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Meet our Wellness Director

After more than 30 years of practicing academic medicine, I am excited to take on a new challenge as Director of Wellness in the Department of Medicine. I completed my formal training and joined the UAB faculty in the Division of Pulmonary, Allergy & Critical Care Medicine in 1987. In the subsequent years, I have worked as a clinician, educator, and administrator. There have been tremendous rewards and a number of big challenges. Almost everyone who works in healthcare has experienced at least some of the symptoms of burnout, and I am no exception. Working in healthcare is highly rewarding and highly stressful.

For me, exercise has been a key strategy to maintain resilience and combat burnout. Thus, as we began to develop a communications structure to share ideas about wellness, it seemed natural to create a fitness-oriented persona as a vehicle for disseminating information. My alter-ego, Dr. Well-Be, is a comedic super-hero, dressed in running gear and a cape, who shares information about all aspects of wellness using a variety of media.

- Senior Advisor and Director of Wellness, John I. Kennedy Jr., MD

Wellness at UAB

We are fortunate that our university is heavily invested in promoting wellness. With its organizational home in UAB Human Resources, the UAB Employee Wellness program has established an active presence campus-wide promoting physical health with a strong emphasis on active living and healthy eating as well as early detection and prevention of illness. In 2017, the School of Medicine made a major commitment to wellness, appointing a Chief Wellness Officer in the Dean’s office and rolling out the Well-Being Index, a scientifically validated tool for the detection of symptoms of burnout. Request an access code to sign up for the Well-Being Index.

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The DOM Wellness Program has strong ties to these programs and will coordinate efforts to build integrated and complementary programs. Additonal wellness resources can also be found on the UAB Medicine intranet.

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Wellness is a broad and complex topic. Therefore, the DOM Wellness Program addresses wellness in a holistic fashion, focusing attention on physical, psychological and professional factors that promote well-being and resilience and mitigate burnout. The program’s mission is parallel to the DOM Mission and Vision Statement, that is “to create a Department where people work as well, as long and as happily as possible."

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