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Wellness and Support
Financial Support For Residents
LEAF: Employer Sponsored Charitable Emergency Fund
LEAF is an employer-sponsored charitable emergency fund launched by Chancellor Collins in 2019 to serve as a source of financial relief for UMMS learners who have encountered hardship from sudden, unexpected, time-limited expenses that could jeopardize the ability of the learner to persist in their training and education on our campus. The term learners, and the intended recipients of this funding, includes students from the three schools who are enrolled full-time in degree granting programs and residents/fellows in UMMS GME training programs.
Chronic, ongoing financial challenges are not addressed by these emergency funds. Consultation with the Office of Financial Aid is recommended for students with chronic, ongoing financial challenges. Additionally, each student receiving emergency funds should seek consultation with the Office of Financial Aid to ensure that there are no other institutional sources of aid that are available to the student.
Tax Implications of LEAF Funding
It is the learner’s responsibility to consult with their tax advisor regarding the personal tax implications of receiving LEAF funding. Residents, fellows and post-doctoral scholars will receive funds through payroll, and these funds will be taxed at the time of disbursement. Students will receive funds through a check and will not be taxed at the time of disbursement; they must work with their tax advisor to determine whether the funds are taxable. A standard letter of information will be provided to learners at the time of disbursement.
UMass ASC Fitness Center (Albert Sherman Center, ASC3.1020)
• Open 24/7
• Staff onsite Monday through Thursday, 6 a.m. to 7 p.m. and Friday 6 a.m. to 6 p.m.
• $25/month for employees – 50% subsidy by UMMS with balance usually eligible for health plan reimbursement. (one-time processing fee waived for new residents and fellows within 30 days of hire).
• Services include: use of all of its amenities including group fitness classes such as group cycle, strength, kickboxing, pilates, yoga, barre, Zumba, HITT, aerobics, free orientation and fitness assessments
Resident/Fellow Wellness at UMass
Impact of a family medicine resident wellness curriculum: a feasibility study
Up to 60% of practicing physicians report symptoms of burnout, which often peak during residency. Residency is also a relevant time for habits of self-care and resiliency to be emphasized. A growing literature underscores the importance of this; however, evidence about effective burnout prevention curriculum during residency remains limited.
UMMS Center for Mindfulness in Medicine, Healthcare, and Society
The mission of the Center for Mindfulness is to explore, understand, articulate and further mindfulness in the lives of individuals, organizations and communities through clinical care, rigorous scientific research, professional training, and informed public discourse.