The mission of the UTMB Pediatrics Wellbeing Committee is to enhance organizational health by fostering interest and encouraging residents to initiate or expand healthier lifestyles, provide diverse wellness programs to meet a wide range of personal health needs, recognize residents for participating in healthier lifestyles activities, decrease absenteeism due to illness and stress, and develop a positive culture that is focused on celebrating and improving the quality of life for all residents.
Resident Wellbeing is a principle at the forefront of our program. We aim to foster a supportive learning environment, provide seminars related to self-care topics, and organize group activities to enhance the wellbeing of our trainees. The resident wellbeing committee was assembled in 2020 to provide resident-driven ideas to enhance the overall wellbeing of our residents. Follow us on Facebook (add link) and Instagram (add link) to see what we are doing!
Self-Care topics reviewed yearly include stress management, time management, shame resilience, self-compassion, empathy, sleep and fatigue, mindfulness, emotional intelligence, incivility and bullying, and positive psychology. These topics are universal to all UTMB Residency Programs. See the UTMB GME Wellbeing page for other institutional-sponsored activities.
Program Group Activities
- Intern Welcome BBQ
- Halloween Pumpkin Carving
- Thanksgiving Potluck
- Christmas Tree Decorating/Holiday Party
- Level-Specific Class Retreats
- Program-Wide Retreat
- Chief’s Monthly Happy Hour
- Generation Cup Challenge
- Graduation Banquet
Houses were created to promote camaraderie and connection within the resident body. Houses are named after prominent faculty members past and present in the department. Interns are sorted into a house yearly. Houses participate in activities to earn points
towards the House Cup Trophy at the end of the year!
- House of Cooke after Henry Pendleton Cooke MD: He was the first professor of Pediatrics/Dean of Medicine (1898-1901) and Galveston
City Health Officer (1886-1890, 1917-1919). The House
Traits are: Heroism, Leadership, and Prompt.
- House of Daeschner after William Daeschner MD: He was Department Chair (1961-1989) and ABP President (1974-1975). He organized the department into
divisions. The House Traits are: Humble, Personable, and Warmth.
- House of Lockhart after Lillian Lockhart MD: She was the Director
of the Division of Genetics (1964-2020) and one
of the first female geneticists to teach at a university and she analyzed
chromosomes of astronauts who returned from space. The House Traits are: Resourceful, Trailblazer, and Balance.
- House of Robinson after Sally Robinson MD: She started
the Complex Care Clinic and currently has over 55
years of Service to UTMB. She is the author
of the weekly article “Keeping Kids Healthy” in the Galveston Daily News. The House Traits are: Compassion, Calmness, and Dedication.
- House of Bly after Keith Bly MD: He was the Pediatric
Program Director (2013-2015) and he was the Rainbow
Connection Camp Medical Director for 10 years. The House Traits are: Fun, Empathy, and Uniqueness.
The program offers intern mentoring by upper levels with our resident buddy system. Faculty advisors are also paired with each resident to meet at least every 6 months to discuss resident and career goals.
Residents are provided 4 well-being half-days per year for health maintenance appointments such as general health, dental, and vision appointments. Outpatient-based rotations are eligible times to utilize these half-days.
Residents are given 3 weeks of vacation (15 business days) per year plus 5 days in the December/January time frame for the holidays. A 2-week vacation (10 business days) is prescheduled and paired with a 2-week rotation. The other 5 business days
can be taken at the resident’s discretion while on outpatient-based rotations, eg 2 days in outpatient rotation A, 2 days in outpatient rotation B, and 1 day in outpatient rotation C.
We are pediatricians and love our babies! Our program provides support for time dedicated for lactation, lactation rooms for pumping, as well as designated storage for breastmilk while on campus.
Employee Assistance Program
UTMB offers all employees access to the University of Texas Employee Assistance Program (UTEAP). UTEAP provides counseling and consultation services for all types of life concerns.
Some of the most common reasons that employees contact EAP are
- Stress and Anxiety
- Alcohol/Drug Problems
- Parenting and Family Concerns
- Grief or Bereavement
- Anger Management
- Change and Life Transitions
- Work Conflicts
- Communication Skills
Wellbeing Committee Members
- Alisha Adhikari
- Joanne Acevedo
- Monique Canlas
- Tiffany Chan
- Maureen Chavez
- Reshma Patel
- Cleavon Covington, Faculty Sponsor
- Marcela Navarro, Faculty Sponsor
We have a close-knit program with a family feel. We support residents through resident-level resources such as peer-elected Resident Council members and assistant chiefs.
Faculty Support for residents
We also support our residents through excellent faculty who maintain high standards for residency education. They are approachable, invested in the success of our residents, and committed to supporting residents’ development of a firm foundation of pediatric knowledge and skills for independent learning that will follow them into practice. Faculty serve as resident advisors and scholarly activity mentors in addition to their roles as supervisors and educators in clinical settings.