This program aims to prevent mental health crises among veterinary professionals by educating new graduates about well-being from the start of their careers.
TAMPA, Florida, December 30, 2021 / PRNewswire-PRWeb / – BluePearl Specialty and Emergency Pet Hospital, one of the largest providers of postgraduate training programs in the United States, today announced the launch of a new wellness training program, Clinicians-In-Training. The Clinician-in-Training Health and Wellness program provides interns, residents and emergency clinicians enrolled in the BluePearl’s House Officer program and emerge training programs with a veterinary social worker or wellness educator and access to mental health and wellness resources.
Each year, BluePearl trains approximately 200 rotating interns, specialist interns, residents and emergency clinicians through its House Officer and emERge mentorship programs. BluePearl continually strives to identify areas of opportunity to improve its postgraduate training programs. Clinicians-In-Training was developed by the BluePearl Health and Wellness team after seeking feedback from interns, which demonstrated the need for a greater focus on the well-being of interns, residents and emergency clinicians. BluePearl’s Health and Wellness team consists of 10 highly trained veterinary social workers and Dr. Sonja olson, a veterinarian and a wellness educator.
“It is well documented that the suicide rate among veterinarians is considerably higher than in the general population. At BluePearl, we recognize that there needs to be more emphasis on self-care and the ability to deal with stressors that exist in our profession long before reaching the point. where they would consider self-harm, ”said Andrea Monnig, DVM, DACVECC, Director, Clinical Development at BluePearl. “We want these young clinicians to be able to manage these stressors and set boundaries that will lead to long-term job and personal satisfaction. We know this profession needs to push the wellness reset button,” and it is our hope that this program is the start of something big. “
Through trainee clinicians, trainees, residents and emERge clinicians will receive the tools and skills necessary to meet the human challenges of veterinary medicine and life. The program will cover wellness topics such as managing expectations, impostor syndrome, moral distress, setting limits and compassion fatigue. The Health and Wellness team will also introduce residents and interns to mental health and wellness resources within the organization and help connect them with a local mental health professional as needed. A simultaneous line of training and support will be provided to program directors, mentors and hospital management.
“New graduates often find it difficult to transition from student to clinician. Impostor Syndrome can be rampant, communications can be difficult, and they often end up in situations that are an emotional roller coaster. All of this can have detrimental consequences for young clinicians, ”said Lori C. Harbert, MSW, LCSW, director of health and wellness at BluePearl. “We hope this program will provide young clinicians with a toolkit of skills to help them balance the demands of the profession. We want to make sure they learn self-care behaviors early on, so that they become habits that guide them in their personal lives. and professional life. We want them to know that they are important and appreciated. If at any point they are having difficulty, there is someone there to support them. If this program can save a life, it is worth it. “
By planning wellness activities both inside and outside hospitals, the Health and Wellness team hopes to find a balance between work and life, enabling interns, residents and staff. Emergency clinicians in training to bond as a group and influence the culture within the practices. for long-term impact.
About BluePearl Specialty and Emergency Pet Hospital
Founded in 1996, BluePearl is today one of the largest specialty and emergency veterinary practices in the United States. BluePearl has more than 100 hospitals in 29 states that together employ more than 7,000 associates, including more than 1,330 veterinarians, more than 1,600 veterinary technicians and more than 4,100 other professionals. Each year, our compassionate teams provide high-quality care to over 1.1 million pets and their families. BluePearl clinicians are also participating in clinical studies to discover new treatments and procedures that improve the health of pets. As a member of the Mars Veterinary Health family of brands, BluePearl is committed to its goal – A BETTER WORLD FOR PETS® – because pets create a better world for us. Learn more about BluePearlVet.com.
Laura Provides, BluePearl Specialty and Emergency Pet Hospital, 813.327.6937, [email protected]
Steve Ireland, BluePearl Specialty and Emergency Pet Hospital, 813.560.0029, [email protected]
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