Christine A. Arenson, MD
Professor & Interim Chair
Department of Family & Community Medicine
That into whatsoever house I shall enter, it shall be for the good of the sick to the utmost of my power.
Each year we choose a theme for our residency program. This theme serves as a focus for curricular development, organizational emphasis, and enhancement of residency activities. This year’s theme is Wellness, particularly physician wellness. As we dedicate ourselves to care for vulnerable patient populations and endeavor to improve their health, it is essential to cultivate our own health and wellness. Personal wellness is important not only for the quality of life of the physician, but are also an essential component in a physician’s ability to care for others. When a physician’s wellness is compromised, it can have a grave impact on the safety and effectiveness of the medical care they provide. An essential component of training residents in family medicine is preparing them to skillfully cultivate personal wellness.
Physicians benefit from practicing the healthy living habits they recommend to their patients, from creating coping strategies to avoid compassion fatigue, and from cultivating reliable support networks. As part of our annual theme we have created a Wellness Liaison in the residency, we have added wellness seminars and didactics to our curriculum, and are creating an environment supporting physician wellness and personal growth. We are collaborating with experts in the field and adding wellness components to our training expanding our exposure to and understanding of mindfulness, self-care, narrative medicine, reflective practice, resilience promotion, and support networks.
We are dedicated to training the future leaders in Family and Community Medicine to care for our most vulnerable populations and eliminate health disparities. Through exploration of our theme of Wellness and incorporation of wellness components into our residency training and organizational culture, we will produce resilient, healthy family physicians with the energy and passion to make a significant lasting impact on our world.
Find peace, health, wholeness, connection, and completion in small miracles.
Between stimulus and response there is a space. In that space is our power to choose our response. In our response lies our growth and our freedom.
Christine A. Arenson, MD
Director, Residency Program
Family & Community Medicine
1015 Walnut Street
Philadelphia, PA 19107
(215) 955-0640 fax