Since the launch of the Department of Medical Education’s Employee Wellness Needs Assessment, the Department of Medical Education Wellness Subcommittee has continued its task of gathering information from our community about current wellness status, perceptions about wellness, and suggested interventions to improve our individual and collective well-being.

Based on the preliminary findings of the online Employee Wellness Survey, the Committee is now focused on a qualitative phase of data collection. Utilizing focus group discussions at Med Ed Team Meetings, and creating Open Spaces where employees can come to share a meal and take part in interactive wellness exercises and conversations, the Subcommittee hopes to gather a deeper level of information to expand our understanding of where we are at as a community and what interventions will be most helpful in moving us together towards wellness.

This month we will also launch our first wellness initiative—the CHI Cart will make its first stops in the Department of Medical Education, visiting the Central Office and the GME office in March.

The Wellness Subcommittee has also been exploring existing Mount Sinai Wellness Initiatives that can be utilized as resources for Medical Education Employees.  At our last monthly meeting, Mari Umpierre from Mount Sinai CALM spoke to us about their schedule of free wellness offerings, including yoga classes, pilates classes, and individual wellness consultations.

Over the next two months, the Wellness Subcommittee aims to engage with as many Medical Education Employees as possible, to ensure that voices are heard from across the diverse teams and roles encompassed in our Department.  We look forward to seeing you at Team Meetings and Open Spaces over the coming months!