Graduate Medical Education Wellness Resources

Maine Medical Center and the Department of Medical Education is committed to the well-being of residents and fellows – which can sometimes be challenging during the rigors of post-graduate training. It is very important that you take care of yourself, both physically and mentally, so that you can fully realize the opportunities of your education and fully participate in the best care of our patients. There are many resources for employees, residents and fellows, that are often under-utilized, including peer support from your fellow residents. Residency and fellowship Program Directors and Managers are an excellent resource as well. 

Self-Assessment Tools

Consider using one of the following, validated self-assessment tools if you are wondering about your health. Your use of these tools is completely anonymous and never tracked. If you are concerned about your results, please contact your primary care provider or call LifeBalance Employee Assistance Program (877) 259-3785.

Work-life Balance

Do you find it difficult to balance the different roles in your life? Take the online work life balance quiz to find out and learn more. 

Burnout

This confidential questionnaire can help you screen yourself for symptoms of burnout. It will help you identify feelings and experiences you have about your work, so that you can get a feel for whether you might be vulnerable to burnout. 

Alcohol Use

Learn about what are symptoms of an alcohol use disorder. Understand alcohol and its effects from Rethinking Drinking

Depression

Use this online tool to screen for depression.  

Self-compassion

Test how self compassionate you are with this online assessment

Stress

Understand how stress can hurt, and take an online stress online assessment

Maine Medical Center Resources

Maine Medical Center offers many excellent resources for resident and fellows, as well as all employees (and often family members too). Click on the links below for more information.

LifeBalance Employee Assistance Program

Available to all MaineHealth employees and their family members, LifeBalance is a 24/7 free and confidential resource program designed to help you manage whatever challenge you’re facing. To login please use ID: mainehealth and Password: lifebalance.

Peer-to-Peer 

Our Peer Support Program is an all-inclusive service designed to help Medical Staff, residents and fellows address challenges before they become overwhelming. This program is open to all active house staff and cannot be accessed unless you are within network. For more information please contact the Department of Medical Education at (207) 662-7060.

Chaplain Services

Our chapel is located in the Maine General Building on the 1st floor. 

Lactation Center Locations

We offer lactation locations throughout our East Tower, where our Family Birth Center is located — on all floors.

Meditation

We offer a meditation room in the East Tower on the 1st floor. 

Psychiatry Department

The residency Program Director for Psychiatry is willing to see residents and fellows who need short-term counseling.

Medical Professionals Health Program

“Supporting Maine’s health care professionals who struggle with substance use and behavioral health illnesses.”

Integrative Medicine

Integrative medicine makes use of the best of conventional and alternative medicine. It weighs both approaches while seeking care that is responsive to the needs and health of individual patients. This requires the doctor and patient to work together as a team.

World's Gym

Free to all residents and fellows, World's Gym offers a full service fitness facility featuring group classes, steam room and excellent fitness equipment. 

Additional Information

Interactive Tools

  • Smartphone App: Naturespace (free) – Relax, meditate focus sleep and rest with 3D sounds, sonic therapy for anxiety and stress relief.
  • Smartphone App: Headspace (free, subscription) – Short, guided meditation 
  • Smartphone App: The Mindfulness App: Meditation for Everyone (subscription)
  • Smartphone App: Buddhiffy ($2.99) – Rated by Buzzfeed as the best meditation app to ease anxiety
 

Self-Help Resources

Work & Well Being Toolkit for Physicians

Developed by the University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus, School of Medicine, Behavioral Health and Wellness Program in 2014, this document will give you a good understanding of what well-being is for physicians, self-assessment tools, how to build a change plan and more. 

Live and Work Well — Resiliency

These toolkits focused on helping with resiliency offer a variety of ways you can work on your long-term well being. 

Good Reads

  • The Feeling Good Handbook, by David D. Burns, M.D. 
  • The Relaxation and Stress Reduction Workbook, by Davis, Eshelman, McKay & Fanning 
  • Kitchen Table Wisdom, by Rachel Naomi Remen, M.D. 
  • Staying Human During Residency Training (How to Survive and Thrive After Medical School), by Allan D. Peterkin, M.D. 
  • Forgive and Remember-Managing Medical Failure, by Charles L. Bosk 
  • This Side of Doctoring: Reflections from Women in Medicine, by Eliza Lo Chin, M.D. 
 

Staying Healthy

Works on Wellness — WOW 

WOW offers health wellness coaching - 3 sessions included are: 

  • Nutrition
  • Stress reduction
  • Exercise

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