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 rate of burnout, depression, and stress among physicians-in-training.
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.
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. Read her message to housestaff.
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.
Benefits and Wellness
Your benefits (see the 2017 Benefits Guide) with Blue Cross/Blue Shield of Illinois (BC/BS-IL) activate on your first day of training. McGaw Medical Center offers a comprehensive medical plan featuring 90 percent coverage for many services received within the Home Hospital Network including Northwestern Memorial Hospital, Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children’s Hospital of Chicago, and the Rehabilitation Institute of Chicago. Northwestern Medical Group (NMG) physicians offer testing within the Home Hospital Network. While you may see any physician you choose, we have compiled information about NMG physicians and mental health providers who are accepting new patients at a variety of convenient locations.
Following are additional wellness benefits available to housestaff.
Time Away Training:
Each academic year each trainee receives a bank of paid time off: three weeks PGY-1; four weeks PGY-2 and above.
Ten sick days per academic year which can be utilized to care for sick/injured family members.
Any housestaff member with a new child is entitled to two weeks off (14 calendar days total) at full pay as Parental Leave.
Residents and fellows can schedule time during weekday working hours in order to attend their personal medical appointments.
- Sleep: NM’s Sleep Disorders Center sees McGaw housestaff on an expedited basis for those with concerns related to sleep patterns through their medical training. Inform the intake professional that you are McGaw housestaff and that they are to notify Dr. Hrayr Attarian of the request.
- Napping and Fitness Rooms: Recently updated napping and fitness rooms are located within Northwestern Memorial Hospital for housestaff.
- Gym Memberships: Discounted gym memberships are also available to McGaw housestaff. Learn more via the Fitness page.
- Classes: Fitness and wellness classes are also available through Northwestern’s Osher Center for Integrative Medicine.
Mental Wellness Services
Mental healthcare and marriage counseling is covered by the trainees' BC/BS-IL health insurance. The following in-network psychiatry providers are willing to see trainees for expedited treatment.
- Meridian Psychiatric Partners
625 N. Michigan Ave., Ste. 2550
- Cathedral Counseling Center
50 E. Washington St., Ste. 301
- Northwestern Medical Group
446 E. Ontario St., 7th Floor
Perspectives: Housestaff Assistance Program
The Housestaff Assistance Program is a free service which provides confidential, professional help for housestaff and their family members who need assistance with personal problems. Housestaff are provided evaluation, counseling, and referral for a range of problems including workplace issues, family and marital discord, emotional problems, substance abuse, legal and financial problems, elder and child care, and other personal and professional concerns. If referral to a treatment program is made, insurance coverage will be considered.
Housestaff can receive up to three free counseling sessions without the use of medical insurance. In addition, with referral from Perspectives, housestaff may receive a half hour of legal advice and discounted rates on future visits.
Counselors are available between the hours of 8 a.m. and 6 p.m. CST and messages may be left 24 hours a day. The toll-free phone number is 800-456-6327.
This program handles cases in a strictly confidential manner. The Program Director / Graduate Medical Education is not notified if housestaff call or use the services.
Perspectives Online provides convenient and confidential online access to a vast and continually refreshed library of articles, self-guided assessments, links, calculators, information, and resources on emotional well-being, family and caregiving, and more. To access these tools, go to www.perspectivesltd.com and sign in using the following information.
- User Name: MCG501
- Password: perspectives
We strongly urge you to be mindful about your health and wellbeing throughout your training.
Ashley Bassett, MD
Housestaff Wellness Program Liaison
25 East Washington Street, Suite 1601
The Affordable Care Act (ACA) requires that several groups of preventive services are covered at no charge to you. Find information on available services