Resources for House Staff

MORE WELLNESS RESOURCES FOR HOUSE STAFF

Gym Access

Residents and fellows have three different options available to them for workout facilities.

CUMC Bergan Mercy:
Residents and fellows have access to the Wellness Center at Bergan. To activate your membership, you must visit Administration, which is located in Room 1808 on the main level across from Elevator D.

Creighton University:
House staff may access gyms on the main Creighton University campus:

  • Kiewit Fitness Center
  • Rasmussen Center
  • Fitness Programs: Attend unlimited group fitness classes for only $50 per year
     

Lakeside:
Residents and fellows qualify for discounted membership to the Wellness Center at Lakeside.
Monthly Dues: $25 Individual, $41 Couple, $52 Family.

GME Safe Ride Home Program

If a situation arises where a resident or fellow (trainee) is unable to safely get home at the end of or during his/her shift due to extreme fatigue, illness or impairment, the trainee may use the Office of Graduate Medical Education (GME) Safe Ride Home Program. This program provides transportation to the trainee’s place of residence via Uber from an approved training site due to an approved reason. The GME Office will pay for 100% of the Uber ride (does not include tip).

Examples of Approved Reasons

  • You have worked extended hours (over 16 hours) and are feeling sleep-deprived.
  • You feel fatigued or ill and are concerned about falling asleep while driving, regardless of the length of shift you’ve worked.
  • You walk or use public transportation, and worked longer than expected and beyond when public transportation is available.
     

How to use the Emergency Ride Home Program

  • Access Uber App and order Uber ride
  • Provide record of transaction to GME office administrator within 7 days of use 

Occupational Health

Contact DeNean Carlson-Rozic at 402.398.6839 (office number).

Creighton University Wellness Program

Virgin Pulse is a health management program offering health screenings, coaching, programming, healthy habit tracking, resources, and rewards.

Spirituality

Chaplains

Rev. Barb Lenz: As a chaplain, I can provide spiritual help to residents, but I can also be a nonjudgmental listening ear when you need someone to talk to. Sometimes residency and life gets hard and you need someone to talk with that has no influence on evaluations or clinical situations.  

If you would ever like to speak with me, my office phone is 402.449.4240 and, for after-hours emergencies, my cell phone is 402.850.7835. My email is Barbra [dot] Lenz [at] alegent [dot] org.    

 

Rev. Ben Osborne: The Jesuit chaplain provides spiritual and pastoral care, guidance, and support to students, residents, fellows, faculty and staff of the Creighton University School of Medicine (CUSOM).

That means I try to be a calm, welcoming, compassionate presence, and I hope to help students and residents find perspective and balance. One of my particular interests is in helping students and residents to reflect on their experience to probe the depths of meaning it holds, as well as integrating their professional experiences with their faith commitments.
 
My background is in retreat and spiritual direction, which helps me to listen with a sympathetic and discerning ear.
 
I want the chaplain’s office to be a safe space, outside of the realm of grading and evaluation, where members of CUSOM community can turn for help and support. My office is in Dr. C.C. and Mabel L. Criss Health Sciences Complex III, Room 351 and my phone number is 402.280.4755.

Religious Services

Daily masses offered at CHI Health Creighton University School of Medicine Bergan Mercy Chapel at 9 a.m. See https://www.chihealth.com/PastoralCare
Weekly masses offered at CHI Health Creighton University School of Medicine Immanuel Chapel at 9 a.m. See https://www.chihealth.com/PastoralCare

Additional Services at:

Confidential Reporting Form

Report concerns anonymously to the GME office through the confidential reporting form.

Health & Wellness Apps

Fitness

  • Jefit – Create personalized workout routines, track and record your training, and analyze your workout data to improve results. 
  • RunKeeper – Track your distance, pace, calories burned and your route. It integrates with your phone’s music and makes it easy to share your accomplishments.
  • Simply Yoga – Contains 20, 40, or 60 minute yoga routines that step you through each pose. Each pose is demonstrated by a certified personal trainer; simply choose your workout length and follow along in the comfort of your home.
     

Nutrition

  • Dirty Dozen – This ranks fruits and veggies based on their level of pesticide residue to help you know what produce to buy organic, and what produce is fine to buy conventionally.

