Resident and Fellow Wellness
Residents and fellows at IU School of Medicine have a range of options for mental health services and behavioral health care. IU School of Medicine provides free and confidential counseling services to resident and fellow physicians. Available services include individual, couples and family, and group counseling; consultation; programming; and emergency intervention. Among concerns are adjustment, alcohol or drug-related difficulties, anxiety/stress management, body image, depression, disordered eating, emotional response to physician responsibilities, harassment, individual differences, relationship difficulties, self-esteem, sexuality, sexual victimization, and suicidal thoughts.
All individuals are treated with respect regardless of age, color, counseling concern, ethnicity, gender, marital/parental status, national origin, race, religion, physical ability, sexual orientation, or veteran status. Counseling is confidential in accordance with state laws and ethical guidelines. Counseling records are maintained in files separate from the student/house staff files and cannot be accessed by faculty, staff, administrators, parents or other student/house staff without the individual’s written permission.
A resident or fellow, during a crisis, or for ongoing behavioral health care, can also choose to access their personal group health insurance in which they enrolled as an IU employee. This option involves some out-of-pocket expense to the individual. Find details of health insurance benefits for IU School of Medicine residents and fellows.
Physician Assistance Program
IU School of Medicine has contracted with the Indiana State Medical Association Physician Assistance Commission (ISMA-PAC) to coordinate efforts in identifying and assisting physicians with illnesses impairing their ability to practice medicine. These illnesses may include chemical dependency, psychiatric illnesses, and/or physical illnesses. The ISMA-PAC was created to assist in the identification, treatment, and rehabilitation of an impaired member of the medical staff and house staff.
The ISMA Commission serves all physicians who provide care at IU Health Methodist, IU Health University Hospital, Riley Hospital for Children at IU Health, VAMC, and Eskenazi Health Hospitals be they faculty, staff, or resident physicians. If intervention is deemed appropriate, it is undertaken in a confidential, positive, supportive manner, consistent with the laws of the State of Indiana, with the goals of recovery and rehabilitation foremost in mind. For confidential assistance, contact: Candace Backer, ISMA Physician Assistance Coordinator, 322 Canal Walk, Indianapolis, IN 46202; Phone: 317-261-2060 or 1-800-257-4762.
Mandated psychiatric or substance abuse evaluations may be requested by a residency training director or the Associate Dean for Graduate Medical Education when there is concern that a resident’s performance may be impaired by psychiatric illness or substance abuse. Results of a mandated evaluation are reported to the residency training director and to the Associate Dean for Graduate Medical Education. The results of such evaluations are circulated as narrowly as possible consistent with the need to establish fitness to continue in training. Refusal to cooperate with a mandated psychiatric or substance abuse evaluation may be considered grounds for administrative dismissal from the training program.
Employee Assistance Program
As employees of Indiana University, all IU School of Medicine residents and fellows have eligibility and access to the Indiana University Employee Assistance Program (IU EAP). A description of the program and access details are available at http://www.indiana.edu/~uhrs/benefits/eap.html.
Suzanne Kunkle, PhD, HSPP, provides counseling services to medical students and house staff at IU School of Medicine at no charge to the trainee. She sees patients at IUPUI Campus Health, which is physically and administratively independent of the GME Office. Counseling records are kept strictly confidential and internally at IUPUI Campus Health (1140 West Michigan Street, Coleman Hall, Suite 100). Call 317-274-8214 to make an appointment (Monday through Friday, noon to 6pm).
Spiritual Care and Chaplaincy Services
Beth Newton Watson, M.Div, BCC
Methodist Hospital – Wile Hall W230