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How We Live

Wellness, Quality of Life, and Benefits and Perks


The well-being of our residents is a priority here at Stanford Psychiatry. The Department, Training Program and GME continue to work together to understand and find solutions to the broader systemic issues impacting physician wellness. The COVID-19 pandemic and other recent events have brought on new and exceptional challenges to physician wellness. Through our resident-led committees, e.g. on wellness and connectedness, GME-wide initiatives, and other events, we continue to support our residents so they can be the best physicians possible. Below are avenues through which residents, faculty, and administration foster a supportive and enriching environment to ensure resident well-being throughout their training.

Training Program Initiatives and Events

  • Frequent informal check-ins with training directors and open door policy
  • Weekly process group with co-residents
  • Weekly protected didactic time all 4 years
  • Annual PRITE night
  • Annual PGY-2 Appreciation Dinner
  • Fall mini-retreat and spring full-day retreat
  • Dinners with Training Directors and Meet the Faculty events
  • Self-care retreats sponsored by adjunct faculty
  • Weekly lunchtime Wellness sessions for PGY1s on the inpatient VA Psychiatry rotations
  • Resident-led inter-class Wellness and Connectedness Committee

Stanford University Offerings

  • Free access to Stanford's extensive athletic facilities including gyms, pools, tennis courts, yoga studios, and a championship golf course
  • Mindfulness meditation offered on campus
  • Supplemental educational activities including access to Stanford University lectures and groups
  • Discounted Stanford athletics tickets

GME Benefits

  • Excellent health coverage for residents, spouses, and dependents including free prescriptions
  • Access to long-term individual and couples psychotherapy (covered by insurance in full)
  • Free pass for Caltrain, VTA, and local buses
  • Reimbursement for Step 3, Licensing Fees, and DEA certification
  • Monetary incentives for green commuting and health wellness
  • Free financial consultations
  • Childcare reimbursements and coverage
  • HealthySteps employee wellness programs

Stanford psychiatry has a culture of support, enthusiasm, cooperation, and mutual respect. This creates a learning and training environment where I'm personally and professionally happy to come to work each day. I didn't think I'd enjoy residency this much."

- First year resident