BCRP Wellness Committee
This committee developed activities and programs to enhance the personal and professional development of residents. As an example, we designated February as “Funuary” and created a series of fun leisure activities that brought residents and program leaders together. We also offer a voluntary program for all residents several times a year for screening for anxiety, depression and burnout with confidential referrals for evaluation and treatment.
Work Family Balance Fund
Formed from a generous gift of a BCRP alum, the Work Family Balance Fund supports individual grants to facilitate the academic and professional development of residents who are juggling family needs while pursuing their professional careers. In addition, the fund supports family friendly activities such as movie nights, picnics, apple picking, and the like. A call for individual grants goes out each September.
BCRP Leadership Curriculum
We introduced a Leadership Curriculum spanning all three years that focuses on team leadership within the program and leadership roles in one’s future career with an annual housestaff-wide retreat focusing on leadership topics. In addition, each resident is assigned a leadership mentor to facilitate their leadership roles within the program such as on supervisory rotations, but also with attention to their ongoing leadership skills as they advance in their careers.
BCRP Diversity Council
This group’s activities focus on three important aims: 1) recruitment of individuals with diverse backgrounds, particularly those who are under-represented in medicine, to the BCRP; 2) mentorship; and 3) community. It is a priority of our program to attract people who bring diverse perspectives to enhance the program and serve our diverse patient population. The BCRP seeks to attract individuals from diverse backgrounds including, but not limited to race, ethnicity, disability, socioeconomic status, gender identity, and sexual orientation.
Behavioral and Mental Health Block
In light of the increasing prevalence of pediatric mental health disorders, a national movement towards integrated behavioral health in primary care, and a national shortage in child psychiatrists, the BCRP feels a strong responsibility to improve residency training in pediatric mental health. As such, the BCRP created a 2-week behavioral and mental health block for senior residents in conjunction with an intentional integration of a mental health curriculum over the three years of residency. The overall goal of the block is to improve resident comfort and competence in evaluating and treating pediatric populations with behavioral and mental health conditions with a focus on depression, anxiety, autistic spectrum disorder and ADHD. The rotation includes outpatient clinical work in varied integrated behavioral health settings as well as experiences with our city’s mobile emergency response team to learn skills in crisis management, behavioral de-escalation as well as behavioral health triage.