Relationships

  • My Plan – Determines if a relationship is unsafe and helps to create the best action plan by weighing an individual’s unique characteristics and values.
     

Relaxation

  • Breathe2Relax – Breathe2Relax is a portable stress management tool that provides detailed information on the effects of stress on the body and instructions and practice exercises to help users learn the stress management skill called diaphragmatic breathing. 
  • Calm – Calm can help you meditate, sleep, relax, focus and much more. This app includes guided meditations, music, and nature scenes.
  • Headspace – Headspace is meditation made simple. Install today to learn meditation and mindfulness in just 10 minutes a day. 

Spirituality

  • JesuitPrayer app: – This app offers Ignatian spiritual reflection to integrate into your daily life.
     

Stress

  • Gratitude & Happiness – Self-help Journal, To do, Thoughts & Mood Tracker
  • SAM App – An application to help users understand and manage anxiety. 
  • Stress Check – This research-based assessment tool provides users with an overall stress score that illuminates their current level of stress. 
  • Virtual Hope Box – Virtual Hope Box contains simple tools to help people with coping, relaxation, distraction and positive thinking.
  • White Noise – A useful app for building good sleep hygiene.
  • Wunderlist – Maintain multiple to-do lists, sync them on all your devices, use drag and drop to organize them, and use email reminders and push notifications to make sure you get everything done. 

Lactation Rooms

Lactation Rooms on the Bergan Campus

  • 3North – ICU (Rm 3728) - (by the staff locker room)
  • 2North Room 2735
  • Postpartum – Lower Level of Medical Building One
  • Labor & Delivery – 2nd floor pavilion (Rm 2903A) – It’s off the main elevators to the left. Go down the hall like you are going to the NICU.  There is a little hall to the left with a door.  It’s in that hallway, (this one is difficult to get to, but the nursing staff can show where it is if needed).
  • Lab – room 1934
  • House staff lounge in the hospital, Room 2305. See GME for access
  • Education Building, 4th Floor, Room 41227

Dining Options: CUMC Bergan Mercy

Healing Ground Coffee Shop: Every day, 7 a.m. – 2:30 p.m.

Cafeteria: Monday – Friday, 7 a.m. – 2:30 p.m. 

Subway

  •  Monday – Thursday: 10:30 a.m. – 2 a.m.
  •  Friday: 10:30 a.m. – 10 p.m.
  •  Saturday: 7 a.m. – 10 p.m.
  •  Sunday: 7 a.m. – 2 a.m.
     

Common CENTS Vending: Entrees, salads, sandwiches, soups, fruit, and yogurt are always available.

Parental Leave Support

House staff have access to a 4-week online program to assist new parents in returning to work. You will learn practical solutions to address complex logistics, feel more calm and empowered in your return to work, and find balance between both demanding roles. You will also connect with a community of other parents who are walking in your shoes. This program is designed to help you lead, grow, and thrive in your new role. Contact Dr. Allison Harlow to sign up.

Learning Resources

The ACGME Milestones Guidebook for Residents and Fellows offers an overview of the process of competency-based education. Use this to help you develop your individualized professional goals, and discover tips on how to seek and receive feedback. 

The Resident JGME (Journal of Graduate Medical Education) provides open access articles and a forum for discussion on topics relevant to resident physician life.

Visit the Learning Lab at NEJM Resident 360 to find interactive teaching and learning tools. 

The AAMC offers advice related to residency, including transitioning to residency, training opportunities, career pathways, tips on preparing your CV, guidance on managing your finances, job boards, and more.

The MedEdPortal is a peer-reviewed, open-access journal that promotes educational scholarship and dissemination of teaching and assessment resources in the health professions.

Family Support

The House Officers Association Alliance (HOAA) is a network of spouses and families of medical students, residents, and fellows from Creighton University and The University of Nebraska Medical Center. They host monthly member social events, bi-monthly playgroup events for those with children, and have special interest groups for those who are interested. Their mission is to provide support and community for those experiencing the medical training journey.

About Omaha

For information about local resources and attractions, see About Omaha.

Career Development

Residents and fellows can access the Creighton University John P. Fahey Career Center for assistance with Curriculum Vitae (CV) review.