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Please join us in welcoming our new UT GME Advocate/Counselor, Jessie Kelly, LMFT.  Her email address is jessie.kelly@erlanger.org and her office phone is 423.778.9420.  She is located in the UTHSC College of Medicine Chattanooga Dean's Office (Whitehall, Suite 104), but she can schedule meetings in other locations throughout the campus.

Ms. Kelly is available all day on Tuesday's, all day on Thursday's, and Friday mornings (8 am - Noon).  In addition to private counseling session, she is available for group didactics or coaching meetings.  Topics include:

  1. Self-Awareness and Self-Care
  2. Time management and organization Skills
  3. Nurturing Social Support Networks
  4. Self-Care 101
  5. Trauma 101
  6. Work Life Harmony
  7. Managing Family Issues
  8. Impulse Control and Anger Management
  9. Communication and Conflict Management
  10. Coping Skills
  11. Navigating Stress
  12. Women in Professionally Demanding Careers
  13. Boundaries
  14. Nervous System Regulation Techniques
  15. Anger Management
  16. Grief

How well do you achieve Work/Life Balance?  Click here to take a quick QUIZ now.  

View information about the UT and Erlanger Well-Being Task Force.

View information about The Well-Being Index, also one of the valid and reliable surveys listed by the National Academy of Medicine (NAM) Action Collaborative Clinician Well-Being and Resilience. We recommend that you scroll down to one next to the last survey toward the bottom of the screen labeled "Well-Being Index" and click to access the resource. This survey tool and resources are on a mission to end burnout and answer the silent call for help what affects organizations across the country. The Well-Being Indexes were invented by the Mayo Clinic. 

The Well-Being Index tools and resource lists are 100 percent anonymous, web-based tools that evaluate multiple dimensions of distress in just 9 questions. They are designed to measure burnout, provide valuable resources when people need them the most, and track progress over time to promote self-awareness. The ultimate goal is to end burnout among professionals and reduce the adverse consequences that coincide with the strain. 

View valid and reliable screening tools from the National Academy of Medicine (NAM) Action Collaborative Clinician Well-Being and Resilience. Several are available at no cost.  

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Emergency Medicine Residents Wellness Day, Fall 2020

Your residency or fellowship can be one of the most rewarding yet challenging times of your life. The University of Tennessee College of Medicine Chattanooga and its Graduate Medical Education (GME) Programs recognize that you need to concentrate on your own emotional and physical well-being to help you better serve your patients as well as lead a healthier, happier life. These resources can help maintain your well-being by lowering your stress, identifying problem areas, avoiding burnout, and learning how to achieve a healthy work-life balance.  

We are committed to promoting overall wellness, including well-being and engagement at the University of Tennessee Health Science Center College of Medicine Chattanooga. Our efforts have resulted in the establishment and promotion of wellness-related activities for our campus including those at the program and institutional level, but we will strive to continue to make improvements. As part of these efforts, we have established a Resident Advisory Board. The Dean has also expanded the scope of our Assistant Dean for Medical Student Education to include Well-Being. Please review information and resources via the left-hand menu links.

View our GME Institutional Policy on Well-Being. 

View our policy regarding University of Tennessee-provided Resident Support Services. 

View our policy regarding the Aid to Impaired Residents (AIRS) Program. 

Dr. Panda on canoe on lakeView information about a physician well-being initiative called Life Bridge Chattanooga and sponsored by the UTHSC College of Medicine Chattanooga and the local Chattanooga Hamilton County Medical Society. The program was launched in September 2018 and is confidential and open to physicians, including our residents and fellows, and to medical students and PA students rotating with our campus. Costs are supported by grants and donations to the Medical Society and there are no charges or insurance filings for those utilizing the services. 

The University also provides access to a web and phone-based program called the UTHSC GME Employee Assistance Program (EAP) for Residents and Fellows. The program is managed and provided by CIGNA and is available for each Resident/Fellow as well as any dependent and household member living with Resident/Fellow. This confidential program is provided to you at no cost to you and includes professional counseling, family Issues (eldercare, childcare, and pet care), legal and financial resources, referrals, and help with issues such as academics, relationship problems, alcohol and other substance abuse, emotional problems, stress, and much more:   

  • Counseling Services
  • Legal and Financial Consultations
  • Identity Theft
  • Individualized Wellness Resources
  • Health Advocacy
  • Online Resources

University-paid Faculty and Administrative Staff have access to a similar Employee Assistance Program (EAP) administered by OPTUUM.

Faculty who have benefits through Erlanger instead of the University have availability of an Employee Assistance Program (EAP) administered by AETNA.

Learn about the Tennessee Medical Foundation Physician Health Program which works in cooperation with our Aid to Impaired Residents (AIRS) Program.  

Create a login for a well-being and burnout self-screening tool called the Well-Being Index.

Learn about our local Hospice of Chattanooga group Grief Counseling resources available at no charge to anyone grieving the loss of a family member, colleague, friend, or patient -- whether or not they were a patient of HOC.

Learn about the UTHSC CARE Team for UT Medical and PA Students. 

In addition, the UTHSC College of Medicine provides 24/7 resources by phone (at no cost to students)  through the ENI NexGen Total Well-Being Program for its Medical and PA Students (phone # 800.327.2555, Company ID is 8665).  You can register and create a login to access online NexGen resources with the 8665 company ID # at https://nexgeneap.com/loginv2

Additional links are available in the gray box on the right-hand side of this page.

Contact information for our Assistant Dean for Well-Being and Medical Student Education, Dr. Mukta Panda:

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