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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. 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
  • Semi-annual Resident Retreats
  • 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
  • Newly formed Wellbeing communities that promote interactions between resident classes

Stanford University Offerings

  • Mindfulness meditation offered on campus
  • Supplemental educational activities including access to Stanford University lectures and groups
  • Free access to Stanford's extensive athletic facilities including gyms, pools, tennis courts, yoga studios, and a championship golf course
  • Free yoga classes at Stanford on Tuesdays and Thursdays on the Dean's Lawn

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