Wellness Toolkit

Providing support and resources to encourage a healthy, satisfying training experience.

Wellness at McGaw

Providing care to patients begins with caring for oneself. Physicians who value their own physical, emotional and spiritual wellness can provide better care to patients and have more fulfilling careers. Recent studies highlight high rates of burnout, depression and stress among physicians-in-training, so having a focus on wellness is a priority for McGaw. 

While training is both exciting and gratifying, it can be very challenging at times. Our goal is to provide you with the support you need to have the best possible educational experience. A key component of your success will be maintaining good physical, mental, and emotional health during your training year(s). On this page you will find information highlighting the importance of investing in self-care and an overview of the resources available upon the start of training with McGaw.

You may need a new personal physician or mental health provider when you start training. Even if you have no medical problems, we strongly encourage you to make an appointment with a primary care provider. If you have been treated in the past for emotional or mental health issues, it’s especially important for you to continue treatment during graduate medical training.  This brief screening is completely anonymous and confidential, and immediately following the brief questionnaire you will see your results, recommendations, and key resources.


Graduate medical training is rewarding and exciting, but can expose trainees to stress and can pose a challenge for balance in one's life. McGaw prioritizes the health and wellness of our residents and fellows. To ensure that wellness is a priority throughout the program, all our housestaff conduct a self-assessment every six months to discuss with their program directors.

Download Self-Assessment

Wellness Resources

Wellness Liaison

Ashley Bassett, MD, is McGaw’s Housestaff Wellness Program liaison. A member of Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine’s Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences, Bassett is available to McGaw residents and fellows for any wellness or mental health concerns. She will triage issues and refer trainees for counseling or medical treatment as needed.

Any trainee contact with Dr. Bassett will remain confidential and will not be communicated with the program, faculty, or institution, except in cases of imminent harm. 

Read Her Message

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