Meet the new Wellness Office faculty associates

July 13, 2021  //  FOUND IN: Our Employees

The Michigan Medicine Wellness Office received an impressive, diverse cohort of applicants for the 2021-2022 Faculty Associate program.

The office is pleased to announce that six faculty associates have been selected to participate in scholarly work addressing drivers of workplace well-being for faculty staff, and learners over the next 12 months. Their effort will be supported by the Wellness Office and they will identify solutions to inform decision-making at the organizational level.

The associates are listed below, including their priority areas of focus:

  • Anita Amin, M.D., will be exploring solutions to address administrative burden, particularly focused on organizational email usage among faculty, staff, and learners.
  • Kris Chrouser, M.D., M.P.H., will be evaluating job resources and job demands to improve teamwork and reduce burnout across the institution.
  • Helen Morgan, M.D., will be developing a multi-faceted approach to facilitate the development of communities of support for parents working at Michigan Medicine.
  • Lauren Owens, M.D., M.P.H., will be piloting solutions to address barriers to vacation and sabbatical usage to improve work-life balance among those in the Michigan Medicine community.
  • Raf Rizk, M.D., will be researching how electronic health record (EHR) usage at Michigan Medicine contributes to burnout and identifying solutions to reduce the negative impact of the EHR on faculty well-being.
  • Gurjit Sandhu, Ph.D., will be utilizing a phased approach to identify effective strategies to improve psychological safety among faculty and residents.

The Wellness Office looks forward to supporting the associates in their endeavors, sharing lessons learned and collaborating to improve workplace well-being at Michigan Medicine.

Visit the Wellness Office website for more information.

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