The Story of UBC Obstetrics & Gynaecology Wellbeing
During the summer of 2017, the Department Head and Administrative Director undertook a roadshow in preparation for the new strategic plan to complete a S.W.O.T analysis (strengths, weaknesses, opportunities, threats) in person with various groups of OBGYN department members. One topic that came up frequently was burnout. As a result, the idea of a Wellness Program for the department was initiated, where the department’s objective is to understand how ‘well’ faculty truly are, and how to provide them with tools to assist them with the daily professional tasks they are faced with.
The Department then applied for funding from the Strategic Initiative Fund through the Faculty of Medicine to support a wellness program. We were successful and were granted funding for one year. With that we hired a Program Manager to look into wellness best practices and start to engage our Departmental members in the project.
The funding has now come to an end but out of it we now have a formal mentorship program, an online platform for faculty to connect to each other and a formalised leadership program. You’ll find out more about these initiatives on this site.