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Tulane is dedicated to supporting physician well-being.  Information about the School of Medicine’s resident wellness initiatives can be found here. In addition, the Department of Surgery makes resident wellness a priority with a variety of programs and events that aim to promote physical and mental health.

2023-2024 Resident Wellness Activity Schedule

  • July - Meet the Interns at Bayou Beer Garden
  • August - Annual Rock N' Bowl Event








  • October - Ditch Night
  • December - Surgery Department End of Year Celebration
  • January - Candidate Reception & Post-ABSITE Celebration
  • March - Tulane Surgical Society Gala & Crescent City Classic 10K

  • April - Ditch Night
  • 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: Learn More HERE!
  • 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