Our overall mission: To promote well-being of RBHS faculty and healthcare professionals to enhance their ability to be excellent clinicians, educators, researchers and advocates for the health of their patients and communities.
Our vision: To create a work culture at RBHS renowned as an environment
– where faculty and healthcare professionals thrive, excel, and want to stay
– that faculty and healthcare professionals want to join
Our approach: A multi-pronged approach impacting work culture, efficiency of clinical practice, and supporting personal resilience.
Peer programs: A powerful way to develop a culture of wellness at work is to promote collegiality, community and support through peer-to-peer engagement. CIRCLE Talk and Text Groups and ONE 2 ONE 2 CARE programs were first piloted for faculty at New Jersey Medical School and Robert Wood Johnson Medical School and selected Rutgers Biomedical Health Sciences residency programs to harness the power of peers to create a culture of wellness.
These peer programs (CIRCLE and ONE 2 ONE 2 CARE) are now offered to faculty of all RBHS schools. In line with our mission and vision, we will create more programs and resources that will be featured on this website.
WHY IS IT IMPORTANT:
We all aspire for professional fulfillment at work. Yet health professionals, faculty, and learners continue to experience burnout, characterized by emotional exhaustion, cynicism, and reduced efficacy. Distress can have a negative impact on quality of care, thereby impacting people we serve and the workplace culture. The COVID-19 pandemic resulted in many added challenges bringing national attention to the importance of health professional well-being.
A supportive work environment is essential for fulfillment and well-being. We developed and piloted the CIRCLE Peer Talk and Peer Text Groups, and the ONE 2 ONE 2 CARE program based on evidence-based peer models to build a supportive workplace environment. We continue to expand the reach of these programs and mobilize resources to further a culture of wellness at RBHS.