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Wellness Overview

Providing support and resources to encourage a healthy, satisfying training experience.

Wellness at McGaw

Providing care to patients begins with caring for oneself. Graduate medical training often requires mentally and physically rigorous work that can be emotionally draining and stressful. A key component of your success will be maintaining good health during training. McGaw understands and wants to help prepare trainees for continued success and health.  

You may need a new personal physician or mental health provider when you start training. Even if you have no medical problems, we strongly encourage you to make an appointment with a primary care provider. 

If you have been treated in the past for emotional or mental health issues, it’s especially important for you to continue treatment during training. This brief behavioral health screening is completely anonymous and confidential, and immediately following the brief questionnaire you will see your results, recommendations, and key resources.

Because McGaw is committed to helping make mental healthcare accessible for trainees, we offer two pathways toward support and care:  

  • For acute or urgent issues, trainees should utilize Perspectives for counseling available 24 hours a day. Call or text (800) 456-6327. 
  • For establishing ongoing care with a mental health professional, trainees should utilize McGaw’s Wellness Program with our partners at Meridian Psychiatric Partners. The wellness coordinator will respond to your email or call within 48 hours, discuss your needs, and help establish either short- or longer-term care with an appropriate provider. | (312) 477-2109

As a reminder, McGaw trainees are allowed to attend medical appointments during weekday clinical and educational hours. Trainees must inform their Program Director in a timely fashion if they will be away to attend a medical appointment.


Graduate medical training is rewarding and exciting, but can expose trainees to stress and can pose a challenge for balance in one's life. McGaw prioritizes the health and wellness of our residents and fellows. To ensure that wellness is a priority throughout the program, all our housestaff conduct a self-assessment every six months to discuss with their program directors.

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