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Resident Wellness

Chief Wellness Officer, Dr. Andrea Wasilewski

Chief Wellness Officer
Dr. Andrea Wasilewski

Wellness in the Department of Neurology at the University of Rochester means practicing medicine of the highest order in a supportive, collaborative, and stimulating environment. This enables our residents and faculty to flourish in both their professional and personal lives.

Led by our Chief Wellness Officer, Dr. Andrea Wasilewski (UR Neurology Class of 2018), our resident wellness program focuses on the development and implementation of initiatives meant to improve the resident experience. Our residents graduate well-rounded and well prepared to handle the sometimes taxing aspects of independent Neurology practice.

Key Initiatives

  • To discuss and monitor the signs, symptoms, and consequences of trainee burnout
  • To develop educational, professional, and social programming to highlight and combat issues that can lead to burnout specifically during residency training
  • To cultivate an inclusive and supportive environment that fosters personal and professional growth
  • To encourage participation in national programs, such as those spearheaded by our own Heidi Schwarz through the AAN (as Co-Chair of the Burnout Work Group), as well as those sponsored by the NAM, AMA, AAMC, and ACGME

New for 2021-2022

  • Resident “buddy system,” which pairs a PGY1 with a PGY2 or PGY3 resident to provide support and encouragement during the sometimes stressful intern year
  • Creation of a resident “wish list” to identify and regularly address resident needs and suggestions for practical improvements
  • Development of a resident well-being “fuel gauge,” to help residents examine the factors affecting their physical and psychological status on a regular basis
  • Monthly round table resident discussions, led by Dr. Wasilewski and other key faculty members to assess needs and concerns, so that wellness initiatives remain dynamic and relevant
  • Resident-driven quality improvement projects to assess, study, and ultimately improve patient care and system processes
  • Multiple planned social events, including wine tastings, ice skating, apple picking, and intramural sports
  • Wellness Journal Club

Resident Wellness photoAdditional Resources


American Academy of Neurology

National Academy of Medicine

Association of American Medical Colleges