MCW Emergency Medicine publishes “Resident Well-Being: A Guide for Residency Programs”

Dec. 12, 2017 MCW News - This book provides tools for programs to encourage resident self-care and resiliency training, and underscores the importance of how personal wellness influences patient care. The resource addresses how to help residents with burnout, depression, stress, and work-life balance. Also included are tools and policies from various residency programs that have been successfully implemented for resident wellness.

Additional contributors include: Larisa Coldebella, MD; Nancy Jacobson, MD; Nicole Lopez, MD; Angelo Perino Jr., MD; and Loice Swisher, MD.

Alicia M. Pilarski, DO, is an associate professor of emergency medicine at the Medical College of Wisconsin. She completed medical school at Touro University in California and her emergency medicine residency training at University of Nevada School of Medicine in Las Vegas. Dr. Pilarski was involved with wellness and resilience during residency as chief resident and founded the MCW Emergency Medicine Wellness Committee in 2011. Since that time, the committee has been involved in wellness initiatives, building resiliency among residents, and engaging in community outreach; it continues to expand each year to encompass more institution-wide changes that affect Emergency medicine provider well-being.

Dr. Pilarski is a member of the Council of Residency Directors and is involved in its resiliency committee and mental health task force. She also is a member of the American College of Emergency Physicians and is a part of its wellness committee.

Jill Simonson, BA, has been employed by the Medical College of Wisconsin for over seventeen years and is currently the Education Program Manager in the Department of Emergency Medicine. She graduated from Alverno College with an academic focus in business and management along with computer science. In the past, she served on the Housestaff Health and Welfare Committee and was a member of the Graduate Medical Education Committee, The Residents as Educators Committee, and the MCWAH Program Coordinator Event Planning Committee. On a national level, she is a member of the Emergency Medicine Association of Residency Coordinators and has served as a Member-at-Large and Secretary. Jill has written eight abstracts and presented at Surgical Education Week, the ACGME Annual Conference and the Surgical & Surgical Specialties Residency Program Administrators/Coordinators Workshop.

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