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Preventing resident burnout with art

Residency Program Insider, April 15, 2016

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The Mayo School of Graduate Medical Education at Mayo Clinic in Jacksonville, Florida, is using art lessons to promote resident wellness. Every month the internal medicine program dedicates one noon conference to art projects, guided visual imagery, and discussion of artwork as part of the Fellows’ and Residents’ Health and Wellness Initiative.

The program began as a pilot project that provided internal medicine residents with an hour of art class. These residents were found to be less fatigued and had more work-related motivation than those who didn’t participate. A follow-up study that included arts and humanities activities showed similar results.

The program recently won the David C. Leach Award at the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education’s annual educational conference and the Mayo Clinic has earmarked funds for additional wellness programs at its other campuses.

Source: AMA Wire



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