UC Davis Health System residents and fellows have counseling services available with the GME Psychologist, Margaret Rea, Ph.D.. These services are designed specifically for the residents and fellows to receive support in dealing with the unique needs of individuals in residency. Counseling services can help identify and resolve problems whether the problem is work related, personal, career or relationship focused. Services include individual counseling, couples/family sessions, as well as sessions with spouse/partners alone. The services are confidential and at no fee and can assist in improved coping in such areas as:
¨ Concerns about work performance
¨ Coaching on communication and interpersonal skills
¨ Family difficulties and tensions
¨ Financial concerns
¨ Anxiety and depression
¨ Career decisions
¨ How to address and prevent burnout
Referrals: The GME Psychologist can also assist residents and their families locate resources through their medical insurance plan or self-pay providers.
Program Directors might consider utilizing the GME Psychologist to facilitate group meetings for residents. Examples of types of groups include: an opportunity to process the experiences of training to facilitate well-being; a confidential arena for residents to give feedback to the program; a setting in which to debrief on particularly challenging instances during training.
* Residents, fellows, and program directors can also contact the Medical Staff Well- Being Committee which administers a monitoring program for Medical Staff members who are suffering from substance abuse or dependence, or physical or mental health issues that impair their ability to work and function at their best. The Committee provides advice, recommendations, and assistance to individual physicians and to groups or committees who request assistance or recommendations. The committee can also be of assistance in helping residents/fellows navigate issues with the medical board in instances such as a DUI and the possible repercussions from the medical board. The committee can be reached through its chair, Dr. Peter Yellowlees, or through Dr. Margaret Rea, the GME Psychologist.
In addition, the GME Psychologist is available to facilitate meetings with groups of residents and fellows. The GME Psychologist can facilitate more process oriented groups that provide an arena for residents and fellows to debrief on the training process in a supportive and confidential setting.