Our overall mission: To promote well-being and engagement in faculty and healthcare professionals of all RBHS health professions to enhance their ability to be excellent clinicians, educators, researchers and advocates for the health of the community.
Our vision: To create a work climate 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
To do so requires a multi-pronged approach that impacts our work culture and the efficiency of our workplace as well as supports individuals’ personal resilience.
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 to harness the power of fellow peers to create a culture of wellness. We are now piloting the same programs at selected Rutgers Biomedical Health Sciences (RBHS) residency programs.
As we continue to journey toward our vision, we will expand the peer programs to include additional RBHS health professionals and staff as well as create more programs and resources that we will feature on this website.
WHY IS IT IMPORTANT:
We can venture to say that we all aspire to achieve professional fulfillment and well-being at work. Yet for decades many health professionals, faculty and learners have experienced burnout, characterized by emotional exhaustion, cynicism and reduced efficacy. Nationally, about 45% of physicians, nearly half of residents and 31% of clinical faculty in Academic Medical Centers report burnout symptoms. Similar figures exist for nurses, physician assistants and other healthcare professionals. Faculty scientists have also reported burnout symptoms. The coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) crisis has added to existing challenges. The day-to-day stresses of clinical care and academia can prevent professionals from adequately processing emotionally challenging situations. In addition, distress in healthcare professionals can have a negative impact on quality of care, thereby impacting the people that we serve.
A supportive work environment is essential to uphold professional fulfillment. We developed and piloted the CIRCLE Peer Talk and Peer Text Groups, and the ONE 2 ONE 2 CARE program based on similar evidence-based peer models that created a supportive healthcare work environment. We will continue these programs beyond COVID-19 and expand them to include additional RBHS health professionals and staff, to further create a culture of wellness at RBHS.