Getting It Off the Ground: Key Factors Associated With Implementation of Wellness Programs Article (Web of Science)


  • Background and Objectives: Many residency programs are developing resident wellness curricula to improve resident well-being and to meet Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education guidelines. However, there is limited guidance on preferred curricular components and implementation. We sought to identify how specific driving factors (eg, having an identified wellness champion with a budget and protected time to develop wellness programs) impact implementation of essential elements of a resident wellness curriculum. Methods: We surveyed 608 family medicine residency program directors (PDs) in 2018-2019 on available resources for wellness programs, essential wellness elements being implemented, and satisfaction with wellness programming; 251 PDs provided complete responses (42.5% response rate). Linear and logistic regressions were conducted for main analyses. Results: Having an identified wellness champion, protected time, and dedicated budget for wellness were associated with greater implementation of wellness programs and PD satisfaction with wellness programming; of these, funding had the strongest association. Larger programs were implementing more wellness program components. Program setting had no association with implementation. Conclusions: PDs in programs allocating money and/or faculty time can expect more wellness programming and greater satisfaction with how resident well-being is addressed.


  • Penwell-Waines, Lauren
  • Cronholm, Peter F.
  • Brennan, Julie A
  • Romain, Amy
  • Runyan, Christine
  • Buck, Katherine
  • Fazio, Lindsay
  • Grace, Aaron
  • Ricker, Mari
  • Ross, Valerie
  • Schneiderhan, Jill
  • Talen, Mary

publication date

  • 2020

published in

number of pages

  • 6

start page

  • 182

end page

  • 188


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