Resident Wellness Resources

Healthy Directions Hot Spot
  • Employee Fitness Centers (exercise classes, yoga) on OPC 23rd floor
  • Weight management
  • Massages
  • Healthy Eating
  • Fitbit Groups

Employee Assistance Program (EAP)
  • Available through United Behavioral Health (Optum)
  • Simple, no-cost access to a professional who can offer residents and family support and direction with personal or job-related stress.
  • Assistance with issues surrounding relationships, parenting concerns, drug and alcohol use, anxiety/depression, finances
  • Mental health resources available.  Log-in anonymously with code: MH123
  • See brochure


Virtual Services

  • Virtual Behavior Health appointments (usually 45 mins, evening/weekend hours available)
  • Download MyMethodist App
  • Amwell behavior health services available on-line 



  • Consideration of trainee wellness as quality indicator (tracking fatigue, duty hour violations, and monitor yearly GME survey results)
  • Attention to learning climate and hidden curriculum
  • GME Policy 32: Code of Professional Conduct for Faculty and Medical Staff 
    "Houston Methodist Hospital is committed to providing unparalleled quality, safety, service, and medical education training of both graduate and undergraduate learners. This commitment also extends to ensuring that the educational environment is one in which faculty teachers and clinical supervisors display professionalism and respect for all learners." Read More 


Ombudsman Program

  • Ombudsmen are faculty (physicians) and administrators (both from GME and pastoral services) appointed by Designated Institutional Official (DIO) at Houston Methodist Hospital
  • They provide confidential and impartial resource that can help residents assess and solve disputes or problems, clarify policy/procedure, and connect you with appropriate authority to resolve conflict
  • Confidential Email:


Wellness in Training Subcommittee (WIT) Subcommittee of GME

  • Promotes wellness and prevention of burnout in trainees
  • Evaluates sources of stress in the working environment for trainees
  • Monitors resident fatigue and duty hours

House Staff Council
  • Resident and fellow representation for GME
  • Social and community opportunities
  • Outreach Sessions (co-sponsored with Department of Ethics and Pastoral Services)
  • Resident/Fellow lounge (badge access) located A792


Senior Chaplain for Physicians:

  • Hilary Chala
  • Spiritual support and expertise as a "crisis de-escalator"
  • Phone: 832-712-5309


Other Useful Links:

  • Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education (ACGME) Physician Well-Being
    • This includes the Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-TALK (8255)
  • Harris County Medical Society Encourages Physician Wellness
    • Free resources available