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Better Health, Better You

  • resident retreat 2018

    Retreat 2018

  • resident retreat group photo with urmc logo

    Retreat 2017

  • Group at the Retreat

    Retreat 2017

    At the Beaver Hollow wellness retreat

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.

  • Lt upper corner- Resident Elaa Mahdi, MD getting hand massage from Strathallan Spa, Upper middle- Surgery Residents group photo of Wellness Fair at Saunder’s Research Atrium, Upper right- Chris Acquina, MD and Krishna Patel with Pet Therapy Dogs at Wellneess Fair, Bottom lt- Drs. DeCaporale-Ryan, Amy Mills, Rabih Salloum, David Burns and Kathleen Raman group photo at Wellness Fair, Bottom right- Drs. Akash Joshi, Aboude Al-Nowaylati, Trevor Hansen, Sara Neimanis and Katherine Jackson at wellness fair

    2017 Wellness Fair

  • left-resident with therapy dog, center - residents having fun at the fair, right - resident receives chair massage

    2017 Wellness Fair

  • left - residents smiling, center-group photo, right-Dr. Salloum and Resident

    2017 Wellness Fair

Overview of Current Programming

  • Annual wellness retreat focused on issues pertaining to professional development, exploration of improving resiliency, and fun!
  • Quarterly reflection groups
  • Community events throughout the year
  • Protected time to attend medical appointments
  • Healthy snacks available in resident room

Our Team

Wellness Task Force

Drs. Kristin Kelly (PGY5), Alexander Cranwell (PGY3), Elaa Mahdi (PGY1) are resident members of the Department of Surgery Wellness Task Force


Lauren DeCaporale-Ryan, PhD

Assistant Professor of Surgery

Lauren DeCaporale-RyanAssociate Program Director of Wellness
George W. Merck Dean's Teaching Fellow

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


Roan Glocker, MD, MPH

Assistant Professor of Surgery

Roan GlockerResident Ombudsman

Upcoming Departmental Events

  • October – Halloween Costume Contest & Festivities
  • November – Resident Volunteer Day & Thanksgiving Celebration
  • December - Holiday gift exchange
  • March - Bowling with Emergency Medicine Residency
  • April - Annual Peter Quartararo Wellness Grand Rounds and Retreat
  • Beaver Hollow Leadership & Wellness Retreat (Rising 3’s & 5’s), Date TBD

Community Events

For a complete listing of community events in the Rochester NY area, we recommend that you consult the visit rochester website

University Resources

Additional Health Resources

Contact Us

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