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Resident Wellness Program

Pediatric Residency Program

The demands of residency can be challenging at times. Our program recognizes this and believes as physicians, we must care for ourselves in order to provide the best care we can for our patients and their families. As a program we are committed to supporting resident wellness in all we do.

We realize some aspects of residency are more difficult than others, and we encourage all residents to take advantage of the free counseling sessions that are part of our standard benefit (see EAP info below).

Our goal is to build a community in which residents and faculty look out for one another. Through deliberate planning and spontaneous creation of teams and activities, our residents are a close network of people devoted to taking care of their patients and each other. 

Donna Holland, MD, Assistant Program Director, and Chair, Graduate Medical Education Wellness Committee

Academic Block Conference

Three Thursdays each month our residents have protected time, free of clinical responsibilities, reserved for our program’s core didactic curriculum.  This three-hour block is a time for our residents to learn important information pertinent to high value clinical care in Pediatrics, as well as emphasizing information important for board preparation.  Our residents share these learning experiences and have lunch together on these days which promotes a sense of community within our program.

Intern Orientation

In addition to the required information sessions, there is an annual Residency Picnic and BBQ to welcome our new class. Other activities include a Significant Other Workshop, as well as going to an AZ Diamondbacks baseball game!

Class Lunches

Quarterly lunches with your class include level-appropriate educational curriculum, professional development curriculum, resident becoming educators initiatives and time to connect with your peers.

Class Retreats

  • PL-1: Overnight retreat in Prescott, AZ in January of the first year. Interns are accompanied by program leadership, including program directors, chief residents and class selected faculty members. Coverage provided.
  • PL-2: Evening retreat in Phoenix in winter of second year allows residents to step outside their working environment and focus on each other and their class unity. Coverage provided.
  • PL-3: Half day retreat in Phoenix in fall of third year allows seniors to foster their community and provides information on starting job search, financial counseling resources and transitioning to life beyond residency. Coverage provided.

Housestaff Meetings

  • Monthly Housestaff meetings held by elected officers feature program updates and announcements.
  • Social Committee: elected by Housestaff annually, past activities have included local Trivia Nights, dinners at local restaurants and local museum evening events.
  • Community Service Committee: elected by Housestaff annually, past activities have included local community health fairs and potluck dinners at the Phoenix Children's Ronald McDonald House.
  • Family and Friends Committee: elected by Housestaff annually, focus on family friendly activities. Past activities have included bowling nights and Halloween parties.

Community Sports Leagues

Many residents participate in local community softball, soccer and even kickball leagues!

Physician Well-being at Work Conference Series

Every other month at housestaff meetings, our clinical psychologists plan evidence-based wellness interactive learning sessions to promote well-being, resilience and mindfulness in our residents.

Intern Appreciation Night

Annual dinner and appreciation night to recognize the hard work of the intern class, held in May of first year with coverage provided. Family and significant others welcome.

Holiday Party

Annual holiday party with buffet dinner and dancing at local Phoenix resort. Family and significant others welcome.


Annual dinner and awards at local Phoenix resort to recognize achievements of graduating class and selected faculty members. Family and significant others welcome for this evening of celebration!

Intern Week

The last week of the academic year is every intern’s 4th week of vacation! In the past groups of interns have celebrated the end of intern year together; going to nearby San Diego and renting a beach house or exploring beautiful northern AZ to escape the heat.

Holiday Schedule

Residents are given a block of time off over either Christmas or New Year’s Day to spend the holidays with family and friends.

New Wellness Space

In July 2019, Phoenix Children’s Hospital opened a new wellness space for the housestaff to utilize.  This space is open 24 hours a day and includes a quiet room with yoga chairs and meditation space, a space with gym and aerobic exercise equipment, and offers yoga and exercise classes throughout the day.   

Salary & Benefits

Our program ensures that our residents have a competitive salary and benefits package that allows them to access to medical care and counseling services.  Our program provides scheduled time off to access these benefits.  Phoenix Children’s Hospital offers on-site dental care, massage and acupuncture services.  In addition, we provide each resident with an academic stipend to spend on books and board review materials.  We offer specific training tracks and each resident has input into their rotation schedule for the year.  Residents in our program are given four weeks of vacation each year in addition to the time off included in the holiday schedule.  Our residents are onboarded in a deliberate way to build resilience and community to support them during their training.
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