Wellness Toolbox

Graduate Medical Education at UAB is committed to providing resources and techniques to ensure residents and fellows enrolled in UAB's training programs, are mentally and physically healthy and fit for training in the clinical learning environment.

Identifying Individuals At-Risk

In the current health care environment, physicians are at increased risk for burnout and depression. Self-care is an important component of professionalism and is a skill that must be learned. 

The Dean's Council for GME and the Graduate Medical Education Office encourages residents and faculty members to alert your Program Director, the GME Office, and/or other personnel when you are concerned that another resident, fellow, or faculty member may be displaying signs of burnout, depression, substance abuse, suicidal ideation, or potential for violence. 

Need Help? If a person is in immediate danger or has attempted suicide, call 911 or the UAB Police Department at 934-3535.

National Suicide Prevention Lifeline: 1-800-273-TALK(8255) OR text HELLO to the Crisis Text Line at 741-741; Go the Emergency Room or Call 911. suicidepreventionlifeline.org 

Birmingham Crisis Line: offers support 24 hours a day, 7 days a week at 205-323-7777

GME Office Phone Number: 205-934-4793

Confidential GME Hotline Phone Number: 205-934-5025

Professional Development Office Phone Number: 205-731-9799

Make the Difference: Preventing Medical Trainee Suicide

This four-minute video advises medical students, residents, and fellows on how to support each other, express concern to peers,and encourage help-seeking behavior (on behalf of the ACGME, Mayo Clinic, and the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention) 

Free Self-Screening Tools

Online Screen Tools offered by UAB's Employee Assistance & Counseling Center 
(The above link provides free and confidential screenings for mental health issues.) 
Professional Quality of Life (ProQol) Self-Test 
Life Stress Test
Professional Quality of Life Scale

Substance Abuse: Step-by-Step Guides

Substance Abuse Screening (ASSIST)
Alcohol Use Screening (AUDIT-C)
What to do if you have a problem with drugs
What to do if someone you know has a problem with drugs

Burnout and Depression

Mini-Z Burnout Inventory (American Medical Association)
Patient Health Questionnaire (PHQ-9)
Quick Inventory of Depressive Symptomatology (QIDS)
Maslach Burnout Inventory (MBI) is also available by contacting the GME Office at 205-934-4793.

Factors Affecting Clinician Well-Being and Resilience