Health Sciences Education Symposium

First Author Information

Rebecca Miller, M.D., Department of Internal Medicine, VCU School of Medicine

Additional Author(s) Information

Stephanie Call, M.D., Department of Internal Medicine, VCU School of Medicine

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March 2019

Abstract/Short Description

Purpose and Background:

Health professionals and medical educators have identified resilience, or the ability to overcome adversity, as a characteristic which may be protective against professional burnout.1-4 At Virginia Commonwealth University, we sought to foster resilience among residents in Internal Medicine by implementing formal training for all residents. During the 2015-2016 academic year (AY), residents participated in training-level specific skill development workshops. However, the workshop format lacked a longitudinal component which may be necessary to reinforce and practice the use of these skills to develop consistent behaviors.


1. West CP, et al. Intervention to Promote Physician Well-being, Job Satisfaction, and Professionalism. JAMA Intern Med. 2014;174(4):527-533.

2. West CP, et al. Interventions to prevent and reduce physician burnout: a systematic review and meta-analysis. Lancet 2016; 388: 2272–81

3. Yoon J, Daley B, Curlin F. The Association Between a Sense of Calling and Physician Well-Being: A National Study of Primary Care Physicians and Psychiatrist. Acad Psychiatry (2017) 41:167–173.

4. Stevenson A, Phillips CB, Anderson KJ. Resilience among doctors who work in challenging areas: a qualitative study. British Journal of General Practice (2011) e404-409.


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VCU Medical Education Symposium