Compared to established physicians, residents have a very different set of challenges. They are dealing with new relationships, young families, uncertainty about where they will settle down, and a host of similar challenges – while at the same time trying to meet the demands of long work hours and becoming adept in their specialty.
Another key consideration is to recognize these individuals came of age in a different era than older established physicians. As people who grew up after 1980, their cultural norms around the use of communication technologies are fundamentally different, and their views about the world have developed through a set of lenses that are largely unfamiliar to older people.
Looking at physician well-being through these lenses changes the goals and the delivery of programs designed for the resident community. A resident well-being program is an opportunity to establish healthy habits, and build a foundation for a long and fulfilling career.