfaction, and worsened safety, but understanding the degree of burnout in a given physician or team does not direct leaders to solutions. The model proposed in this article integrates a long list of variables that may ameliorate burnout into a prioritize easy-to-understand hierarchy. Modified from Maslow's hierarchy, the model directs leaders to address physicians' basic physical and mental health needs first; patient and physician physical safety second; and then address higher-order needs, including respect from colleagues, patients, processes, and the electronic health record; appreciation and connection; and finally, time and resources to heal patients and contribute to the greater good. Assessments based on this model will help leaders prioritize interventions and improve physician wellness.

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For information on GME's Resident Wellness Scale (RWS), click here.

The RWS is a 10-item scale empirically designed to measure a resident's wellness over the preceding 3 weeks. It was designed by GME researchers at Wayne State University and Loma Linda University in March 2017. The scale development and initial validity data are now published:

Send questions and comments to GMEWellness@wayne.edu

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