Interdisciplinary OHSU authors examine resident wellness in Academic Medicine

AcadMed_March2012_coverSix OHSU authors are listed under the title of a paper in the March issue of Academic Medicine. What's unique about this fact? It's not the number of authors, or their academic credentials, but their representation of the learning continuum that is a focus in the School of Medicine, and elsewhere, as we look to model our education programs for the needs of the 21st century.

"We talk all the time about a continuum of learning, and it's just marvelous that we've been able to take that idea and put it to use in examining the important issue of resident wellness," said Donald Girard, MD, MACP, one of the authors. "A physician's career begins long before a medical degree is earned and continues for the duration of that person's life. How can we foster wellness and personal health across that continuum?"

In the paper, colleagues* in the Divisions of Undergraduate, Graduate and Continuing Medical Education compared trends among residents at OHSU and demographically similar peers in accessing personal health care.

The authors conclude that the residents were significantly less likely than their peers to have a primary care provider or dentist or to participate in routine health maintenance. They recommend further research into barriers preventing residents from accessing health care, and opportunities to address them.

*Paper authors:

  • Elizabeth Bower, MD, MPH, Assistant Dean for Continuing Medical Education and Assistant Professor, Department of Medicine
  • Andrea Cedfeldt, MD, Graduate Medical Education Consultant and Assistant Professor, Department of Medicine
  • Dongseok Choi, PhD, Associate Professor, Department of Public Health & Preventive Medicine
  • Christine Flores, Associate Director, Graduate Medical Education
  • Donald Girard, MD, MACP, Associate Dean for Graduate Medical Education and Continuing Medical Education and Professor, Department of Medicine
  • Tana Grady-Weliky, MD, former Associate Dean for Undergraduate Medical Education and Professor, Department of Psychiatry


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