About

Wellness Committee

Simply stated, wellness is the process by which we all strive to achieve a more successful existence. In a busy work environment with increasing workload and demands on productivity, wellness can often be compromised or ignored. It is therefore a core value for us in the Department of Radiology at University of Chicago to establish and prioritize wellness and optimizing work spaces for all of our members.

Our overarching goals:

  1. To continually strive to improve team morale and social health through community-based activities and gatherings.
  2. To maximize ease of practice with IT workflow optimization and eliminating unnecessary administrative tasks.
  3. To strengthen the bonds between faculty members, trainees, and staff though educational and team-building events

 

 

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.