Residency Wellness :: Nationwide Children's Hospital

Residency Wellness

Residency training at Nationwide Children’s has many rewards. Our residents are trained by world class faculty to provide exceptional care to children from around the world with the support of nationally acclaimed clinical and research facilities.

We recognize that while rewarding, the demands of residency can also at times be hard. The possibility of burnout is a real concern.

Taking care of the emotional and mental wellbeing of our residents is a top priority at Nationwide Children’s Hospital.


“Working as a practicing pediatrician or pediatric subspecialist can be so very rewarding but also so challenging. Training to become a pediatrician is no less rewarding and complex. Resilience is a key skill, a competency that successful physicians use to ‘bounce back’ from adversity, to become even stronger and more effective over time. We are committed to your wellness and resiliency as a large part of how you will be successful mastering pediatrics and developing a successful career. This website provides a platform for us to share the many tools and resources available to our residents. We are interested to hear from you if you have any additional suggestions or comments.”

John D. Mahan, M.D.

Program Director, Pediatric Residency


Caring For You – Program Resources

Nationwide Children's is committed to providing residents with the highest quality training. You will work hard, but we want you to thrive in residency: not just survive!

While you tend to the wellness of our patients, it is our goal to ensure we provide you with the tools and support you need to tend to your own physical and psychological well-being. 

  • Personal Days – To be able to take good care of others, you need to first take good care of yourself. It can be challenging to fit personal appointments into a busy resident schedule. To help make this a little easier, residents are provided with up to three personal days per year that can be taken during elective rotations so they can make sure they take care of their own personal health and wellbeing.
  • Free Lunch - Residents and medical students are provided with a nutritious healthy lunch at no cost every day Monday through Friday. We also provide a meal money allowance for use in our cafeterias, coffee shops, ice cream bar and even Panera Bread.
  • Candy Rounds – Our Chief Residents walk the floors regularly, handing out a quick candy pick me up and checking in to provide support to resident teams.
  • Team Building – From orientation to graduation, our residents participate in workshops, outdoor activities, happy hours, journal club dinners and much more. They spend a lot of time together: at work and play! They give back to our community participating in nationally acclaimed events, including the Columbus Marathon and Pelotonia.
  • Sports Teams – The Pediatric Residency Program sponsors multiple resident sports teams, including volleyball, kickball, softball and indoor soccer.
  • Fitness Center - Residents have access to the Nationwide Children’s Fitness Center (open 24 hours a day,) as well as the new Resident Wellness Room: which provides residents with a dedicated space for relaxing, meditating or a light workout.
  • Mentor Match Program – Our structured mentoring program links pediatric residents early in training to faculty who are able to provide personal/emotional support, career guidance and information about effective resources with the goal of continuously improving the success and satisfaction of pediatric residents during their training here.
  • Camp Volunteers – Through affiliations with the Central Ohio Diabetes Association and Flying Horse Farms, residents have the opportunity to spend a week during elective rotations as a medical volunteer at a local children’s camp. There are many camps to choose from, including Heart camp, Hematology/Oncology camp, Rheumatology/GI camp, Pulmonary/Craniofacial camp, Sibling camp and Diabetes camp. These camps are a great learning experience, giving residents exposure to children with different chronic and life threatening illnesses. They are also a lot of fun and a great outlet during busy residency.

Wellness Committee

The Pediatric Residency Wellness Committee is a resident-led group of residents and chief residents. They work with program leadership to implement initiatives that support residents’ health and happiness, reducing burnout and stress during training.

The committee recently developed a workout facility in our resident center and sponsored a program baseball outing.

  • Wellness Noon Series - The committee manages this series, which offers residents an opportunity to socialize and discuss stress management topics each month. 2017-2018 topics include financial health, managing fatigue, massage therapy and more.
  • The Second Victim Peer Support Program- Committee members are trained peer supporters for this hospital-wide program. This enables them to support their peers in adverse situations or crises. Learn more about the program.
  • Facebook Group – Our Wellness Committee manages a Facebook group for residents and alumni. This is a great resource for residents to exchange tips and ideas about wellness, review local venues and organize group events.

Caring For You – Hospital Resources

YOU Matter Program

In addition to our program-level initiatives, our residents are supported by the hospital’s YOU Matter Program.

Nationwide Children’s Hospital‘s YOU Matter program consists of five components to support the emotional needs of all staff. These components address stress, burnout, and second hand trauma.

Our multidisciplinary team of peers and clinicians are available to Nationwide Children’s staff, providing individual, group and departmental support.

Employee Wellness

All staff can take advantage of a huge variety of health, fitness and wellness activities including nutrition counseling, many varieties of exercise classes, self-defense and employee sports teams.


Tackling Burnout Head On

We are one of the founding members of ‘The Pediatric Resident Burnout – Resilience Study Consortium.’

Founded in 2015 with six participating programs, the consortium now has more than 50 participating pediatric and medicine – pediatric programs.

The PRB – RCS is committed to identifying the causes of burnout and providing a platform for design and testing of interventions that address burnout prevention/mitigation and resilience promotion in pediatric residents.

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