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Plastic Surgery Residency Wellness

Our plastic surgery residency is devoted to resident and faculty wellness, with the goal of supporting well-being and work-life balance while training our residents to be talented and ethical plastic surgeons of the future.

More information can be found at https://hr.tulane.edu/wellness/wellness.

Some of our program-specific initiatives and policies include the following:

  • Vacation days: Residents receive 3 weeks of vacation per academic year.
  • Resident Library: Our residency library includes a wealth of plastic surgery textbooks and resources on the 8th floor of the Tulane medical school building.  We also have a microsurgery laboratory here with a dedicated teaching microscope, microsurgery instruments and other essential supplies.
  • Wellness activities: The residency program holds quarterly wellness activities. Some previous examples: an evening at Top Golf, a group resident trip to Jazz Fest, and an evening of dinner and bowling at Rock N Bowl.
  • Meditation spaces: Rooms assigned to be space for prayer and meditation open with badge access.  
  • Food on call: On call food available for residents in a dedicated resident food room in the hospital. Residents are also given a generous food allowance by individual hospitals cafeterias via card-swipe.   
  • Textbooks: Purchased for our surgery library per group decision at REC meetings.   
  • Loupes: The program provides microsurgical loupes for each resident at the beginning of the first fellowship year.
  • National conference attendance: The program sends plastic surgery residents to a meeting of their choice during their residency program.  Additional meetings where the resident is presenting their research are approved on a case by case basis.
  • End of Year Wellness Retreat: All residents are invited to attend a celebration at the end of the academic year.
  • Living Well Clinic: Open 7:30 am to 4:00 pm, located in the School of Medicine building. Provides residents free & confidential wellness visits, health coaching, urgent and preventative visits as well. Great and easy option for treatment for allergies, sprains, colds, sinusitis, URI, UTI, enteritis, etc.
  • Employee Assistance Program (EAP): Program that offers services to help individuals achieve better health and overcome barriers in life; the EAP is there to help manage life’s changes in good times and during times of challenges.  
  • Residents’ Assistance Program: Self-referral for 3 visits at no cost – Fitness for Duty, Addiction, Psychotherapy.  
  • SOM Companion & Wellness App: https://medicine.tulane.edu/home/tusom-companion-app
  • Headspace app: Free app to help with meditation and relaxation (used by many residents and faculty)

Downtown Gym: Coming soon! (delayed due to COVID-19).  To be located in Deming Pavilion building immediately next to Tulane Medical Center, with hours and activities structured to meet the needs of busy residents and faculty.