About

Wellness Committee

The mission of the Wellness Committee of the Department of Radiology is to foster a culture of wellness through three pillars: personal resilience by supporting physical, mental and social health, ease of practice through improvement of workflow efficiency and continuous professional skills development. During the COVID-19 pandemic, emphasis has been placed on projects to supporting our front-line staff who put themselves at risk to ensure continuity of critical patient imaging.

 

In September 2020, a photo contest was organized by the Radiology Wellness Committee to showcase how members of the Radiology department have managed to remain well during the coronavirus pandemic.  A total of 33 photos and one video were received; submissions were voted on by members of the department using an online software tool. The following video highlights the submissions, winners and special category favorites.  Thank you to everyone for your participation and special thanks to Kirti Kulkarni, MD and Mario Zaritzky, MD, for contributing contest prizes.

 

With the financial support of Riverain Technologies, we launched a meal initiative this week. We provided 215 warm boxed meals to our front-line team from a local Hyde park favorite, Medici on 57th. Even though our work environment has changed, we are striving to promote a culture of wellness and a sense of togetherness. This gesture was very well appreciated by the technologists and nurses, offering an opportunity to spread positivity and joy despite the ongoing difficulties associated with the COVID-19 crisis. Thank you Riverain Technologies!

 

As part of a new departmental wellness initiative, the Radiology Wellness Committee is providing yoga sessions. Lead by Dr. Melvy Mathew, these departmental sessions seek to expose participants to the well-documented benefits of yoga: improved concentration, reduction of stress, and alleviation of aches and pains. The first yoga session was offered on March 9, 2020.

Scroll through the photo gallery above to see the participants of the new wellness initiative learning traditional yoga poses, meditative practices, and breathing exercises. 

As a new initiative lead by Dr. Carina Yang, a series of departmental faculty development workshops were presented last year on various topics to further professional development, geared towards best practices in education with portions tailored to our field. We are always seeking to help our faculty improve radiology education techniques. The sessions are led by various faculty members of the University of Chicago Academy of Medical Educators. CME credit is offered for participants at each of our sessions.

Please see below for this year’s proposed, virtual lecture schedule.

  • MentorshipShannon Martin, MD. November 16, 2020 at 12pm 
    • Recorded lecture can be accessed here via UChicago Box.
  • Turning Verbal Feedback into Written Assessment – Lecturer, Date and Time TBD
  • Millennial Learners – Lecturer, Date and Time TBD
  • Inclusive Teaching Skills – Lecturer, Date and Time TBD
  • Recommendation Writing – Lecturer, Date and Time TBD

2019-2020 Lectures 

This series is supported by Faculty Advancing in Medical Education (FAME). FAME aids faculty educators by providing resources and training in key conceptual and practical skills in teaching and assessment.

The Academy of Distinguished Medical Educators also provides a complimentary Teaching Consult Service - a confidential, individualized educational consultation for those interested in an objective observation and formative assessment of their teaching skills. Please go to https://pritzker.uchicago.edu/academics/teaching-consult-service-page to learn more – and for interested faculty to request a consult.