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One Size Doesn’t Fit All for Wellness: Residents’ Perception of Wellness Programming
Purpose: To investigate which wellness interventions have the most meaning
for a modern cohort of OB/GYN residents.
Background: The 2017 CREOG Resident Survey found significant
associations between the learning environment and wellness. The primary
analysis indicated that PGY-1’s prioritized wellness, and that a sense of
wellness decreased with each PGY level. In order to explore whether
developmental stage influenced how wellness initiatives were perceived, we
performed a secondary analysis of the survey to determine how residents at
different PGY levels perceived wellness interventions.
Methods: A six-item survey on wellness was administered before
the 2017 CREOG exam. IRB exemption was obtained. Participation was
voluntary and anonymous, linked only to PGY level. A mixed-methods
analysis of the data was performed. Descriptive statistics were analyzed with
Microsoft Excel 2010. Mann-Whitney U tests were used to explore
differences between PGY-levels. Thematic analysis of text responses was
Results: Among the 5855 residents, 4,753 answered questions
regarding wellness programming (81% RR). Significant differences existed
between year of training and perceived effectiveness for several initiatives.
PGY1 residents valued peer mentorship (p=0.003) and strategic napping
(p<0.001) more than senior residents, while PGY3 residents emphasized
faculty mentoring (p=.005). Regardless of training level, residents
prioritized the same three activities: wellness days to address personal needs,
team-building retreats, and facilitated exercise programs.
Discussions: OBGYN residents perceive some wellness activities as valuable
throughout training, while the importance of others may vary based on resident
year. Most programs do not yet provide the wellness programs (retreats,
facilitated exercise, personal time) that OBGYN residents identify as most
CREOG & APGO Annual Meeting, 2019, Resident, Faculty, Residency Director, Residency Coordinator, Patient Care, Professionalism, GME, CME, Team-Based Learning,