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Better Health, Better You

  • resident retreat 2018

    Retreat 2018

  • resident retreat group photo with urmc logo

    Department of radio social resident event

  • Group at the Retreat

    Surgery Orientation 2022

Program Mission

The URMC Department of Surgery is deeply committed to the well-being of residents and faculty. We recognize that while medicine comes with great privileges and joy, there are also significant sacrifices and often burdens. Following the principle of Meliora (“always striving to be ever better”), Better Health Better You is designed to offer surgical residents opportunity to reflect on the challenges of medicine, maintain joy in work, and to establish a network of collaborators, mentors, and community that promote self-care. Programming includes community wide teaching sessions on managing the stress of becoming a surgeon, efforts to improve the daily experience of our trainees, and additional offerings are in development.

Overview of Current Programming

  • Annual wellness retreat focused on issues pertaining to professional development, exploration of improving resiliency, and fun!
  • Volunteer initiatives throughout the year
  • Protected time to attend medical appointments
  • Healthy snacks available in resident room
  • Leadership development & wellness retreat (Rising 3s &5s)
  • Friends & Family Orientation (Interns)
  • 1:1 Communication Coaching
  • Mentorship regarding interview skills & mock orals
  • Additional content focused on wellness, professionalism, and communication is incorporated throughout the training year.

  • Residents, Nick Ullman, Anna McGuire, Roma Kaur, Christian Probst, and Katherine Jackson participating in wellness fair.

    2018 Wellness Fair

  • General Surgery residents participating in wellness fair with over 20 participating providers/vendor displays.

    2018 Wellness Fair

  • Resident Christian Probst, Tim Xu, Chris Aquina, Brad Hensley, Kristin Kelly, Hossein Amirjamshidi, Katherine Rose, Atticus He, Nicole Toscano, posing with Dr. James Peacock at Wellness Fair.

    2018 Wellness Fair

  • Drs. Lauren DeCaporale-Ryan and Salloum with visiting professor Jonathan Mitchem….along with patient therapy dogs.

    2018 Wellness Fair

Our Team

Wellness Task Force

Drs. David George Ormond (PGY4) and Paul Burchard (PGY2) are resident members of the Department of Surgery Wellness Task Force


Lauren DeCaporale-RyanLauren DeCaporale-Ryan, PhD

Assistant Professor of Surgery

Associate Program Director of Wellness
George W. Merck Dean's Teaching Fellow

Learners Becoming Leaders:  Development & Evaluation of a Curriculum for Chief Residents in Surgery

Faculty Ombudsperson for the Residents

ZhaoZhaomin Xumin (Tim) Xu, M.D., M.P.H.

Assistant Professor of Surgery

Resident Ombudsman

Timothy Reidlinger, MD

Timothy Reidlinger, MD

Community Events

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University Resources

Additional Health Resources

Contact Us

Questions may be directed to Dr. Lauren DeCaporale-Ryan.