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Resident Wellbeing Support Fund Award

The IU School of Medicine Resident Wellbeing Support Fund award was created through the Eleanor Talwar Resident Wellness Fund to support GME trainees who are experiencing personal hardship.

Trainees experiencing hardship must have a financial need demonstrated by increased expenses due to the hardship and lack of means to reasonably cover those expenses. For this award, “hardship” means an emergent or unexpected event that causes a burden on the trainee, such as being the victim of a crime or theft, expenses for an illness, fire, natural disaster or a sudden death. Expenses that may qualify for relief include the temporary need for food or shelter when stranded, injured or lost because of a disaster; the temporary inability to be self-sufficient because of a sudden and severe personal or family crisis; assistance with housing, childcare or educational expenses because of a disaster or a family crisis.

Award Amount

The recipient of this award will receive $600. This award will be given to up to five trainees annually.


  • All IU School of Medicine GME trainees (residents and fellows) will be eligible for this award.
  • Trainees can be nominated by their program director, faculty/staff, research mentor, peers, or self-nominated.


  • A letter of support (one paragraph) from a program director, staff member, mentor, faculty or peer attesting to the hardship as described by the trainee.
  • A letter (one paragraph) from the trainee describing the hardship and/or the financial need.

Nominations and application requirements can be sent to Zeina Nabhan, MD, Associate Dean for GME at

Request support

Nominations and application requirements can be sent to Zeina Nabhan, MD, Associate Dean for GME at
Abhipri Mishra; Cristina Alexandra Perez Viso, MD; Sean McGuire, MD; and Jack Benecke, DO.
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