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Director of Wellness for Graduate Medical Education (GME), Washington University/Barnes Jewish Hospital/St. Louis Children's Hospital

Job Description / Duties

The Director of Wellness for Graduate Medical Education will have 50% of effort towards Director of Wellness activities with the remaining portion of effort filled through clinical, research, or other duties. The Director will report directly to the Associate Dean for Graduate Medical Education and will work closely in collaboration with a number of key individuals and stakeholders, including and not limited to the Executive Director for Graduate Medical Education, ACGME Residency and Fellow Program Directors, and Washington University SOM, Barnes-Jewish Hospital, and St. Louis Children’s Hospital Consortium Board Members. The overarching goal of this position is to develop the training, education, mentoring, and support necessary to build infrastructure and initiatives to address house staff wellness, burnout, depression, suicide, substance abuse, and fatigue issues throughout the Washington University/Barnes Jewish Hospital/St Louis Children’s Hospital GME consortium.

Qualifications / Required Skills

Basic Qualifications:

  • American Board of Medical Specialties/American Osteopathic Association certification
  • At least 5 years of experience as teaching faculty in GME
  • Qualifies for appointment in one of the Departments in the School of Medicine
  • Prior training and or experience in wellness programming for physicians

Additional Qualifications:

  • Record of teaching and scholarship in medical education
  • Experience building and maintaining programs
  • Prior experience or potential to develop research in wellness for GME
  • Prior training or experience with assessment, learning theory and educational research methods

Additional Information

Key Roles and Responsibilities:

  • Institutional oversight of GME Wellness Program to include: Assure compliance with current and future ACGME Wellness requirements, Collaborate with GME Medical Director, Patient Safety and Quality Education and CLER Program Development to address CLER expectations in regards to wellness initiatives
  • Meet with Residency and Fellowship Program Directors to assess program level wellness initiatives, identify best practices, facilitate sharing of resources and identify needs Implement and support the infrastructure for the assessment of house staff wellness (Mayo Wellness Index, Interactive Screening Program and Association For Prevention of Suicide hotline resources) Assess the institutional output from these programs to assess wellness needs and develop consortium-wide programming
  • Develop and deliver educational programs for house staff and faculty to address wellness, burnout, depression, suicide, substance abuse and fatigue
  • Manage the clinical operations of the consortium mental health clinic to include identification of providers, determination of needed developmental training, monitoring of patient load, patient flow, efficiency of clinical space, development of budget for clinical operations
  • Facilitate cooperative arrangements between local clinical providers and Employee Assistance Programs
  • Work with employer medical insurance policies to maximize coverage for care
  • Support Employee Assistance Programs in the development of MD-level programming
  • Identify and develop clinical mental health provider staff (ie: 2 psychologists, 0.3 FTE psychiatrist and other local providers as needed)
  • Interface with wellness programs across the consortium (students, faculty, Washington University and BJC Human Resources and EAPs) to leverage and align program efforts.
  • Work with the Office of Program Evaluation and CQI to monitor the effectiveness of all wellness programs
  • In conjunction with the WUSM GME Office, solicit funding for wellness initiatives and appropriate program support from the consortium and GME Board

Contact Information

Tia Drake at 314/747-3899 or Rebecca McAlister at 314/362-4295 or