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Tulane Surgery is dedicated to supporting physician well-being. We have a dedicated Associate Program Director for Wellness and Mentoring, Dr. Chrissy Guidry, who works as a tireless advocate for both our general residents and all Tulanians as part of the Tulane University Wellness Committee. More information can be found at https://hr.tulane.edu/wellness/wellness.



2022-2023 Resident Wellness Activity Schedule

  • July - Meet the Interns at Bayou Beer Garden
  • August - Annual Rock N' Bowl Event
  • September - Spin Class at Cycle Bar
  • October - Halloween Parade Watch Party at Cane and Table
  • November - Turkey Trot Picnic and Walk/Run in Audubon Park
  • December - Surgery Department Holiday Party
  • January - Pelicans Basketball Game
  • February - Candidate Reception at the Eliza Jane Hotel
  • March - Fitness Class at Orangetheory
  • April - Philanthropy Event
  • May - Annual Resident Retreat
  • June - Resident Graduation

Other Wellness Policies and Amenities

  • Wellness ½ days: All residents are given ½ weekday off per month to attend to their personal and wellbeing needs (this is in addition to regularly allowed ACGME vacation days).  
  • Vacation days: Residents get 3 weeks of vacation, one of which is guaranteed to be during the December holiday season if the resident desires, and 2 four-day weekends off each year. 
  • Downtown Gym: Located steps from Tulane Medical Center with hours and activities structured to meet the needs of busy residents and faculty
  • Resident Library: The residents’ badge allows entry into the resident-only library/lounge with tons of surgery textbooks and resources on the 8th floor of the medical school building (close to all the surgery faculty offices in the academic surgery dept).
  • Textbooks: The department provides a surgery textbook for each resident at the beginning of PGY1 and PGY3.   
  • Loupes: The program provides loupes for each categorical resident at the beginning of PGY2.
  • National conference attendance: The program sends PGY4 residents to subspecialty meetings of their choice (if not already attending to present research) and PGY5/chief residents to the American College of Surgeons Clinical Congress.  
  • End of Year Wellness Retreat: All residents have protected time to attend a celebration at the end of the academic year filled with relaxation and reflection on the year’s hard work, educational endeavors, and accomplishments.  
  • 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.  
  • School of Medicine Companion & Wellness App: https://medicine.tulane.edu/home/tusom-companion-app
  • Comprehensive Mentoring Program: to keep you accountable for success during your residency and prepare you for your future career after residency
  • Group Fitness Zumba and Dance Classes: offered school-wide, free for anyone to attend
  • Well-Being Index from Mayo Clinic:  used to access Well-being on a routine basis to access and provide resources to better your subjective Well-being