GME Wellness Resources

Office of Graduate Medical Education

Welcome to the GME Wellness Resources Page

GME Wellness Goals:

The GME Department at the University of Nevada, Reno School of Medicine is dedicated to providing resources and programming to keep our resident physicians healthy and resilient.

Our goal is to create an environment where residents have the support to care for their physical and mental health needs. We also offer a variety of programs that will support residents in learning how to develop skill sets which will take them well beyond the GME experience and will support them throughout their career.

Resident Health Resources:

Confidential Mental Health Self Screening

Should you screen positive on any of the tests we encourage you to reach out to the mental health resources listed on the Screening for Mental Health website.

Home Town Health Resources

Resident Mental Health Resources:

Employee Assistance Program (EAP)

WorkLifeMatters is a confidential employee assistance program that provides employees and their dependents with a confidential assessment, problem identification, and assistance with certain life events.

  • They have 24 hour counseling available with licensed professionals
  • They also offer assistance with
    • Family matters like parenting, elder care, special needs help and more
    • Financial and legal assistance
    • Wellness assistance

For more information call (800) 386-7055 or visit WorkLifeMatters

Home Town Health Resources
GME Wellness Coordinator

For information about wellness resources contact Colleen Camenisch at (775) 284-9106.

GME Department

The GME department has an "open door" policy and is always available to address resident concerns. You can contact us at (775) 284-9155.

Crisis Services

In any emergency involving physical harm or a threat to a life, please call 911 (9-911 from a campus phone) or contact the Reno Police Department Dispatch at 334-COPS (2677) immediately.

  • Crisis Call Hotline: (775) 784-8090
  • National Suicide Prevention Hotline: (800) 273-8255
  • Hope Line Network: (800) 784-2433

How can a Chaplain offer support – Chaplains are trained clinicians who can offer support and reflective listening. They may be able to help you navigate some of the challenging situations that you are faced with during your years as a resident and beyond as a non-resident physician. They offer support with situations such as moral and ethical issues, grief and loss. They can offer spiritual support and they are also able to offer secular support. They are available Monday - Friday from 8am - 5pm but they also have on-call services for nights and weekends.

Renown: Brent Hoy-Bianchi – To reach spiritual care call: (775) 982-7676 e-mail

Wellness Courses and Events:

Mindfulness Based Skills for Physician Resiliency: The classes are one hour long and offered weekly for 8 weeks. The class will include a variety of meditation practices lead in class along with time for group dialogue/support and questions. Studies have reported that mindfulness-based interventions have the potential to reduce stress, mental distress, and anxiety in medical students and other graduate healthcare students (Barbosa et al., 2013; de Vibe et al., 2013; Rosenzweig, Reibel, Greeson, & Brainard, 2003; Shapiro, Schwart, & Bonner, 1998; Warnecke et al., 2011).There are also studies showing that physicians who practice mindfulness experience a decrease in medical errors, a decrease in implicit bias and an increase in empathy.

Goals and Learning Objectives:

  1. Aid residents in identifying and dealing effectively with stressors.
  2. Improve patient care by enabling future physicians to practice medicine mindfully.
  3. Provide tools for living more consciously in the present moment.
  4. Improved stress hardiness and resiliency.

Dates and Times: Times and dates are being determined, check soon for updates.

Monthly Learning Sessions:

Monthly learning sessions that will include focus areas related to common challenges health care professionals face such as:

  • Burnout and Resilience
  • Uncertainty in Medicine
  • Mindful Communication
  • Responding to Errors
  • Being with Suffering

These programs have been designed using the University of Rochester Medical Center's Mindful Practice Curriculum. Research on this curriculum has shown to help increase self-care, patient care, and resilience. Learn more about the University of Rochester Medical Center's Mindful Practice Curriculum research.

Mindfulness Apps:

Books and CD's: